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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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
Aug 25, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 8: System Tests for Piston Pumps

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
Aug 14, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 7: System Test for Gear and Vane Pumps

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
Aug 06, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 6: Leakage Reduction

Eliminating – or at least reducing – leakage should be a cooperative project between a company’s management and its maintenance department....More
Jul 30, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 5: Excessive Vibration

It is always important to remember that a hydraulic system consists of many mechanical components. Mechanical components are subject to mechanical....More
Jul 25, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 4: Fault, Cause & Remedy

Richard J. Mitchell wrote a series of 12 articles  describing a systematic approach to diagnosing malfunctions in hydraulic systems....More
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