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.

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.
Electronic controllers offer drop-in replacement
The P-Series Bear Bones controllers, consisting of open-board controllers, specialty function expanders, and I/O expanders, have a footprint identical to the original Bear Bones series, making them mechanical drop-in replacements.
The next chapter for the CCEFP
A lot of companies spend a lot of money on research, but the CCEFP provides a means to combine efforts and resources to help ensure a strong future for fluid-power technology.
Are You Using EtherCAT?
EtherCAT products from Balluff Inc., such as linear position transducers, network blocks, network cables, indicator lights, RFID read/write heads, tags, and processors, meet the open industrial Ethernet protocol's standards for automation applications.
Hose Family Aims at Simplicity
GlobalCore – a series of five types of hydraulic hose and two series of fittings that match them all – significantly reduces engineering and service complexity by covering the most commonly used constant-working-pressure classes in industry
The Big 5 for Electric Motors
Understanding the basic parameters of electric motors is key when specifying one for a particular HPU application, so one must consider five basic factors: horsepower, rotational speed, voltage/phase, frame size/configuration, and enclosure.
Hydraulic Die-Cushion Drive Can Save Significant Energy on Presses
Voith’s CSH die-cushion drive, which consists of a servopump and a double-acting die cushion mounted underneath the bolster plate. needs no valves and significantly reduces energy consumption of the press.
Hydraulic Traction Circuit Treats Golf-Course Greens Gently
The Toro Co. has designed and patented a hydraulic traction circuit that enables a groundskeeper to easily manicure golf greens with the speed and convenience of a riding mower. The triplex configuration has two drive tires in front and a steering tire in back.
Is hydraulic fluid in your blood?
I’ve met a lot of people through the years who are really passionate about fluid power technology — and, especially, hydraulics. I share this passion, but I don’t get to practice it. So I often feel like a sportswriter who gets to report on all the goings-on and talk to the stars, but I don’t get to play the game.
Sealed Shut
Effective high-pressure sealing requires a material or a combination of materials with sufficient tear strength, hardness, and modulus to prevent extrusion through the gap. At pressures of 5000 to 7000 psi, the strongest elastomeric materials in standard seal configurations resist the extrusion without reinforcement. At higher pressures, the elastomeric sealing element must be backed by a higher modulus and harder material. Various, more-or-less standard, backup configurations have demonstrated their effectiveness over many years.
Bimba's new IntelliSense technology provides predictive intelligence for pneumatics
IntelliSense offers condition-based monitoring to maximize machine productivity and reliability.
Hydraulic Mulcher Puts Land-Clearing Into High Gear
Land-clearing operations frequently process plant clippings, tree branches, and other debris by mulching. Hydraulic drives built into professional-grade mulchers deliver the high torque and dead-on speed control needed to quickly and efficiently turn such debris into a pile of mulch for composting, landscaping, or other form of recycling.
No Break for Rod Bearings in Hostile Conditions
The process of coupling rail cars together to assemble a train is called “humping.” In this process, an individual car is pushed over a small hill, or hump. As the car descends the other side of the hill, it coasts until it contacts another car and automatically couples to it.
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