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.

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.
Field-programmable pressure switch with LED display

What makes the  TDEPD Series pressure switch different from other programmable electronic pressure switches is its 4-digit, bi-color LED display. Not only does the pressure reading scroll 360° around the circumference of the transducer, it is displayed in either red or green. Green inidcates that the pressure is within a prescribed range, and red indicates that pressure is out of range. This lets workers know immediately if pressure is excessively high or low without having to read values. The display can also be locked  in one location.

Wireless Bluetooth Pressure Transducer
Bluetooth-certified wireless pressure transducer with long battery life is intended for industrial, commercial, and even residential applications. Download the free app, install the transducer, and wirelessly monitor pressure.
Seed Conveyor Has Self-Contained Hydraulics
Tractors, of course, have become an integral part of any farm. You’ll see them at work tilling the soil, planting seed, applying fertilizers and pesticides, harvesting, and preparing the soil for next year’s crop.
From the Editor: Troubleshooting Is Troubleshooting
As I mentioned in last month’s column, I don’t just edit material for Hydraulics & Pneumatics, I learn from it. You can, too.
Hydrostatic Drive Is "Berry" Precise

Industrial robots have had a profound effect on manufacturing by improving productivity, quality, and consistency. But robots are no longer confined to the factory floor. Agricultural robots are beginning to take the place of human hands in tasks much more sensitive than those typically found in manufacturing. Agrobot, Oxnard, Calif., has been working with local growers to test and perfect its SW6010 robotic strawberry harvester in California.

Class 3 NFPA Hydraulic Cylinders

NFPA interchangeable high pressure hydraulic cylinder product line. Time-proven 3-groove piston with cast iron rings outboard and a "GT" positive seal in the center groove. Each assembly is proof tested (as a pressure vessel) at 5,000 psi. More than 20 mounting styles in 14 bore sizes from 2½ to 5 in. are standard.

Preventing Hydraulic Failures
Preventing Hydraulic Failures explains how different types of hydraulic components are constructed, the conditions that cause them to fail, and how to prevent these conditions from occurring.
App Identifies Threads
Identifying threads on hydraulic fittings just got easier with Thread ID Mate, a mobile app from RYCO Hydraulics.
ORAs Improve Filter Breathers
Gangnon’s Oilmiser Reservoir Aspirator (ORA) is installed between a standard reservoir and filter breather. It has two airflow passageways, each with a check valve.
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