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Jul 16, 2015

The Sweet Spot for Hydraulic Hybrids

I met with officials of Lightning Hybrids at the Work Truck Show, held earlier this year in Indianapolis. Lightning Hybrids held a press conference....More
Jul 09, 2015

Of Airplanes and Hydraulic Oil

his is the second month in a row where I feel compelled to pay tribute to someone important to the fluid power industry who has died. Ned Stull....More
Jul 01, 2015

How to Design Stable Closed-Loop Circuits

Robert Burton was an expert in electrohydraulic servo system design for more than 40 years. He contributed articles to Hydraulics & Pneumatics....More
Jun 09, 2015

Free Webcast Drives Home Benefits of Proactive Maintenance

Officials at Noria Corp. explain that the cost of a reactive maintenance program can be up to ten times that of a proactive approach. This affects....More
May 29, 2015

How to Calculate Loop Gain in Electrohydraulic Servo Systems

Hey, don't look at me; I'm no expert in this field. But Robert Burton certainly was. He authored countless books and technical paper covering....More
May 13, 2015

Hydraulics Becomes Art

I've never been to Rotterdam, Netherlands, and I probably never will. But if, like me, you're a hydraulics person, the spotlights at....More
Apr 24, 2015

Using Water Glycol as Your Hydraulic Fluid?

Using water glycol for a system's hydraulic fluid requires a lot of investigation....More
Mar 23, 2015

Do You Still Dabble in QBASIC?

Even though QBASIC is a real antique as far as software goes, it can still useful for creating relatively simple control programs. You can download a....More
Feb 23, 2015

Find a Job in Fluid Power

Seems like at least nine out of ten people I meet in the fluid power industry stay in the fluid power industry. Time and again, I hear someone has....More
Feb 13, 2015

Are you (or a kid you know) into Lego?

If you're reading this, you're probably interested in hydraulics, pneumatics, or both. And, to quote Bill Cosby, you probably "started....More
Jan 21, 2015

A True Steam Shovel

I'm a member of our local historical society, and I often look through old pics and negatives when I visit. Last night I came a cross this....More
Nov 22, 2014

A Look at Hydraulic Hose Failures

We regularly look at what types of articles draw the most visitors on our websites. One of the biggies is maintenance. What's interesting about....More
Nov 13, 2014

Tried & True Ways of Dealing with Air in Hydraulic Fluid

Symptoms typical of an aerated hydraulic system plagued the F-104 aircraft for years. Aeration was caused by system components with built-in....More
Nov 08, 2014

Hydraulics in the Aftermath of Pearl Harbor

Quick action using hydraulics helped right many of the warships damaging in the attack on Pearl Harbor....More
Aug 14, 2014

No man is an island

And neither is fluid power. Unless you're buliding a test bench to evaluate or demonstrate a hydraulic or pneumatic component, every fluid power....More
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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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