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 Power Associates Becomes Atos North America

Atos SpA, Sesto Calende, Italy, announced today that it has acquired full ownership of Fluid Power Associates, Inc., an import, distribution, and repair center for electrohydraulic components in which Atos held a minority stake.  The name of the newly restructured company is Atos North America.  The purchase will allow the Italian hydraulics manufacturer to better operate in the North American market by providing a larger local stock, enhanced technical support, and better customer service.

CFC Training Hits 25-year Milestone

CFC Industrial Training, a division of CFC Solar, Inc. began a year-long celebration of 25 years as a global leader in providing industrial skills training and consulting for companies across the US, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Has the Next Generation Arrived?
Aside from a big jump from analog to digital control, electronics in fluid power has gone through evolutionary changes. Components with Bluetooth and similar wireless communication have only recently been introduced to the fluid power market, though.
Smart Actuation of Pumps and Valves
New actuation technology holds promise to do away with the need for pilot circuits for valves in mobile hydraulic systems.
Like Magnets on Steroids
This hydraulic filtration technology combining magnets and specially formed steel plates collects sub-micron and larger-sized contaminants from hydraulic fluid.
Time Running Out to Submit Abstracts for FPIRC
Industry Invited to Submit Presentations for the Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference (FPIRC 2015)
Hydraulics? What’s Your Pleasure?
What machine would you say most exemplifies the benefits of hydraulics?
New Catalog Covers Vehicle Air Valves, Controls
DEL Hydraulics recently released a 28-page catalog describing pneumatic components for controlling hoists, power takeoffs, dump pumps, plows, and other functions on work trucks.
More Hydraulic Hybrids on the Horizon
Kiessling Transit's fleet of new 2015 and 2016 Ford E450 chassis and Elkhart Coach bodies will incorporate the Lightning Hybrids parallel hybrid system installed prior to delivery this summer.
Hydraulic Fluids Meet Tighter Requirements for Marine Vessels
Chevron Products recently introduced Clarity Synthetic environmentally acceptable hydraulic and gear oils, which provide lubrication and thermodynamic properties and seal compatibility for hydraulic equipment and industrial gearing.
Check Fluid Temperature…From Your Smartphone
Parker Hannifan's new temperature-sensing clamp offers an even more portable and quicker way to obtain hydraulic-fluid temperature readings.
Bluetooth Comes to Cartridge Valves
A new development in cartridge valves enables embedded amplifiers to be configured via an iOS or Android app using Bluetooth for quick, easy, reliable wireless calibration
Hydraulics Zips Along Golden Gate Bridge 3

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the great icons of America, but rush-hour traffic has been a nightmare for decades. Officials have wrestled with many different potential solutions to traffic congestion on the bridge, but none were implemented because Northern Californians are unwilling to see the beauty of their historic landmark desecrated. Even if a solution could be implemented, costs would likely be excessive.

Big Rigs Walk the Walk
When several wells must to be drilled close to each other, it's cost-efficient to move the drilling rig from slot to slot, which prompted the development of fully automated walking rigs.
Closing the Loop on Pneumatic Drive Control
A new servopneumatic proportional control system is intended for applications requiring simultaneous high speed and high force control for positioning a cylinder anywhere along its stroke.
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