Profession laminating machine operator

Laminating machine operators tend a machine that applies a plastic layer to paper to strenghten it and protect it from wetness and stains.

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Personality Type


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Types of laminators

    The different kinds of laminating machines, such as the pouch, heated roll, and cold roll laminator. A pouch laminator fixes plastic layers on two sides of the paper in a heating and gluing process, where a cold roll laminator uses a plastic roll to coat the paper. The heated roll laminator uses heat rollers to melt the lamination film on the paper with glue.


  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • 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.

  • Read job ticket instructions

    Understand instructions from the cards accompanying job orders and set up or run the machine based on these statements.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • 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.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • 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.

  • Operate laminating machine

    Set up and start the lamination process, where a sheet of paper is inserted in a machine and slid through two rolls on metal bars ('mandrels'), where a plastic film is added. These processes also involve heating and gluing.

  • Produce samples

    Take a sample from the manufacturing machine, present it to a supervisor, make sure the right adjustments are made and quality or company standards are met.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

follow a brief make folding styles printed goods processes prevent paper jams clean equipment adjust properties of cut operate creasing machinery monitor gauge pack goods report defective manufacturing materials consult technical resources prepare production reports operate collating machine keep records of work progress perform machine maintenance record production data for quality control

Source: Sisyphus ODB