Slitting Operator

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Plastic Packaging Technologies
Job Overview

Position Summary:

Associates in the Slitter Operator position are responsible for Operating a high-speed, Wide-Web, Slitter/Rewind to produce quality flexible packaging materials on time in accordance with specific work instructions and applicable safety and quality control procedures. In the event of absence, these job responsibilities will be covered by another employee in the Slitter Operator position.

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. Completes 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.
  • Thoroughly reviews and understands the entire Job Ticket and Traveler, and verifies that all film materials and necessary components for the job 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.
  • Works proactively and with a sense of urgency to facilitate systematic and timely approvals and start-ups on the Slitter. This supports product quality and efficiencies through a consistent approach.
  • 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 pulling retain samples from each set. Slitters are the last line of defense in the Quality Control Procedures so attention must be focused on catching print, lamination, and winding issues like wrinkling or roll conformity. Carefully monitors defect flags from previous departments to catch known quality problems.
  • Labels and packs all finished product as specified in the job ticket, and accurately accounts for and documents all material usage and scrap into the information system. Slitter Operators are typically the last PPT Associate to see the product before the customer, so extra care and attention to detail must be practiced to make sure we are shipping quality products, and properly packaged to protect the product during shipment and handling.
  • Inputs production into finished goods inventory in the information system, generates inventory pallet tags, core tags and skid tickets to properly label products, and consumes work-in-process (WIP) materials in the information system.
  • Methodically Clears the Slitter of all film materials, Line Clearance procedure, at the end of a run to guarantee that we do not mix different items on the same roll. When dealing with food products that may have allergen components like nuts or eggs, this is literally a matter of life and death to consumers.
  • Shares their knowledge with less-experienced Slitter Operators. Certified Slitter Operators are normally assigned to a regular machine, but are expected to run any of the Slitters as schedule needs may dictate.
  • 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 AIB cleanup issues.
  • Generates improvement ideas and embraces improvement projects to better the business.

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 color compliance with approved printed sample.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Willingness to be trained in the proper handling and disposal of Hazardous waste.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Detail-orientation required for completing required paperwork and information systems inputs with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Previous Slitter, Laminator, or Wide-Web Press experience, 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.
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  • Education RequiredHigh School Diploma or GED
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