Profession thread rolling machine operator

Thread rolling machine operators set up and tend thread rolling machines designed to form metal workpieces into external and internal screw threads by pressing a thread rolling die against metal blank rods, creating a larger diameter than those of the original blank workpieces.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Types of thread

    Types of thread, such as unified thread, metric thread, square thread, ACME thread, buttress thread and their qualities and applications. 

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Metal forming technologies

    The variety of technologies and techniques, such as forging, pressing, stamping, rolling and others, used for the forming processes of metal product manufacturing.

  • Thread rolling machine parts

    Different parts of a thread rolling machine, such as the radial and vertical roll force, the die block, the moving block, the ram and the vertical roll force sensor, their qualities and applications.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Consult technical resources

    Read and interpret such technical resources such as digital or paper drawings and adjustment data in order to properly set up a machine or working tool, or to assemble mechanical equipment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Adjust rolling slide

    Use manual switch for adjusting the rolling slide, which holds the die block, of a thread rolling machine.

  • 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.

  • Ensure equipment availability

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

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tend thread rolling machine

    Tend automated or semi-automated thread rolling machine creating threads, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

program a cnc controller monitor stock level types of metal manufacturing processes apply cross-reference tools for product identification ferrous metal processing manufacturing of metal assembly products mark processed workpiece record production data for quality control quality and cycle time optimisation keep records of work progress use cam software mechanics read standard blueprints statistical process control inspect quality of products provide advice to technicians work ergonomically interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances set up automotive robot check quality of raw materials manufacturing of metal structures perform machine maintenance monitor conveyor belt perform product testing

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