Ink & Die Room Technician

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POST DATE 9/16/2017
END DATE 5/18/2018

Smurfit Kappa North America Carson, CA

Carson, CA
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Job Classification
Full Time
Job Type
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
High School Diploma or GED


At Smurfit Kappa, we open up opportunities with forward-thinking customers by relentlessly applying our experience, expertise and ingenuity.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 45,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 34 countries and with sales revenue of 8.1 bn in 2015. Smurfit Kappa s worldwide headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland and has regional headquarters in Amsterdam (Europe) and Miami (the Americas).

Smurfit Kappa North America is part of the Smurfit Kappa Group and is a leading integrated paperboard and paper-based packaging manufacturer with multiple facilities in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico with approximately 4,000 employees in this region.

With our pro-active team we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers.

We collaborate with forward thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations.

This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills. Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

Are you ready to Open the Future?

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Overall purpose of the Job
Responsible for ink mixing, color matching prior to the ink being used on machines, and maintaining color standards as well as all activities associated with mounting dies on die cutters including setup, cleanup, and recommending improvements to operations.

Reporting Line
Shift Supervisor

The Ink & Die Room Technician works within a team to operate the ink mixing system and dies for the various machines in a safe, efficient and reliable manner. The position holder will follow all pertinent procedures & processes as well as Group Health & Safety standards and rules

Primary Duties
Provides color matching, formulating, and small batch blending support
Selects bases and vehicles so that inks formulated meet or exceed customer needs, regarding such qualities as color, fade resistance, odor, rub resistance, coating compatibility, printing methods, viscosity, tack, grind, etc.
Maintain detailed production and quality control records
Provide strong press side technical service, troubleshoot problems and provide detailed and consistent technical reporting
Identifies rework opportunities based on review of batch tickets
Prepares formula, supervises and participates in weighing out necessary ingredients, mixing and milling all inks to be produced at in plant operation
Performs standard quality control tests to insure inks meet or exceed customer specifications
Prepares draw-downs and displays for color comparisons
Furnishes press side technical service as required to adjust problems, such as shade, color, body, stripping, bleeding, skinning, and assisting with press related problems. Performs troubleshooting
Orders inks, coatings, and raw materials. Maintain inventory levels.
Identifies press returns and learns work-off of materials to insure low dormancy levels
Receives and stores ink, plates and cutting dies in proper storage location daily
Mounts printing dies and proofs for accuracy and proofs other mounter s work for accuracy in accordance with proper setup techniques
Calibrate Ph meters at machine centers weekly
Files printing mounts and dies. Pull printing mounts and dies from files
Inspects all incoming print mounts and cutting dies; repairs as necessary with minimal loss of production
Provides strong press side technical service, troubleshoot problems and provides detailed and consistent technical reporting.
Pulls machine line-ups as necessary
Adheres to production schedule. Makes recommendations for optimizing the schedule to meet cost, quality and service goals. Reports any unusual scheduling issues to Supervisor
Complies with all company policies and procedures, including safety and maintaining good housekeeping
Inspects tooling when picking up from machine and daily follow up with proper documentation
Inventory control of cutting dies removed from machines daily
Assists other departments and/or areas as requested by management or supervisor
Participates in any extra curriculum (training & development) activity deemed necessary by management
Comply with all company policies and procedures, including safety and maintaining good housekeeping, report unsecured conditions to Supervisor
Participates in month end inventory
Participates in all safety and hygiene activities as required by the Human Resources and Quality Department
Takes part in any extra curriculum activity deemed necessary by management
Assist other department and/or areas as requested by management or Supervisor

Skills, Knowledge and Experience
High School Diploma or equivalent, between 5 to 8 years related experience within the Industry
Must possess good mathematical skill to properly weigh and adjust batches as required
Excellent verbal, written communication and coordination skills
Good computer operation skills for dispenser operations, quality control measurements, data acquisition and reporting
Must be well versed in a variety of dispensing software platforms (i.e. SPEC, Novaflow, Mixmaster etc.) and color matching technologies (i.e. X-Rite, SunMatch, etc. )
Must have strong pressroom and printing process knowledge
Highly organized, detail orientated and self-motivated individual (proactive attitude)
Ability to work in fast-paced environment, learn quickly and follow established processes
Good interpersonal skills
High energy, with the ability to work in fast-paced environment

Complexity and Creativity
Ability to define problems, collect data/facts (observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources) and draw reasonable conclusions
Ability to deal with various situations
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Judgment and Decision making
Capable of prioritizing multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
Capable to work and make decisions independently
Able to interpret a variety of instructions
Provide sound information to supervisor, supporting them in their decision making process

Supervisor Responsibility
This position does not involve any supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands
To successfully perform the essential functions of this role it requires the ability to: stand constantly, walk constantly, frequent use of hands (reach with hands and arms), view computer monitor, speak and hear on a frequent basis. The role requires occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 50 pounds. Vision abilities required to include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The Ink & Die Room Technician will communicate with supervisors and colleagues on a regular basis and is based in Carson, California.

If you...

* Enjoy challenges and opportunities to use your knowledge, skills and experience to support the strategic direction of the Company in a fast paced environment.

Smurfit Kappa North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.