Alan Hitchcox

Alan
L.
Hitchcox
Editor,
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.

Articles
Special Fittings Help Keep Samples Clean
Obtaining a viable fluid sample from a hydraulic system isn't always easy, but here's a handy device that simplifies the procedure.
Find Out How Your Filters Are Doing
Methods of assessing fluid cleanliness have become more sophisticated and effective, as well as easier and more convenient to use.
A Logical Choice for Relief Valves
Effective use of logic elements is a key to designing cost-effective circuits and is limited only by the designer’s imagination. Most experienced hydraulic circuit designers know and understand the many ways to apply logic elements.
Bosch Rexroth Pneumatics is now Aventics 1
Standalone company formed for well-known pneumatics team
Bimba Manufacturing at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Kent Sowatzke from Bimba Manufacturing discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
What's the Difference Between Piston and Bladder Accumulators?
Alan Hitchcox from Hydraulics & Pneumatics discusses accumulators, including the differences between piston and bladder types, with Brian Sternberg from Tobul Accumulator at the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Parker Hannifin at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
John Treharn from Parker Hannifin discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Compact instrument packs multiple features

Serviceman Plus is a portable and easy-to-use instrument that measures pressure, flow, speed, and temperature in mobile and industrial hydraulic systems. Data can be saved to a removable USB stick or transferred through its USB interface to a PC for further analysis.

New brake increases dragline’s uptime

The Sheerness Mine, located at Hanna, northeast of Calgary, Alberta, operates around the clock to produce fuel for the nearby Sheerness Generating Station that has two coal-fired electricity-generating units.

Bosch Rexroth at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Stefan Spindler from Bosch Rexroth discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Eaton at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Jeff Finch and Eddie Phillips from Eaton discuss significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Freudenberg-NOK at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Joel Johnson from Freudenberg-NOK discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
2014 Hydraulics & Pneumatics Best of Industry Awards
After tallying the results from our readers, we proudly present the winners of our Hydaulics & Pneumatics Best of Industry Awards from the 2014 IFPE show in Las Vegas!
Living Legend: Jack Johnson - Hydraulics & Pneumatics

An electrohydraulic specialist and fluid power engineering consultant, we are proud to announce that Jack Johnson is the recipient of our 2014 Hydraulics & Pneumatics Living Legend Award. Jack is also a former instructor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, former Director of the Fluid Power Institute, and current President of IDAS Engineering.

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