Profession paper bag machine operator

Paper bag machine operators tend a machine that takes in paper, folds it and glues it to produce paper bags of various sizes, shapes, and grades of strength.

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Personality Type


  • Packaging processes

    Packaging design and development. Decorating and printing processes executed in packaging. Packaging machinery and line operations.

  • 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.


  • Work safely with machines

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

  • 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.

  • Monitor conveyor belt

    Monitor the flow of the work pieces on the conveyor belt as they are processed by the machine to ensure optimal productivity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Operate paper bag machine

    Tend a machine that automatically measures, prints, cuts, folds, and glues paper material to paper bags. Make sure that finished bags are uniform.

  • Stack paper bags

    Manually remove finished paper bags from the paper bag machine and stack them onto piles in crates or boxes for further packaging and transporting.

  • Adjust paper bag machine

    Control output of paper bags and be able to make minor adjustments to ensure the side seals, wicket holes, and lip size are within product or company specifications.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

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

  • Troubleshoot

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

Optional knowledge and skills

clean equipment adjust properties of cut operate rotary press keep records of work progress prevent paper jams operate flexographic printing machine remove excess glue perform machine maintenance record production data for quality control report defective manufacturing materials sizes of paper check quality of raw materials pack goods mix ink prepare production reports stitch paper materials operate creasing machinery consult technical resources trim excess materials types of paper tend automatic sewing machines

Source: Sisyphus ODB