Profession screen printer

Screen printers tend a press that presses ink through a screen. Industrial screen printing is often used to print on materials that are hard to use with other processes, like rigid plastic surfaces.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Printing on large scale machines

    Methods, processes, and restrictions related to printing on machines that produce large quantities and sizes of graphic print materials.

  • Screen printing process

    This consists of preparing the screen or image carrier, squeegee, and the ink. During this process, ink is pressed through a screen on a certain surface.

  • 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.

  • Screen printing inks

    Various types of screen ink, such as solvent, water, water plastisol, and UV curable ink solutions.

Skills

  • Adjust drying process to goods

    Adjust machine settings to adapt drying processes, drying times, and special treatments to the requirements of the goods to be dried.

  • 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.

  • Clean equipment

    Perform cleaning routines after equipment use.

  • Use doctor blade

    Use a doctor blade to remove excess ink during printing and coating processes.

  • 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.

  • Operate screen printing press

    Operate a screen printing press to fabricate multiple copies of the designed screen, increasing production significantly.

  • Determine colour shades

    Determine and use the correct colour to be applied to a surface, according to requirements, by using instruments and software.

  • 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.

  • Prepare screen printing

    Prepare a screen for printing by applying the photo emulsion technique, where an original image is created on an overlay and the inked areas are not transparent. Select a screen, coat it with a certain emulsion by using a squeegee and expose the print after putting it in a dry room, leaving a negative stencil of the image on the mesh.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform machine maintenance verify feasibility consult technical resources maintenance of printing machines screen printing machines check quality of raw materials monitor stock level polygraphy inspect printing output wear appropriate protective gear pack goods types of paper monitor conveyor belt record production data for quality control handle chemical cleaning agents use colour printing programs printed goods processes communicate with customers mix ink keep records of work progress printing media report defective manufacturing materials