Profession digital printer

Digital printers work with machines that print directly to the medium, without an intervening plate. Digital printers usually use laser or inkjet technology to print individual pages without lengthy or labour intensive technical steps intervening between the finished digital product and the print.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of paper

    The different criteria used to determine differences in paper types such as coarseness and thickness, and the different fabrication methods and wood types from which the types of paper stem.

  • Printing on large scale machines

    Methods, processes, and restrictions related to printing on machines that produce large quantities and sizes of graphic print materials.

  • Printing materials

    The materials, such as paper, film, metal foils, and glass, on which texts or designs can be transferred by applying ink through direct pressure or with intermediate rollers.

  • Maintenance of printing machines

    Upkeep procedures and technical working of machines that produce printed graphical material.

  • Digital printing

    The technique that allows printing a digital-based image directly onto a variety of materials, mostly using inkjet or laser printer.

Skills

  • Feed press cylinders

    Power press cylinders with paper and adjust its feed and tension controls according to the required paper size.

  • Set colour profiles

    Maintain consistent colour output in digital colour and inkjet printers by running calibration routines and making sure that the colour profiles for the printers are still accurate.

  • Use colour printing programs

    Use colour printing programs, such as the CMYK colour (ink) model for various pressing machines.

  • 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.

  • Produce prepress proof

    Make single or multi-coloured test prints to ensure that the product meets the arranged standards. Compare the sample with the template or discuss the result with the customer in order to make the last adjustments before mass production.

  • Operate digital printers

    Handle inkjet and laser printers, allowing the operator to print documents in a single 'pass'. Download or print the digital files to the digital printing machine using the correct machine and print download settings so that the correct fonts and substrates are used and the output meets the specifications and required quality standards.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

set scanner controls communicate with customers follow a brief printing media produce scanned images inspect printing output printing techniques prepare documents for scanning keep records of work progress order supplies consult technical resources reproduce documents calibrate electronic instruments record production data for quality control monitor stock level printed goods processes create digital files process printing input report defective manufacturing materials perform machine maintenance