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.

Posts by Alan Hitchcox

in The Hitch Post Mar 28, 2017

Use an Infrared Heat Dectector to Assess Health of Hydraulic Systems

If your hydraulic system is running a fever, it’s probably trying to tell you something is wrong. Here’s how to interpret what it’s saying....More
in The Hitch Post Mar 08, 2017

Does Fluid Power Have a Gender Issue?

A study conducted on women in engineering showed that some women are leaving the field because of a culture that does not take them seriously....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 13, 2017

Double-Indemnity Insurance for Your Pump

Perhaps a compromise can be reached when it comes to the argument of whether or not to use a suction strainer—incorporate a bypass....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 01, 2017

Fewer Hydraulic Connections Means Fewer Problems

Starting with a problem of excessive oil leakage, a large automotive engine plant is systematically "revitalizing" its hydraulically actuated....More
in The Hitch Post Dec 16, 2016

In the Driver’s Seat

All the shows we cover deal with fluid power in some size, shape, or form....More
in The Hitch Post Nov 22, 2016

Really! A Pneumatic Airplane?

A reader in Germany recently contacted me to see if I could provide a copy of an article from 1959 on servovalves. I told him I'd be happy to fulfill....More
in The Hitch Post Nov 16, 2016

Do You Serve the Packaging Industry?

InterOcean Advisors LLC is an investment bank that provides merger, acquisition, and capital-raising advisory services to manufacturing companies....More
in The Hitch Post Sep 22, 2016

No Matter What, MINExpo is the Place To Be

Held only once every four years, the MINExpo conference in Las Vegas will bring together more than 70 companies promoting fluid power products and....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 22, 2016

FREE Webinar Aids Design of Compact Track Loader Drives

Time is running out to sign up for a free webinar on drive selection for compact track loaders.The compact track loader (CTL) market has been growing....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 06, 2016

¿Comprende Hidráulica y Neumática en Español?

“Do you understand hydraulics and pneumatics in Spanish?” Ricardo Solórzano's blog brings the world of fluid power to the Spanish-speaking population....More

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