Profession automated cutting machine operator

Automated cutting machine operators send files from the computer to the cutting machine, place the material to be cut, and they digitize and select the fault in the materials surface in order to perform the nesting of the parts,  unless the machine makes it automatically. They give the order to the machine to cut, they also collect the cut pieces and does the final quality control analysis against specifications and quality requirements. They also monitor the status of the cutting machine working devices.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Leather goods manufacturing processes

    The processes, technology and machinery involved in the leather goods manufacturing.  

  • Leather goods materials

    The wide range of materials used in leather goods production: leather, leather substitutes (synthetics or artificial materials), textile, etc; the way of distinguishing among various materials based on their properties, advantages and limitations.

  • Footwear machinery

    Tthe functionality of the wide range of machines, and the basic rules of regular maintenance.

  • Footwear equipments

    Functionality of the wide range of equipments and the basic rules of regular maintenance.

  • Leather goods components

    The various procedures and methods in the processing of leather materials and leather goods components like manufacturability and properties.  

  • Footwear quality

    Quality specifications of materials, processes and final products, the most common defects in footwear, quick tests procedures, laboratory tests procedures and standards, adequate equipment for quality checks. Quality assurance of footwear production processes and fundamental concepts on quality including footwear quality framework and standards.

  • Footwear components

    Footwear components both for uppers (vamps, quarters, linings, stiffeners, toe puffs etc.) and bottoms (soles, heels, insoles etc.). Ecological concerns and the importance of recycling. Selection of suitable materials and components based on their influence on the footwear style and characteristics, properties and manufacturability. Procedures and methods in chemical and mechanical processing of leather and non-leather materials.

  • Leather goods quality

    The quality specifications of materials, processes, and final products, the most common defects in leather, quick tests procedures, laboratory tests procedures and standards, and the adequate equipment for quality checks. 

  • Time management

    The practices concerning the conscious planning and controlling of the amount of time spent on executing certain tasks to improve efficiency and productivity.

  • Footwear materials

    The characteristics, components, advantages and limitations of a wide range of materials used in footwear production: leather, leather substitutes (synthetics or artificial materials), textile, plastic, rubber etc. 

  • Footwear manufacturing technology

    Footwear processes technology and machinery involved. The footwear manufacturing starts in the cutting/clicking room , cutting the uppers and bottom components. The upper components are joined together in the closing room by following a precise order of specific operations: skiving, folding, sewing etc. The closed upper, the insole and other bottom components are brought together in the assembling room, where the main operations are lasting and soling. The process ends with finishing operations in the finishing and packing room.

  • Automatic cutting systems for footwear and leather goods

    The use and description of automatic systems technologies used in footwear and leather goods industry such as laser cutting, knife cutting, punch cutting, mill cutting, ultra-sound cutting, water jet cutting and the cutting machinery such as swing beam cutting presses, traveling head die cutting presses or strap cutting machines.

Skills

  • Use IT tools

    Application of computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment to storing, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data, in the context of a business or enterprise.

  • Apply basic rules of maintenance to leather goods and footwear machinery

    Apply basic rules of maintenance and cleanliness on footwear and leather goods production equipment and machines that you operate.

  • Operate automatic cutting systems for footwear and leather goods

    Work with the equipment's software. Digitise and mark the leather areas with faults in order to avoid them. Establish nesting and cutting restrictions for each pattern. Pick up, sort, upload patterns, check and complete cutting orders. Adjust the machines and equipment parameters and perform simple procedures for maintenance.

Optional knowledge and skills

manual cutting processes for leather create solutions to problems apply pre-stitching techniques use communication techniques reduce environmental impact of footwear manufacturing pre-stitching processes and techniques for footwear and leather goods apply machine cutting techniques for footwear and leather goods

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