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 Apr 12, 2013

The Old Timer Part 18: Avoid unwanted intensification

Most hydraulics courses include an example to illustrate an intensification problem that occurs when holding vertical loads with a cylinder. A....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 08, 2013

Cleaner Air, Cleaner Fluid

As I've been browsing through old issues to resurrect sage words from The Old Timer of royal Oak, I come across other gems that I think are....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 01, 2013

The Old Timer Part 17: Penniless Project Recycles Rejected Components

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Mar 25, 2013

The Old Timer Part 16: Seeing is Believing

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Mar 16, 2013

The Old Timer Part 15: Two-way Intensifier Squeezes Sand

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Mar 09, 2013

The Old Timer Part 14: Extra Cylinders Beef Up Assembly Press

How to get more force without using more air or higher pressue....More
in The Hitch Post Mar 02, 2013

The Old Timer Part 13: Cylinder Synchronization — Caveman Style

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 24, 2013

The Old Timer Part 12: Sometimes, Instruments can be Too Sensitive

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 19, 2013

The Old Timer Part 11: Mechanical Press Raises Air Pressure

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 13, 2013

A reservoir for police dogs instead of hydraulic fluid

Most of the material on our website and, especially, Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine, delas with fluid power and related technology. Well, if....More