Platen-Press Operator

Set up and operate automatic, platen-type cutting-creasing presses.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Platen-Press Operators do?

Sets up and operates automatic, platen-type cutting-creasing press to cut rolls of paperboard into carton blanks: Selects, installs, and adjusts specified chase on press bed, using handtools. Positions and attaches stripping cylinder on roller and turns wheel to adjust tension on rubberized backer roll. Mounts roll of paperboard on machine feed spindle, using hoist, and threads paperboard through feed, tension, and idler rollers. Starts machine and observes operation. Turns dials and wheels to synchronize machine speed with speed of feed rolls and to regulate pressure on feed rolls. Starts conveyor that transports broke to baling machine. Measures cut-scored blanks for conformity to specifications, using tape measure, and examines blanks for defects, such as wrinkles and tears. Adjusts machine to correct defects.


Should I be a Platen-Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Beam Press Operator, Blanker-Press Operator, Platen Press Operator, Platen Press Operator Apprentice See More

    How to become a Platen-Press Operator

    Most Platen-Press Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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