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Printing Machine Operator

Job Summary

Responsible for operating and tending printing presses. Performs traditional printing methods, such as offset lithography, gravure, flexography, and letterpress.

Primary responsibilities

  • Operate printing machine.
  • Run several presses with different size and color capacities.
  • Prepare machines for printing.
  • Install the printing plate with the images to be printed.
  • Press operators prepare machines for printing.
  • Ink the presses, load paper, and adjust the press to the paper size.
  • Ensure that paper and ink meet specifications
  • Adjust the flow of ink to the inking rollers accordingly.
  • Guide paper through the press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.
  • Monitor their operation and keep the paper feeders well stocked.
  • Make adjustments to manage ink distribution, speed, and temperature in the drying chamber.
  • Correct paper tears or jams.
  • Search for and correct problems.
  • Make quick corrections to avoid expensive losses of paper and ink.
  • Pull sheets to check for printing imperfections.
  • Set up, monitor, and adjust the printing process on a control panel or computer monitor.
  • Oil and clean the presses and make minor repairs.
  • Perform preventive maintenance.
  • Perform digital, electrostatic, and ink-jet printing.
  • Transfer files, blend colors, and proof images electronically using digital presses.

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