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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Apr 07, 2014

Got varnish? We have answers

Many of today's hydraulic systems contain insoluble contaminants, which are too small to be trapped by filters — and too small to be detected by....More
Mar 17, 2014

Company proves it really does value its employees

Are employees a company's most valuable resource? Here's one company that says yes, definitely, by putting its money where its mouth is....More
Feb 21, 2014

Ever heard of ideal cushioning?

You shouldn't expect maximum cycle rates from your air cylinders if they aren't achieving ideal cushioning....More
Dec 30, 2013

2014-2015 Fluid Power Handbook & Directory now available

The 2014-2015 edition of the Fluid Power Handbook & Directory is now available in print and in digial formats. You can order the print edition....More
Dec 13, 2013

An air car? No way. A hybrid air car? Maybe.

New hybrid technology for cars combines compressed air with a gasoline engine — sounds like it could be a winning combination....More
Nov 10, 2013

How to troubleshoot hydraulics using an infrared heat detector

You can use an infrared heat detecting gun to troubleshoot a hydraulic system....More
Oct 04, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 12: System Test for Flow-control Valves

Pressure-compensated flow control valves maintain a constant fluid flow through a variable orifice in the valve. The valve’s compensator spool will....More
Sep 25, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 11: Pressure-reducing Valves

Pressure-reducing valves are normally open, 2-way valves that allow system pressure fluid to flow through them until a set pressure is reached....More
Sep 18, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 10: Sequence Valves

Sequence valves control fluid flow to primary and secondary circuits and perform two functions. First, they program the order (sequence) in which....More
Sep 10, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 9: Relief Valves

When a hydraulic system has problems, it is common practice to first look at the pump. The pump is arguably the heart of almost every hydraulic....More
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