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.

  • Types of pulp

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Measure materials

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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