Press Operator

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Plastic Packaging Technologies
Job Overview

Position Summary:

Associates in the Press Operator 2 position are responsible for Operating a Wide-Web Flexographic Printing Press to produce quality flexible packaging materials on time in accordance with specific work instructions and applicable safety and quality assurance procedures.In the event of absence, these job responsibilities will be covered by the employee in the “Press Operator 1” or by another employee in the “Press Operator 2” positions.

Responsibilities and Duties:

This job description and performance standard document has been prepared as a guide to ensure better communication and understanding. All responsibilities, however, have not been included, nor could they be. Your Supervisor/Manager may from time to time ask you to perform other related duties not specifically included in this description. Likewise, this description will be revised when required to meet current business needs.

  • Checks all tools and equipment at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure good housekeeping is maintained, documents housekeeping as required, and contacts Maintenance whenever equipment is not running properly. Assists with preventative maintenance on machinery and equipment as assigned, and assists Maintenance with repairs.
  • Clocks in and out of orders as required by department, and accurately records own time in the system with the appropriate activity classifications throughout the shift.
  • Works proactively and with a sense of urgency utilizing the Set-Up / Start-Up Procedures to facilitate systematic and timely start-ups on the press. This supports product quality and efficiencies through a consistent approach, and minimizes scrap by starting the press closer to the point of job approval.
  • Thoroughly reviews and understands the entire Job Ticket and Traveler, and verifies that all materials, plates, inks, etc. are available before proceeding with a job set-up. Any discrepancies or points of confusion must be addressed, clarified, and formally revised, if necessary, with the Shift Leader before proceeding with the job.
  • Drives strict compliance with all Quality Control procedures to first make sure we are making the product properly (“Approved Set-up Sample”), then to both assure consistency and limit our quality exposure throughout the run by continuously monitoring the process and completing roll-to-roll checks.
  • Remove buckets containing press hazardous waste from press room; carry to hazardous waste totes in ink room and pour contents into correct tote (either surface or reverse inks).
  • Follows all procedures and safety measures (including grounding containers) in acquiring all ink and solvent materials from the Ink room.
  • Performs viscosity checks every 15 minutes on all inks while the press is running, and cuts all added ink to the similar viscosity level before pouring in the new ink to avoid color variances on the press.
  • Performs daily, weekly, and monthly area housekeeping procedures as required. Coordinates activities with the Press Operator 1 to maximize the current job run efficiency while proactively preparing for the next job to reduce machine down time. Must be willing to share their knowledge with less-experienced Operators, and help other members of the Press Team as directed. Coordinates breaks with other Operators to maximize machine run time across the department. Keeping machines running is a key priority.
  • Generates improvement ideas and embraces improvement projects to better the business.
  • Labels all printed materials and accurately accounts for and documents all material usage and scrap into the information system. Properly labels all ink material returned to the Ink room.
  • Ensures that all responsibilities and functions performed are in accordance with company and quality procedures as set forth in the Personnel Handbook and the Quality Manual. Participates in quality programs and stays updated on changes to the Quality Manual.
  • Supports the company emphasis on teamwork and cooperation to achieve our goals by performing other duties as assigned including working in other departments from time to time and helping with periodic cleanup issues.

Performance Requirements:

  • Adherence and alignment to PPT’s Safety Culture and objective of Zero Safety Incidents. Adherence to GMP and food safety standards, with no repeat violations.
  • Complete 90 days from date of hire without a repeat Quality issue and in any rolling 90 day period thereafter.
  • Achieve an 85% or greater average efficiency score in the first 90 days of employment. Maintain at least an 85% efficiency score or greater in any rolling 90 day period thereafter.
  • No more than 1 attendance point in the first 90 days from date of hire and maintain less than 8 points at any given time after the first 90 days.
  • Completion of assigned Housekeeping duties and PMs. Provide proper care to the machines and equipment that results in zero damage.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Detail-orientation required for completing required paperwork and information system’s inputs with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Previous experience with printing and mechanical aptitude/experience is highly preferred.
  • Job experience in an industrial production environment with the related safety training is preferred.
  • Able to read and understand job tickets, and accept verbal direction to successfully complete procedures and assigned tasks.
  • Capable of performing mathematical calculations, and properly using tape measures and micrometers.
  • Flexibility in work assignments and priorities is required to address the dynamic needs of our customers and shifts in production requirements.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills required, and proven experience with effective teams and continuous improvement methods strongly preferred.

Working Conditions and/or Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift and ensure proper handling of items up to 75 pounds.
  • Must be capable of standing for the duration of a work shift less breaks and lunch.
  • Must be capable and willing to work in excess of a normal workweek with notice, as outlined in the Personnel Handbook, as production demands dictate.
  • Must be able to distinguish and ensure product quality in a fast paced production environment.
  • Must be able to identify, prioritize, and meet multiple expectations for area of responsibility.
  • Must have the physical dexterity to bend, stand, flex, and reach as the position dictates.
  • Must be able to satisfactorily see and differentiate color per adopted assessment methods in order to support efficient press set-ups and good print quality.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must be trained in the proper handling and disposal of Hazardous waste.
Job Detail
  • Education RequiredHigh School Diploma or GED
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