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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- Realistic / Conventional
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Operate rotary press
Operate rotary-type presses, which print illustrative and other subject matter during a rotogravure process.
- Determine colour shades
Determine and use the correct colour to be applied to a surface, according to requirements, by using instruments and software.
- Use doctor blade
Use a doctor blade to remove excess ink during printing and coating processes.
- 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.
Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.
- Use colour printing programs
Use colour printing programs, such as the CMYK colour (ink) model for various pressing machines.
- Perform test run
Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adjust rotogravure press
Thread webs of paper or other printing stock through the press and further adjust temperature, guides, and tension bars.
- 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.
- Clean ink rollers
Clean ink roller and type using ink solvent and rags.
Optional knowledge and skillshandle chemical cleaning agents printing media inspect printing output engraving technologies follow a brief wear appropriate protective gear types of paper prepare printing form adjust drying process to goods cut page edges maintenance of printing machines pack goods process printing input keep records of work progress screen printing inks consult technical resources report defective manufacturing materials monitor gauge record production data for quality control perform machine maintenance
Common job titles
- Gravure press operator 1
- Press operator 3
- Roto press operator- nights
- Gravure first press operator
- Offset first press operator
- Offset second press operator
- Press operator 2nd shift
- Press assistant
- Lead press operator
- Web press operator