Profession gravure press operator

Gravure press operators work with gravure presses, where the image is engraved directly on a roll. They set up the press and monitor it during the operation, taking care of safety and resolving problems.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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 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.

Skills

  • Determine colour shades

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

  • Clean ink rollers

    Clean ink roller and type using ink solvent and rags.

  • Operate rotary press

    Operate rotary-type presses, which print illustrative and other subject matter during a rotogravure process.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Use doctor blade

    Use a doctor blade to remove excess ink during printing and coating processes.

  • Adjust rotogravure press

    Thread webs of paper or other printing stock through the press and further adjust temperature, guides, and tension bars.

  • Use colour printing programs

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

Optional knowledge and skills

consult technical resources handle chemical cleaning agents monitor gauge record production data for quality control adjust drying process to goods report defective manufacturing materials cut page edges pack goods follow a brief engraving technologies printing media maintenance of printing machines wear appropriate protective gear types of paper inspect printing output prepare printing form screen printing inks process printing input keep records of work progress perform machine maintenance