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 24, 2014

Visitors bring us a scoop on pressure transducers

Highly visible LED display and Bluetooth capability make pressure monitoring easier than ever....More
Jun 24, 2014

The Impact of the Model T Ford

Some great footage of the making and impact of the Model T Ford....More
Jun 17, 2014

Fluid Power Professionals' Day is coming

Fluid Power Professionals' Day? Why not?....More
May 12, 2014

Heading to an amusement park this summer?

If you plan on going to an amusement park this year, you may find our coverage of hydraulics and pneumatics technology at theme parks of interests....More
Apr 20, 2014

There's more than one way to synchronize cylinder motion

Here are some simple ways to synchronize motion of multiple cylinders without using electronic controls....More
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
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Observations about fluid power and other technologies, technical writing, and unrelated topics