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 Jul 30, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 5: Excessive Vibration

It is always important to remember that a hydraulic system consists of many mechanical components. Mechanical components are subject to mechanical....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 25, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 4: Fault, Cause & Remedy

Richard J. Mitchell wrote a series of 12 articles  describing a systematic approach to diagnosing malfunctions in hydraulic systems....More
in Fluid Power Talk Jul 19, 2013

IFPE Conference Topics Reviewed

Abstracts submitted to IFPE Technical Committee reviewed....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 14, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 3:Use Your Senses to Begin Troubleshooting

Richard J. Mitchell wrote a series of 12 articles  describing a systematic approach to diagnosing malfunctions in hydraulic systems.Hydraulics....More
in The Hitch Post Jul 07, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 2: Identifying Malfunctions

The troubleshooting process must follow a logical sequence. This rule cannot be overemphasized....More
in The Hitch Post Jun 30, 2013

Think First, Then Troubleshoot

Richard J. Mitchell wrote a series of 12 articles that describe a systematic approach to diagnosing malfunctions with hydraulic systems. I....More
in The Hitch Post Jun 17, 2013

Don't try this at home. . . or anywhere else!

Don’t try this at home. . . or anywhere else Sometimes you must be resourceful when facing a challenging task, but not at the expense of....More
in Fluid Power Talk Jun 17, 2013

IFPE, ConExpo, and Las Vegas

Even though IFPE 2014 and ConExpo 2014 won't open until March 4 of next year, preparations are underway by exhibitors and other companies and....More
in Fluid Power Talk Jun 10, 2013

Target shooting for the physically challenged

A puff of air is all it take to pull the trigger....More
in Fluid Power Talk Jun 10, 2013

Best Practices for Hose End Fittings

Specifying the best hose for an application, and even ensuring it is properly installed provides no guarantee of long avoiding trouble. Many hose....More