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 04, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 12: System Test for Flow-control Valves

Pressure-compensated flow control valves maintain a constant fluid flow through a variable orifice in the valve. The valve’s compensator spool will....More
in The Hitch Post Sep 25, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 11: Pressure-reducing Valves

Pressure-reducing valves are normally open, 2-way valves that allow system pressure fluid to flow through them until a set pressure is reached....More
in Fluid Power Talk Sep 18, 2013

Having issues with counterbalance valves?

If a hydraulic circuit containing counterbalance valves is acting erratically, the problem could be high hysteresis — a counterbalance valve....More
in The Hitch Post Sep 18, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 10: Sequence Valves

Sequence valves control fluid flow to primary and secondary circuits and perform two functions. First, they program the order (sequence) in which....More
in Fluid Power Talk Sep 13, 2013

How are Things Across the Pond?

BFPA UK Fluid Power Market Watch The data below is taken from in-house BFPA / BFPDA surveys; detailed results are only available to participants....More
in Fluid Power Talk Sep 11, 2013

The Bad and the Good of American Technology

Tom Price, Jr., president of Price Engineering, Hartland, Wis., was the keynote speaker at our Fluid Power Conference & Expo held last June at....More
in The Hitch Post Sep 10, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 9: Relief Valves

When a hydraulic system has problems, it is common practice to first look at the pump. The pump is arguably the heart of almost every hydraulic....More
in The Hitch Post Aug 25, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 8: System Tests for Piston Pumps

When a hydraulic system has problems, it is common practice to first look at the pump. The pump is arguably the heart of almost every hydraulic....More
in The Hitch Post Aug 14, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 7: System Test for Gear and Vane Pumps

When a hydraulic system has problems, it is common practice to first look at the pump. The pump is arguably the heart of almost every hydraulic....More
in The Hitch Post Aug 06, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 6: Leakage Reduction

Eliminating – or at least reducing – leakage should be a cooperative project between a company’s management and its maintenance department....More