Profession bindery operator

Bindery operators tend machines that bind printed or unprinted paper into volumes using staples, twine, glue or other binding technologies.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Binding technologies

    The methods to fix paper materials together and enclose them in a cover such as case binding, sewing, adhesive binding, comb binding, and spiral binding.


  • Set up machine controls

    Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.

  • Adjust properties of cut

    Adjust cut sizes and depths of cutting tools. Adjust heights of worktables and machine-arms.

  • Operate binder machine

    Set up the binder machine, which forms, inserts, trims, and fastens binding in covers of paper goods like booklets, pamphlets, and notebooks.

  • Follow safety precautions in printing

    Apply safety and health principles, policies and institutional regulations of working in printing production. Protect oneself and others against such hazards as chemicals used in printing, invasive allergens, heat, and disease causing agents.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Observe machine feed

    Monitor pick up and feeding mechanisms to detect and remove defective pages from the binding machine.

  • Inspect binding work

    Check stitched, collated, bound, and unbound paper to ascertain that pages are bound in numerical or folio order according to the sample copy. Follow up consequences of possible defects such as imperfect bindings, ink spots, torn, loose or uneven pages, and loose or uncut threads.

  • Follow production schedule

    Follow production schedule taking into account all requirements, times and needs. This schedule outlines what individual commodities must be produced in each time period and encapsulates various concerns like production, staffing, inventory, etc. It is usually linked to manufacturing where the plan indicates when and how much of each product will be demanded. Utilise all the information in the actual implementation of the plan.

Optional knowledge and skills

evaluate restoration procedures repair damaged paper parts operate paper folding machine sew signatures read job ticket instructions unbind books measure paper sheets monitor stock level order supplies process printing input lift stacks of paper record production data for quality control stitch paper materials design principles perform manual spiral binding operate paper stitching machine select restoration activities monitor conveyor belt wear appropriate protective gear estimate restoration costs types of paper label stamps oversee quality control specialise in conservation-restoration of specific types of objects pack goods dispose of non-hazardous waste thread wire operate collating machine make folding styles prevent paper jams emboss designs adhesives perforate printed media communicate with customers apply restoration techniques keep records of work progress adjust fold plates clean equipment printed goods processes report defective manufacturing materials remove excess glue trim excess materials store products operate die-cut machines stack goods perform machine maintenance