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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
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

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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