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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Confirm non-routine job specifications
  2. Set up reel transportation and delivery system on web-fed machine
  3. Select and prepare inks and solvents
  4. Set up machine for complex flexographic printing
  5. OR
  6. Set up in-line units for basic process/es
  7. Conduct proof run
  8. Organise proof inspection and/or testing
  9. Readjust settings to production speed

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

set up flexographic printing machines for non-routine print jobs, conduct a proof run and adjust settings to ensure production speeds are attained

demonstrate use of computerised control, monitoring and data entry systems if available and appropriate

set up a flexographic printing machine for a complex job on TWO occasions (if possible using different substrates and if possible including at least two in-line processes) according to manufacturer’s and job specifications, and enterprise procedures.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

describe production problems that could be created by not reading or understanding the job specifications

list work health and safety (WHS) factors to consider when mounting and proofing flexographic plates

describe the most common cause of photopolymer plates crazing on the image side

explain the importance of printing plate resiliency

list main advantages of using thin photopolymer plates in process printing

outline faults that may be detected on new plates

identify types of solvents used on photopolymer plates

describe benefits of optical mounting

explain the purpose of binding plates after mounting

outline possible print faults that could be eliminated by using a cushion mount

list WHS factors to consider when installing printing cylinders or sleeves

describe precautions to ensure the plates and cylinders or sleeves are not damaged during installation

explain what to check to ensure plates and cylinders or sleeves have been installed correctly

list WHS precautions to be observed when webbing up the machine

explain how to determine position of the reel

demonstrate how the substrate is pulled into the machine

outline consequences of insufficient unwind tension

describe consequences of excessive unwind tens

outline the function of the ‘Dancer’ roller on a web machine

explain the function of the PIV unit

demonstrate knowledge of how to make adjustments to the PIV

describe the function of the lay-on roller

outline effects of excessive lay-on roller pressure

describe what can happen if the web is not spliced correctly

explain how the particular web viewing device works

list WHS precautions for setting up the delivery

explain how the web is controlled in the rewind unit

describe the result of incorrect rewind tension

outline remedial steps if there is a possibility of ink marking in the rewind

explain the function the air blast plays in the delivery of sheets

list WHS precautions for preparing inks and additives

identify details to check an ink’s suitability for the printing process

outline special end-use requirements that may be necessary

describe the main functions of a pigmented extender used in flexographic printing

explain the purpose of adding plasticisers to flexographic inks

list additives used in flexographic inks

outline the range, in seconds, for zahn cup measurements

describe the effect foaming has in a zahn cup when measuring ink viscosity

identify recommended pH range when printing with aqueous inks

list precautions to observe to minimise waste when preparing ink

describe how to determine shelf life of most inks

outline conditions relevant to storing inks and additives

list conventions for labelling mixed ink

list WHS factors to consider when setting up the machine

identify advantages of centring all machine controls

describe checks to be made on cylinders and gears

outline checks to do prior to cylinder or sleeve installation

identify the angle chamber blades should be set at

outline the main advantage of gauging up and dry register prior to printing a job

describe the cell count of the anilox roller used when printing solids

explain why water treatment additives should be used in a central impression drum and chill roller coolant system

list advantages of laser engraved ceramic anilox rollers

demonstrate knowledge of the anilox roller and what it measures

list possible reasons for anilox wear

describe the type of job printed using a hexagonal cell configuration

identify the recommended web temperature when printing polypropylene film

explain the method of drying used when printing on polythene by the flexographic process

list factors affecting drying rate of liquid inks

list factors affecting drying of aqueous inks

identify the operating range of UV lamps

list WHS precautions to be observed when slitting on the machine

explain how a cold seal is formed

outline reasons for a printed product to be punched

describe what to consider when setting hole punching in relation to repeat length

outline consequences of excessive pressure on the slitters

describe why is it necessary to graduate drying speeds of each progressive colour, so first-down colours dry faster the subsequent colours

explain why, in flexographic printing, that as press speed increases so does colour strength

list causes of a decrease in web tension

outline consequences of increasing rewind tension after the roll has been partially rewound

identify the major cause of a telescopic roll

describe print characteristics related to excessive printing pressure

list causes of picking when printing multicoloured work

identify print faults from using an over-reduced ink

outline problems that can cause lateral streaks in uneven printing

describe causes of moire patterns when printing by the flexographic process

outline consequences of air being trapped under mounted plates

name the instrument used to identify retained solvent trapped in the print

explain the purpose of taking Dyne readings

explain the purpose of the crinkle test when testing an ink

outline consequences if an excessive final drying temperature was used when printing polypropylene film

identify the ink property that can be adjusted to reduce dot gain

demonstrate understanding of correctly checking ink viscosity while using ink pumps

identify problems resulting from excessive use of slow solvents

explain why laminating inks, once printed, appear dull and become easy to scratch

outline the result of excessive print area tension

list some of the problems the printer may associate with cold seals

locate machine manuals, safety and other documentation relevant to this task, and outline information included in these documents.