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 industiral 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.

TE Connectivity acquires American Sensor Technologies (AST)

TE Connectivity Ltd., Schaffhausen, Switzerland,  announced that it has completed the acquisition of American Sensor Technologies Inc. (AST), a manufacturer of pressure and position sensing products with 2013 revenues of approximately $20 million. The acquisition further expands TE’s growing portfolio of sensors and sensor systems. 

Mighty Minis of Construction

Construction equipment requires lots of power for digging, breaking, hauling, and any other heavy-duty task at hand. But just because compact construction machines are smaller than their full-size counterparts doesn’t mean they can skimp on power. They still need plenty of force for digging, high torque for drilling, and enough power to work quickly.

A Flak Jacket for Hose

Today’s hydraulic hose is tougher than ever. Manufacturers now offer a wide variety of extra-tough cover materials that resist chemicals, heat, sunlight, and abrasion. But in some of the most demanding applications, providing more protection can extend the hose life even further. That’s where hose sleeves come in.

Sensor Sets the Table in Simplicity

Whenever you’ve eaten at a restaurant, cafeteria, or anywhere else outside the home, you were most likely served by products from The Vollrath Co. LLC (, Sheboygan, Wis. Vollrath makes a huge variety of both simple and sophisticated products and equipment related to food and beverages — from ketchup squirt bottles to stainless steel cookware and food preparation machines to sophisticated serving stations that keep salads cool and soups hot.

From the Editor: Making a Connection in Wisconsin
I had the pleasure of visiting The Vollrath Co. LLC, in Sheboygan, Wis., several weeks ago. Vollrath makes just about every type of commercial food and beverage preparation and serving product you can imagine — and many you probably can’t.
IC Fluid Power Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
IC Fluid Power, the North American sourcing, sales, and marketing hub for The International Hydraulic Group, serves as the connection between engineers, purchasing departments, and project managers across the globe for custom hydraulic systems and hydraulic components.
Aventics Corp. Offers Free Trade-in Program
Aventics Corp. (formerly Bosch Rexroth Pneumatics Group), Lexington, Ky., recently launched a program,
Upcoming Fluid-Power Conference
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) will host the Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference 2014 October 13-15 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Giant carrier has 24 hydraulic steerable axles
Giant self-propelled mobile transports lift and transport stacks of steel plate weighing up to 250 tonnes each.

Line of intensifiers and boosters is intended for any low, medium, or high-pressure application. Hydraulic boosters convert low-pressure shop air into hydraulic (including water hydraulic) power at high pressure. The boosters come with hard-coated aluminum tubing to provide a wear-resistant, low-friction surface.

Smart, Compact Actuator for Mobile Hydraulic Valves
Sonceboz SA, Sonceboz-Sombeval, Switzerland, specializes in intelligent electrical drive systems for customized applications. Its product portfolio includes stepper motors, brushless DC motors, high-torque motors, and electrical linear drives...
How to Prevent Wear in Pivot Points
Pivot points with low-speed motion, high loading, and, especially, high impact, are often an issue for operators, service technicians, and the design engineer.
Deep-Sea Accumulator Servicing Just Got Easier — and Faster
Ever since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a more-urgent need for scheduled maintenance of critical equipment has occurred in the offshore oil and gas industry. Such equipment includes the blowout preventer (BOP) and its main components, such as the piston accumulators.
LSHT Motor Is Foundation of Drive
American Piledriving Equipment (APE), Kent, Wash., forms the foundation of large construction projects. Literally. Among the many heavy-duty machines the company designs and manufactures are top-drive augers, which drill holes into the ground for foundations.
Fluid Does Double Duty in Construction Equipment
Construction companies always want to get projects done on time and under budget, and a high-efficiency hydraulic fluid lets them do both.
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