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 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
in The Hitch Post May 13, 2015

Hydraulics Becomes Art

I've never been to Rotterdam, Netherlands, and I probably never will. But if, like me, you're a hydraulics person, the spotlights at....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 24, 2015

Using Water Glycol as Your Hydraulic Fluid?

Using water glycol for a system's hydraulic fluid requires a lot of investigation....More
in The Hitch Post Mar 23, 2015

Do You Still Dabble in QBASIC?

Even though QBASIC is a real antique as far as software goes, it can still useful for creating relatively simple control programs. You can download a....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 23, 2015

Find a Job in Fluid Power

Seems like at least nine out of ten people I meet in the fluid power industry stay in the fluid power industry. Time and again, I hear someone has....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 13, 2015

Are you (or a kid you know) into Lego?

If you're reading this, you're probably interested in hydraulics, pneumatics, or both. And, to quote Bill Cosby, you probably "started....More
in Fluid Power Talk Jan 26, 2015

Welcome to three new staff members

We're starting off the new year on the right foot by adding three editors to our group — and all com efrom technical backgrounds. Here they....More
in The Hitch Post Jan 21, 2015

A True Steam Shovel

I'm a member of our local historical society, and I often look through old pics and negatives when I visit. Last night I came a cross this....More
in The Hitch Post 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

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