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Sep 16, 2010

Airline humor

Sep 12, 2010

My hydraulic watch

Sep 08, 2010

Living with a prototype

Even though I have never built a hydraulic or pneumatic system, I think some lessons learned from re-plumbing sections of my 100-year-old house apply....More
Aug 24, 2010

Dealing with stress

I don't know who the author is, but the following advice sounds pretty good to me. ....More
Aug 22, 2010

There's No Business Like Show Business

Through the years, I've been fortunate enough to sometimes write and edit article dealing with the entertainment industry. These usually involved....More
Aug 07, 2010

Catching Forty Winks

I reflect on the era when the Monday after Labor Day meant the opening of the SAE Off-Highway Show in Milwaukee. The first time I attended an SAE Off....More
Aug 05, 2010

Focus on efficiency

It’s always a good idea to design for efficiency whenever you can. But efficiency can be a hard sell unless the buyer or management sees higher....More
Aug 03, 2010

Hyped up over hybrids

Seems like everything is hybrid these days. Ever since the introduction of hybrid cars, we see the word hybrid popping up everywhere....More
Jul 29, 2010

Stop leakage — and lose weight

What can you compare leakage to? I believe an appropriate analogy to preventing leakage is losing weight. At one time or another, most of us have....More
Jul 27, 2010

What makes standardization so difficult?

As we become increasingly global in our everyday dealings, differences in units of measure become more obvious. The push for U. S. adoption of the....More
Jul 24, 2010

My connection to a serial killer

If you're like me, you sometimes enter your name into a search engine to see what, if anything, comes up....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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