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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Aug 21, 2015

Bulk Modulus for Dummies

I was in high school when Vincent Magorien wrote what I consider to be the definitive treatise on bulk modulus. That was way back in 1969. But like....More
Jul 16, 2015

The Sweet Spot for Hydraulic Hybrids

I met with officials of Lightning Hybrids at the Work Truck Show, held earlier this year in Indianapolis. Lightning Hybrids held a press conference....More
Jul 09, 2015

Of Airplanes and Hydraulic Oil

his is the second month in a row where I feel compelled to pay tribute to someone important to the fluid power industry who has died. Ned Stull....More
Jul 01, 2015

How to Design Stable Closed-Loop Circuits

Robert Burton was an expert in electrohydraulic servo system design for more than 40 years. He contributed articles to Hydraulics & Pneumatics....More
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
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