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PDS Tech Inc Production Assistant in Holyoke, Massachusetts

PDS Tech is seeking a Production Assistant for an open position in Holyoke, MA.

Responsibilities:

  • Operates the following equipment: demount unit, A-frame, plate micrometer, foot shear, rubber cutter, video mounter(s), anilox roll cleaner, sleeve storage unit, and photopolymer drill table.

  • Operate mounting equipment in a safe manner to prevent injury to themselves and the equipment.

  • Indpects incoming photopolymer plates for design accuracy, image number accuracy, and quality of work. Interpret production schedule to determine raw material needs and mount orders so that they are ready in advance of production run. Mounts orders according to data sheet or special instructions.

  • Determines appropriate mounting tape for order depending upon print application.

  • Mount plates to be processed through printing, ensuring quality workmanship standards are maintained.

  • Monitors plate inventory and schedules platemaking as necessary.

  • Assure all items supplied are ready for press use prior to closing out orders and placing materials in plate packets.

  • Inspect quality of "press returned" plates and stores acceptable plates for future runs.

  • Destroy and dispose of substandard plates according to standard operating procedures.

  • Maintain a safe, clean, and orderly work area. Clean and maintain repeat cylinders (integral, demount, and sleeve) for press use.

  • Communicate with print team and determine sleeve positioning sequence and anilox roll configuration for each order prior to setup start.

  • Unload/load cylinders in the press during press setup. Unload/load anilox rolls in the press during press setup.

  • Clean anilox rolls according to PM schedule.

  • Communicate with print team and determine ink positioning sequence for each order prior to setup start.

  • Setup inks in the press and wets anilox rolls during press setup.

  • Check ink viscosity during press setup.

  • Assist in changing out doctor blade cavities.

  • Cut up and dispose of press test material.

  • Maintain an inventory of ink toners from available ink vendors, blended inks, and solvents.

  • Assists in establishing and maintaining a card catalog of ink formulas for available ink systems.

  • Performs viscosity checks on incoming toners for all ink systems using established procedures and provides supervisor with information.

  • Blends inks according to established formulas and color matches to Cryovac color standard or Pantone Matching System book.

  • Retones blended inks returned from press using available equipment.

  • Pumps ink toners and extenders into available holding tanks in the ink room.

  • Pumps waste solvent and ink (slop) to holding tank for disposal.

  • Labels inks and solvents for accuracy in printing.

  • Stores blended inks in ink room storage shelves.

  • Assists operators with ink toning.

  • Maintains good housekeeping in the inkroom.

  • Cleans returned inks, ink kit lids, ink kit components, viscosity units, ink pumps, toner tubs, stir paddles as needed.

  • Cleans wash up tank and tray as needed.

  • Performs all tasks needed to ensure a safe, clean ink blending and ink storage area is maintained.

  • Maintains housekeeping duties on operator side of CI section during press setup.

  • Return sleeve cart to staging area during setup. Setup AVT camera during press setup.

  • Register decks to meet Cryovac specifications during press setup.

  • Operate the eltromat system to maintainfront to back registration when relieving for breaks.

  • Clean plates/sleeves and return to storage. Change out buffer roll according to PM schedule.

  • Stage cylinders for next order. Load first roll of the printed order. Setup rewind for 3"or 6" core.

  • Relieve for breaks, performing necessary duties to meet optimum performance standards.

  • Assist operating team with bin balancing as necessary.

  • Understands and can perform ink resource duties when necessary.

  • Performs all other miscellaneous duties as directed by supervision or the operating team.

Qualifications:

  • High School or equivalent. HS diploma or equivalent.

  • Ability to read a tape measure, perform simple math functions, physically able to lift weights up to 50 lbs, stand for extended periods of time.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

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