Pantograph Setter

Set up pantograph machines to transfer designs in reduced form.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pantograph Setters do?

Sets up pantograph machines to transfer designs in reduced form from zinc plates to varnished cloth-printing rollers: Inserts mandrel through roller and lifts roller onto headstocks on machine carriage, using electric hoist. Aligns centerline on zinc plate with centerline on machine table and tacks plate to table. Moves pantograph tracing arm through series of reference points on zinc plate and moves dimension levers backward or forward to adjust pantograph for specified reduction in scale of design. Tightens levers in position, using handtools. Positions diamond point on machine crossbar, moves tracing arm through reference points on zinc plate, and depresses pedal to mark corresponding marks on varnished roller. Aligns succeeding diamond point with marks on roller. Repeats procedure until diamond point has been spaced on crossbar for each side-repeat of pattern. Tightens diamond points in position, using pliers. Turns thumbscrew on diamond frame to raise diamond points equal distance from varnished roller. Weighs diamond points on miniature scales and adds or removes washers to compensate for differences in weight. Moves tracing arm through series of reference points on zinc plate, depresses pedal to mark corresponding crosses on roller, and examines marks on roller to verify alignment of diamond points. Determines ground setting according to weight of fabric, type of design, and colors in design. Records ground setting, length of roller, width of engraving, and circumference of roller on production sheet.

Should I be a Pantograph Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Plate Setter

    How to become a Pantograph Setter

    Pantograph Setters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pantograph Setter-related education!
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