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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Jul 14, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 3: Use Your Senses to Begin Troubleshooting

Richard J. Mitchell wrote a series of 12 articles  describing a systematic approach to diagnosing malfunctions in hydraulic systems.Hydraulics....More
Jul 07, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 2: Identify Malfunctions

The troubleshooting process must follow a logical sequence. This rule cannot be overemphasized....More
Jun 30, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 1

Richard J. Mitchell wrote a series of 12 articles that describe a systematic approach to diagnosing malfunctions with hydraulic systems. I reproduce....More
Jun 17, 2013

Don't try this at home. . . or anywhere else!

Don’t try this at home. . . or anywhere else Sometimes you must be resourceful when facing a challenging task, but not at the expense of....More
Jun 09, 2013

The Old Timer Part 25: Old Habits are Hard to Break

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
Jun 02, 2013

The Old Timer Part 24: Remember the People Part of Design Projects

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
May 23, 2013

The Old Timer Part 23: A Lesson in Air Valve Center Positions

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., learned that you have to consider the system — rather than a single component — during both design and....More
May 15, 2013

The Old Timer Part 22: Don't Let Your Pump Go to Pieces

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
May 10, 2013

The Old Timer Part 21: Hi-lo Circuit Solves Cushion Problem

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
Apr 29, 2013

The Old Timer Part 20: Water to the Rescue

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
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Observations about fluid power and other technologies, technical writing, and unrelated topics