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Feb 24, 2013

The Old Timer Part 12: Sometimes, Instruments can be Too Sensitive

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
Feb 19, 2013

The Old Timer Part 11: Mechanical Press Raises Air Pressure

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
Feb 13, 2013

A reservoir for police dogs instead of hydraulic fluid

Most of the material on our website and, especially, Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine, delas with fluid power and related technology. Well, if....More
Feb 07, 2013

The Old Timer Part 10: Strange Things can Happen in Return Lines

Tank or return lines often are the orphans of hydraulic design procedures. What can go wrong in a piece of pipe that only has to carry low-pressure....More
Feb 02, 2013

The Old Timer Part 9: Pump Torture Test

What happens when flow from a pump exceeds flow into the control valve?....More
Jan 28, 2013

The Old Timer Part 8: High Pressure Isn’t Always the Answer

Don't use high-pressure air for low-pressure work....More
Jan 22, 2013

The Old Timer Part 7: It’s Tough to Outwit the Night Shift

Making pressure setting tamper-proof is no easy task....More
Jan 15, 2013

The Old Timer Part 6: Rube Goldberg Would Have Loved This One

When cold temperatures kept air cylinders from applying full, an air-over-oil circuit using anti-freeze as the fluid solved the problem....More
Jan 11, 2013

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Part 5 — How Fast Can You Push Oil?

A huge die-casting machine presented the opportunity to see how fast you can push oil. What happens when fluid velocity approaches 100 ft/sec?....More
Jan 06, 2013

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Part 4

The cause of hot and sluggish pump operation was found to be a simple problem....More
Jan 02, 2013

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Part 3

Cleaning and inspection reveal problems with short-lived pumps....More
Dec 29, 2012

LC-130F Hercules comes out of deep freeze

This entry will be a brief departure from my coverage of the Old Timer from Royal Oak. While going through issues of H&P from the late 1980s....More
Dec 14, 2012

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Part 2

Heavy shock can quickly destroy pressure gauges and transducers. Here's how one person overcame the problem....More
Dec 07, 2012

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., Part 1

When I began my career with H&P more than 25 years ago, a regular contributor to the magazine was The Old Timer from Royal Oak. This gentleman....More
Oct 28, 2012

Walking with Dinosaurs — and hydraulics

Hydraulics enables dinosaurs to move and walk in a live stage production....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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