Alan Hitchcox

Penton Media Inc.

Alan became a technical editor in 1981 and joined Hydraulics & Pneumatics in 1987. After serving in the US Army as a wheeled vehicle mechanic, he graduated with a BS in engineering technology from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, while working as an industrial service coordinator and project manager at an industrial distributor. He has taken technical courses in fluid power and electronic and digital control at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and has served on several industry committees.

Multi-Domain Modeling and Simulation Intended for Fluid Power

Easy5 software is a graphics-based tool for modeling, simulation, and design of multi-domain dynamic systems characterized by differential, difference, and algebraic equations. Systems that can be analyzed using Easy5 include hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, electrical, thermal, powertrain, vehicle dynamics, digital/analog control systems, and more.

2015 Fluid Power Manufacturers Index

This list is a compendium of  hundreds of manufacturers and service providers in the fluid power industry. Advertisers in our January 2015 issue appear in bold, with complete contact information and hyperlinks to their websites. 


A & A Mfg. Co. Inc., (262) 786-1500,

A&R Hydraulics, (586) 756-2810,

AAA Products International, (214) 357-3851,

Fluid power innovator dies at 96
Bob Firth was a self-made engineer, studying engineering at the New York City Public Library while working for Republic Aviation, manufacturer of the Thunderbolt fighter-bomber of WW2 fame.
Self-made hydraulics expert dies in Texas

Joseph W. P.  Masculine, of Montgomery, Texas, died December 23, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Born September 21, 1953 in Columbia, S.C., he worked in several states serving the hydraulics industry. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Stewart Masculine; son, Ian Andrew Masculine, mother, Geraldine Masculine; brother, John C.

Ohio Town Welcomes First Hydraulic Hybrid Garbage Trucks

Shortly after midnight on February 15, 2014, firefighters in Oberlin, Ohio responded to a fire at the city’s refuse vehicle garage. The building housed all six of the city’s refuse collection and recycling trucks. All of them were destroyed. Scott Broadwell, President of Oberlin’s City Council, said it was fortunate that no one was injured in the incident, and leadership for the city of Oberlin acted quickly by renting two trucks to begin waste collection the following Tuesday.

A Noteworthy Keynote at the International WorkBoat Show
One of the keynote speakers at the International WorkBoat Show was Richard Phillips, the former captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, a container ship that was hijacked by pirates April 8, 2009 off the coast of Somalia.
Proposed Standard Addresses Bio-Friendly Hydraulic Fluids

Biodegradable hydraulic fluids are being specified with increasing frequency by governmental and industrial entities.

Wally O'Brien: 1950 - 2014

Wallace “Wally” Arthur O’Brien, 64, of Wolfeboro, Vt., died Nov. 15, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Born Sept. 11, 1950 in Elizabeth, N.

Ameripride Takes Delivery of First Hydraulic Hybrid Truck
Lightning Hybrids provides system that reduces emissions and cuts fuel costs
Electrohydraulic Proportional Valve Tolerates Heavy Shock
Series TEB proportional valves from Atos Spa,use digital control, making them impervious to the EMI and RFI that can plague analog devices.
Hydraulics Essential to Mobile Forklift
More and more forklift trucks are moving from the conventional 4-wheel type to a truck-mounted, all-terrain forklift.
Pneumatics, with a side of fries
A New Zealand restaurant installed a pneumatic tube conveying system to add an effective and creative twist to customers’ food delivery experience.
Accumulator designed for deep-water applications
The Lockbox piston accumulator design addresses issues of costly, time-consuming, and complicated offshore accumulator service by removing the issue of corroded large threads.
Fluid condition monitors
AZ 2 ATEX fluid condition monitors feature eight-channel contamination measurement and display; measurement of international standard forms; data logging and 4000 test memory; and PLC control across various communication protocols.
Ultra-fine filtered synthetic hydraulic oil
Klübersynth FB-4 series ultra-fine filtered synthetic hydraulic oil extends component life and lowers operating cost.
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