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Mar 28, 2017

Use an Infrared Heat Dectector to Assess Health of Hydraulic Systems

If your hydraulic system is running a fever, it’s probably trying to tell you something is wrong. Here’s how to interpret what it’s saying....More
Mar 08, 2017

Does Fluid Power Have a Gender Issue?

A study conducted on women in engineering showed that some women are leaving the field because of a culture that does not take them seriously....More
Feb 13, 2017

Double-Indemnity Insurance for Your Pump

Perhaps a compromise can be reached when it comes to the argument of whether or not to use a suction strainer—incorporate a bypass....More
Feb 01, 2017

Fewer Hydraulic Connections Means Fewer Problems

Starting with a problem of excessive oil leakage, a large automotive engine plant is systematically "revitalizing" its hydraulically actuated....More
Dec 16, 2016

In the Driver’s Seat

All the shows we cover deal with fluid power in some size, shape, or form....More
Nov 22, 2016

Really! A Pneumatic Airplane?

A reader in Germany recently contacted me to see if I could provide a copy of an article from 1959 on servovalves. I told him I'd be happy to fulfill....More
Nov 16, 2016

Do You Serve the Packaging Industry?

InterOcean Advisors LLC is an investment bank that provides merger, acquisition, and capital-raising advisory services to manufacturing companies....More
Sep 22, 2016

No Matter What, MINExpo is the Place To Be

Held only once every four years, the MINExpo conference in Las Vegas will bring together more than 70 companies promoting fluid power products and....More
Jul 22, 2016

FREE Webinar Aids Design of Compact Track Loader Drives

Time is running out to sign up for a free webinar on drive selection for compact track loaders.The compact track loader (CTL) market has been growing....More
Jul 06, 2016

¿Comprende Hidráulica y Neumática en Español?

“Do you understand hydraulics and pneumatics in Spanish?” Ricardo Solórzano's blog brings the world of fluid power to the Spanish-speaking population....More
Jun 25, 2016

FREE Software Helps You Draw Fluid Power Schematics

One of the most frequent inquiries that comes my way is where to find inexpensive software for drawing hydraulic and pneumatic schematics. I've....More
Jun 13, 2016

A Snapshot of Social Media

From its start with AOL and CompuServe to today's LinkedIn and Facebook, what twists and turns will social media now take with the onset of the....More
May 17, 2016

Fluid Power Gives Robot Arms All the Right Moves

Hydraulics and pneumatics technologies are two widely accepted methods of power transmission. Hydraulics is most often used for its ability to move....More
May 09, 2016

My Kind of Opinion Polls

As the presidential election draws closer, it makes me think of the important trends revealed from the polls and surveys we conduct at Hydraulics....More
Apr 20, 2016

Hydraulics Places Pizza Pepperoni

Most of us have popped a frozen pizza into a conventional or microwave oven in an effort to satisfy the munchies. But I doubt any of us ever thought....More

Alan Hitchcox

Alan joined Hydraulics & Pneumatics in 1987 with experience as a technical magazine editor and in industrial sales. He graduated with a BS in engineering technology from Franklin University and...
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