Alan Hitchcox

Editor in Chief, Penton Media

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 has also worked as a mechanic and service coordinator. He has taken technical courses in fluid power and electronic and digital control at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin and has served on numerous industry committees.

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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
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Observations about fluid power and other technologies, technical writing, and unrelated topics

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