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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Feb 24, 2013

The Old Timer Part 12: Sometimes, Instruments can be Too Sensitive

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
Feb 19, 2013

The Old Timer Part 11: Mechanical Press Raises Air Pressure

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
Feb 13, 2013

A reservoir for police dogs instead of hydraulic fluid

Most of the material on our website and, especially, Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine, delas with fluid power and related technology. Well, if....More
Feb 07, 2013

The Old Timer Part 10: Strange Things can Happen in Return Lines

Tank or return lines often are the orphans of hydraulic design procedures. What can go wrong in a piece of pipe that only has to carry low-pressure....More
Feb 02, 2013

The Old Timer Part 9: Pump Torture Test

What happens when flow from a pump exceeds flow into the control valve?....More
Jan 28, 2013

The Old Timer Part 8: High Pressure Isn’t Always the Answer

Don't use high-pressure air for low-pressure work....More
Jan 22, 2013

The Old Timer Part 7: It’s Tough to Outwit the Night Shift

Making pressure setting tamper-proof is no easy task....More
Jan 15, 2013

The Old Timer Part 6: Rube Goldberg Would Have Loved This One

When cold temperatures kept air cylinders from applying full, an air-over-oil circuit using anti-freeze as the fluid solved the problem....More
Jan 11, 2013

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Part 5 — How Fast Can You Push Oil?

A huge die-casting machine presented the opportunity to see how fast you can push oil. What happens when fluid velocity approaches 100 ft/sec?....More
Jan 06, 2013

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Part 4

The cause of hot and sluggish pump operation was found to be a simple problem....More
What's The Hitch Post?

Observations about fluid power and other technologies, technical writing, and unrelated topics