Profession stone polisher

Stone polishers operate grinding and polishing tools and equipment in order to smooth stones.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Types of stone for working

    Different types of stone that stonemasons and other stone workers use to process into building materials. The mechanical properties of stone, such as their weight, tensile strength, durability. Economical properties such as cost, transport and sourcing.

  • 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.

  • Quality and cycle time optimisation

    The most optimal rotation or cycle time and over-all quality of a tool or a machine's processes.

  • Personal protective equipment

    Types of protective materials and equipment foreseen for various types of tasks such as general or specialised cleaning activities.

Skills

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • 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.

  • Polish stone surfaces

    Polish stone using polishing tools and machines in order to obtained a smooth and lustrous product.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Inspect stone surface

    Inspect the surface of the stone to identify any uneven areas.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

    Supply the machine with the necessary tools and items for a particular production purpose.

  • Wash stone

    Wash the stone chips obtained while drilling, by using water hose.

  • Use abrasive wheel

    Use the specific abrasive wheel or the step in the finishing process according to the type of stone or workpiece.

  • Use polishing compounds

    Use the specified polishing compounds such as emery powder, spreading it on the stone.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

  • Prepare stone for smoothing

    Prepare the stone for the smoothing process by wetting it with the hose.

  • Measure materials

    Measure the raw materials prior to their loading in the mixer or in machines, ensuring they conform with the specifications.

Optional knowledge and skills

wax imperfections abrasive machining processes operate precision measuring equipment report defective manufacturing materials operate engraving equipment record production data monitor automated machines perform test run operate grinding hand tools read standard blueprints consult technical resources identify customer's needs keep records of work progress design objects to be crafted operate forklift produce different surface finishes mechanics inspect quality of products maintain equipment pack stone products remove inadequate workpieces polish stone by hand operate lifting equipment mark stone workpieces measure flatness of a surface