These are all useful insights that we should take under consideration.

BTW, I'm not looking for kudos, I'm looking for answers that do not try to make engineers and chemists out of us.

I would like to point out that even wetplate takes some 'engineering' and yet with the amount in the work I do, Denise Ross is able to not only make emulsions, but 'engineer' new variations to suit her tastes.

So, something can be done by taking a number of routes. I want to try to uncover and document and implement as many as possible.

Sean, you there yet? Well, its 7am in NZ. I should give him a bit to chime in with his 0.02 NZ.