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 22, 2014

A Look at Hydraulic Hose Failures

We regularly look at what types of articles draw the most visitors on our websites. One of the biggies is maintenance. What's interesting about....More
Nov 13, 2014

Tried & True Ways of Dealing with Air in Hydraulic Fluid

Symptoms typical of an aerated hydraulic system plagued the F-104 aircraft for years. Aeration was caused by system components with built-in....More
Nov 08, 2014

Hydraulics in the Aftermath of Pearl Harbor

Quick action using hydraulics helped right many of the warships damaging in the attack on Pearl Harbor....More
Aug 14, 2014

No man is an island

And neither is fluid power. Unless you're buliding a test bench to evaluate or demonstrate a hydraulic or pneumatic component, every fluid power....More
Aug 06, 2014

iPhone app is loaded with calculations for hydraulics

Hydraulic Engineer app, from MultEducator Inc., New Rochelle, N. Y., contains more than 60 formulas used in hydraulics tecnology. The app includes....More
Jul 25, 2014

Learning from troubleshooting

If you like our monthly Troubleshooting Challenge, you should love this....More
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
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