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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Apr 07, 2016

Another Oldie but Goodie: Improved Hose Routing

When I research topics dealing with fluid power on the internet, results often pop up from our own website. No surprise there; that's how it....More
Mar 25, 2016

An Oldie but a Goodie: PID Control for Dummies Like Me

When I research topics dealing with fluid power on the internet, results often pop up from our own website. No surprise there; that's how it....More
Feb 12, 2016

Perfect Timing for Fittings

We're starting to put the March issue together, and one of our feature articles will address hydraulic fittings. More specifically, the topic is....More
Jan 22, 2016

Stainless Steel isn't Just Stainless Steel

  Read this informative article by clicking here....More
Jan 04, 2016

Looking to Find Good Candidates to Hire? Learn How to Write Effective Job Postings

Launch your search for quality entry level employees armed with a well-crafted job description to attract candidates that will match your need....More
Nov 19, 2015

Batteries for Wireless Sensors Deserve Some Thought

Wireless sensors are no longer a novelty, but they haven't found widespread use in most fluid-power applications, either. Most wireless sensors are....More
Nov 06, 2015

Did You See the Whole Story?

We published our first-ever reader Salary Survey last month. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find in it....More
Oct 09, 2015

The Perils of Do-It-Yourself Tagout

Lockout/tagout is a term most plant and maintenance people are familiar with. Nothing is foolproof, but these procedures have certainly prevented....More
Sep 08, 2015

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You—or Someone Else!

This simplicity of hydraulics can be a problem because people with no professional training can—and often do—work on hydraulic systems. They may....More
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