Profession hot foil operator

Hot foil operators tend machines which apply a metallic foil on other materials using pressure cylinders and heating. They also mix colors, set up the appropriate machinery equipment and monitor printing.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • 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.

  • Types of foil printing machines

    Different kinds of foil machines used to transfer heat from a foil on a solid surface, such as hot foil stampers. Foil fusers however fuse foil to printer toner by applying heat.


  • 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.

  • Adjust foil printing machine

    Correctly measure the printing material and adjust the machine in terms of length, width, and height.

  • 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.

  • Operate foil printing machine

    Attach a block or metal letters and slide the plate holder into the heater section, after which the machine is fed and attached with a specific foil colour, from which the amount can be adjusted. Switch the machine on and set the required temperature.

  • Replace die

    Evaluate if a replacement of the die of a machine is deemed beneficial and take the necessary actions for replacing it either manually (depending on its size, by the use of a manual lifting tackle) or mechanically.

Optional knowledge and skills

pack goods maintain foil printing machine record production data for quality control communicate with customers consult technical resources clean equipment keep records of work progress materials of die monitor gauge wear appropriate protective gear types of paper report defective manufacturing materials inspect printing output printing media