This doctor isn't going to give you much guidance about curing your ulcers, nor even suggest Mylanta, but he may help you to solve a problem that has been causing your discomfort. He's Dr. Arthur Kushner, Ph.D., the new "answer-man" for our Plating Clinic column.
We welcome Art, who takes the place of our retiring long-time Plating-Clinic columnist, Larry Durney.
I've known Art for all of his adult life. He's a good friend as well as a business associate. Indeed I knew his father, too the late Dr. Joseph B. Kushner.
Joe was a professor and founder of a correspondence course in electroplating that bears his name. He was the author of "Water and Waste Control for the Plating Shop," now in its third edition and still the authoritative source of information on this subject. It was the first book published by PRODUCTS FINISHING. I was the editor, and Joe and I shared a "learning experience." (Translation: publishing a book was harder and more time-consuming than either of us would have anticipated.) Arthur contributed to subsequent editions. So the Kushner family and PF have a long-time close relationship.
Arthur recalls that during his first visit to a plating shop, at age 12, he passed out after about one minute, walking along the line. After being revived outside the shop, he heard the plant manager telling his father that the lad just hadn't yet developed "a tolerance for cyanide."
Art received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. During his college years he worked with his father on research projects about stress in electroplated nickel. He later taught at the college level and was involved in research and other technical activities in a number of companies. Then when his father died in 1978, he took over the Kushner Electroplating School. Since then he has augmented his electroplating-related activities by providing classroom plating instruction, and consulting.
PF has a good and competent person to help you with your technical questions about electroplating. Write to "Plating Clinic," c/o PRODUCTS FINISHING, 6915 Valley Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244-3029, or Fax 513-527-8801. You'll hear from our good friend, Art Kushner.