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 18, 2012

Monsters and pneumatics

Halloween costumes and effects have become big business. The pros make figures with multiple movements, and in many cases, there just isn't....More
in The Hitch Post Sep 18, 2012

An air car? I don't think so.

As editor of Hydrauics & Pneumatics, one of my roles is to be promote the increased use of fluid power technologies. But I'm sorry, I just....More
in The Hitch Post Mar 24, 2012

A quick look at hydraulic fan drives

I came across this video of a man showing the components in a hydraulic fan drive used on a school bus. He also explains some of the operation....More
in The Hitch Post Feb 01, 2012

One of the coolest hydraulic machines ever

Even though this prototype was built several years ago, it still may be the coolest looking hydraulically powered machine I've seen. Click here....More
in The Hitch Post Jan 27, 2012

Maintaining editorial ethics

My own personal integrity came into play because I wasn't about to write something with my name on it unless it met my own personal standards....More
in The Hitch Post Dec 12, 2011

Lessons in elementary fluid power

Gear pumps come in more than just plain vanilla....More
in The Hitch Post Nov 29, 2011

200 countries, 200 years in 4 minutes

I'm not into world economics, but this is an interesting video that follows world health and economics of 200 countries over the last 200 years....More
in The Hitch Post Oct 20, 2011

A trip through the former East Germany

German manufacturer cuts lead time for machines by more than 90%....More