Profession bleacher operator

Bleacher operators tend a machine that bleaches wood pulp to serve in the production of white paper. Different bleaching techniques are used to complement the various pulping methods, and to obtain different grades of whiteness.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of bleach

    The range of bleach and others chemicals used to remove the colour from materials in a steam cooking process, adjusting the brightness and colour of the materials.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Types of pulp

    Kinds of pulp are distinguished based on their fibre type and the specific chemical processes through which they were created.

Skills

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Fill the mixing tank

    Fill the mixing tank with the chemical ingredients, allowing also the water through the valves at the indicated mark on the tank wall.

  • Adjust solutions' consistency

    Adjust the consistency of a chemical solution by cooking it or by injecting steam in order to dissolve it.

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Measure materials

    Measure the raw materials prior to their loading in the mixer or in machines, ensuring they conform with the specifications.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Tend bleacher

    Add the required amount of bleaching substances and additives and operate the bleaching part of the paper machine, which bleaches the pulp with liquid and solid chemicals, removing any remaining lignin and other impurities.

Optional knowledge and skills

record production data for quality control keep records of work progress weigh materials dispose of hazardous waste perform machine maintenance monitor gauge types of paper tend agitation machine dump batches report defective manufacturing materials monitor pulp quality consult technical resources pump products for storage monitor chemical process condition carry out waste water treatment clean equipment prepare production reports operate digester machine dispose of non-hazardous waste

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