Profession offset printer

Offset printers handle an offset press in order to print an image. The offset press transfers an inked image from the plate to a rubber blanket before to print it onto the printing surface.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Offset printing

    Technological printing process where the ink is spread onto a plate with etched images, then to a rubber blanket, and finally onto the target medium, usually paper. This method is used for mass printing on large scales.

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Clean ink rollers

    Clean ink roller and type using ink solvent and rags.

  • Prepare offset printing machine

    Adjust, set, and prepare machines for offset printing by calibrating each part of the machine.

  • 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.

  • Operate offset printing machine

    Operate controlling and exposure units of the offset printing machine, set the laser exposure unit; and tend the development line.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

handle chemical cleaning agents prepare colour mixtures process printing input maintenance of printing machines wear appropriate protective gear manage offset printing process pack goods perforate printed media keep records of work progress consult technical resources printing materials screen printing inks operate letterpress report defective manufacturing materials print stripping cut page edges maintain lithographic printing plates perform machine maintenance printing plate making record production data for quality control inspect printing output printing media