Profession flexographic press operator

Flexographic press operators use flexographic relief plate to print on almost any material. The relief plate is inked and pressed onto the material to be printed.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Flexography

    Process used to print on foil, plastic, corrugated, and other materials used for packaging. This process utilises flexible relief plates, which are made out of rubber or plastic. This method can be used for printing onto almost any type of surface.

  • Polygraphy

    Production branch that handles reproduction of text and images by printing.

  • 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 techniques

    The techniques and processes to reproduce text and images using a master form or template such as letterpress printing, gravure, and laser printing.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Operate flexographic printing machine

    Prepare and adjust all units of flexographic web presses and tend the development line.

  • Clean ink rollers

    Clean ink roller and type using ink solvent and rags.

  • Determine colour shades

    Determine and use the correct colour to be applied to a surface, according to requirements, by using instruments and software.

  • Prepare printing form

    Prepare and inspect plates that are used in printing process to transfer ink on the desired surface and place them in the machines, for example fixing them around printing rollers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

narrow web flexographic printing press record production data for quality control types of paper manage process of flexographic print perform machine maintenance handle chemical cleaning agents tend laser marking machine mix ink wear appropriate protective gear consult technical resources screen printing inks process printing input wide web flexographic printing press keep records of work progress maintenance of printing machines printing media printing plate making pack goods inspect printing output report defective manufacturing materials