Profession print folding operator

Print folding operators tend a machine that folds paper and bundles of paper.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Types of folders

    The distinction between buckle folders; where paper is folded and squeezed, plow folders that reduce printing costs and include several glue systems, and knife folders that strike the paper between two rollers by using knives through cross folding.

Skills

  • Lift stacks of paper

    Raise and replenish heaps of sheets, pages, covers on the machine table to align edges and feed the machine input.

  • Read job ticket instructions

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

  • 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.

  • Make folding styles

    Read the folding package or ticket information and decide on a folding style, adjusting the page to the width of the folding depth.

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • Adjust fold plates

    Slide the guides and arrows points of the top and bottom fold plates up or down to find a specific fold setting. A fold plate consists of an image of a fold and the paper size.

  • Operate paper folding machine

    Perform folder operations, such as setting up and adjusting the feeder for delivery. Prepare the folder machine for special processes like perforating, scoring, trimming, softening, and binding of paper products.

Optional knowledge and skills

record production data for quality control monitor gauge adjust properties of cut report defective manufacturing materials printing media perform machine maintenance keep records of work progress pack goods printed goods processes meet contract specifications monitor conveyor belt oversee quality control follow a brief prevent paper jams consult technical resources replace sawing blade on machine wear appropriate protective gear