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 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
in The Hitch Post 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
in The Hitch Post Aug 21, 2015

Bulk Modulus for Dummies

I was in high school when Vincent Magorien wrote what I consider to be the definitive treatise on bulk modulus. That was way back in 1969. But like....More
in Fluid Power Talk Aug 20, 2015

Pneumatic System Designers: Don't Overlook Critical Backpressure

Lately, I've noticed magazine editors who dub themselves as "experts" in the field of fluid power. I know I know more about fluid power....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 16, 2015

The Sweet Spot for Hydraulic Hybrids

I met with officials of Lightning Hybrids at the Work Truck Show, held earlier this year in Indianapolis. Lightning Hybrids held a press conference....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 09, 2015

Of Airplanes and Hydraulic Oil

his is the second month in a row where I feel compelled to pay tribute to someone important to the fluid power industry who has died. Ned Stull....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 01, 2015

How to Design Stable Closed-Loop Circuits

Robert Burton was an expert in electrohydraulic servo system design for more than 40 years. He contributed articles to Hydraulics & Pneumatics....More
in The Hitch Post Jun 09, 2015

Free Webcast Drives Home Benefits of Proactive Maintenance

Officials at Noria Corp. explain that the cost of a reactive maintenance program can be up to ten times that of a proactive approach. This affects....More
in The Hitch Post May 29, 2015

How to Calculate Loop Gain in Electrohydraulic Servo Systems

Hey, don't look at me; I'm no expert in this field. But Robert Burton certainly was. He authored countless books and technical paper covering....More

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