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Oct 18, 2012

Monsters and pneumatics

Halloween costumes and effects have become big business. The pros make figures with multiple movements, and in many cases, there just isn't....More
Sep 18, 2012

An air car? I don't think so.

As editor of Hydrauics & Pneumatics, one of my roles is to be promote the increased use of fluid power technologies. But I'm sorry, I just....More
Mar 24, 2012

A quick look at hydraulic fan drives

I came across this video of a man showing the components in a hydraulic fan drive used on a school bus. He also explains some of the operation....More
Feb 01, 2012

One of the coolest hydraulic machines ever

Even though this prototype was built several years ago, it still may be the coolest looking hydraulically powered machine I've seen. Click here....More
Jan 27, 2012

Maintaining editorial ethics

My own personal integrity came into play because I wasn't about to write something with my name on it unless it met my own personal standards....More
Dec 12, 2011

Lessons in elementary fluid power

Gear pumps come in more than just plain vanilla....More
Nov 29, 2011

200 countries, 200 years in 4 minutes

I'm not into world economics, but this is an interesting video that follows world health and economics of 200 countries over the last 200 years....More
Oct 20, 2011

A trip through the former East Germany

German manufacturer cuts lead time for machines by more than 90%....More
Oct 14, 2011

Did Steve Jobs change the world?

Appropriately enough, my wife and I first got the news that Steve Jobs had died as an alert on her iPhone. Initial news reports mentioned how Jobs....More
Oct 06, 2011

Something I thought I'd never see

A couple weeks ago Mike Ference and I visited an advertising and PR agency in downtown Cleveland. The office is on the sixth floor, so, naturally, we....More
Jul 13, 2011

New iPhone app helps wth hydraulic calculations

A new iPhone app from In Situ Hydraulic Experts, a French hydraulic consulting company, is now available for download at the Apple Store....More
Jun 15, 2011

Hydraulic fluids from the rain forest

Rapeseed (Canola) oil has generally been considered the best performing hydraulic oil derived from plants. But Dave says that the oxidation....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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