Historical Articles

July, 1952 issue of Plating



Practice or Theory?

THE ARTICLE in this issue by Mr. Wallbank is not a panegyric, but it does refer with praise to the contributions of the practical plater toward the development of electroplating as we know it today. This effect has been felt not only in processes, but in equipment developments as well. With ideas born of intuition and inspiration, driven by the will to survive and armed with a natural skill the man in the shop sometimes is able to do what the laboratory technician is unable to accomplish. Indeed, we owe a great deal to the practical plater and it is gratifying to note that so many persons in this classification are members of the American Electroplaters Society.

Admittedly the rapid strides made in electroplating practice over the past few years have been due to a considerable extent to the efforts of the trained engineer and scientist. The pleasure reflected in the faces of those from both groups as they rubbed shoulders in Chicago is concrete evidence of the fact that the Society can serve the desires of our varied membership. By taking advantage of the contributions of all in the industry and catalyzing them by our own outstanding research program, developments in our field will make themselves felt at an increasing tempo. Practice or theory as given in the title above is misleading. It should read: Practice and Theory!

Don Faulke



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