Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement

Although completion of a formal apprenticeship or a postsecondary program in printing equipment operation continues to be the best way to learn the trade, most printing machine operators are trained on the job while they work as assistants or helpers to experienced operators. Beginning press operators load, unload, and clean presses. With time and training, they may move up to become fully qualified press operators on the type of equipment on which they trained. Some operators gain experience on many kinds of printing presses during the course of their career.

Apprenticeships for press operators, once the dominant method for preparing for this occupation, are becoming less prevalent. When they are offered by the employer, they usually include on-the-job instruction and some related classroom training or correspondence school courses. Apprenticeships used to be for a fixed period of time, but now completion is based on ability to demonstrate competencies.

Working Conditions

Operating a press can be physically and mentally demanding, and sometimes tedious. Printing machine operators are on their feet most of the time. Often, operators work under pressure to meet deadlines. Most printing presses are capable of high printing speeds, and adjustments must be made quickly to avoid waste. Pressrooms are noisy, and workers in certain areas wear ear protectors. Working with press machinery can be hazardous, but accidents can be avoided when press operators follow safe work practices. The threat of accidents has decreased with newer computerized presses because operators make most adjustments from a control panel. Many press operators, particularly those who work for newspapers, work weekends, nights, and holidays. They also may work overtime to meet deadlines.

Nature of the Work

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Printing machine operators, also known as press operators, prepare, operate, and maintain the printing presses in a pressroom. Duties of printing machine operators vary according to the type of press they operate—offset lithography, gravure, flexography, screen printing, letterpress, and digital. Offset lithography, which transfers an inked impression from a rubber-covered cylinder to paper or other material, is the dominant printing process. With gravure, the recesses on an etched plate or cylinder are inked and pressed to paper. Flexography is a form of rotary printing in which ink is applied to a surface by a flexible rubber printing plate with a raised image area. Use of flexography should increase over the next decade, but letterpress, in which an inked, raised surface is pressed against paper, remains in existence only as specialty printing. In addition to the major printing processes, plateless or nonimpact processes are coming into general use. Plateless processes—including digital, electrostatic, and ink-jet printing—are used for copying, duplicating, and document and specialty printing, usually by quick and in-house printing shops, and increasingly by commercial printers for short-run jobs and variable data printing.

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The work

Machine printers, often known as print minders, set up, operate and maintain printing presses. Their work involves taking job specifications from the print originator and setting up the press with the correct amount of materials for the production run.

Typical tasks include:

  • matching colours to the originator’s proofs
  • restocking ink levels
  • loading the print material
  • inputting job data into computerised machine control units
  • carrying out quality checks throughout the print run
  • identifying problems and fixing faults
  • cleaning presses on completion of the job (either manually or using automatic cleaning systems)
  • basic machine maintenance.

Machine printers usually work on a particular type of press but they often train in a variety of printing techniques, including:

Embrio concept: Available in 2025

Embrio. Remember this name! Some say that this is just another silly idea because of its far release date. Some think that this is going to be the replacement for old-good Seagway. But I say, no doubt this is going to be a widespread transportation of the future. Light, maneuver, and consumes very few energy- this is what Embrio is, if speaking shortly.

Embrio is a concept of a well known Bombardier Company. Company that build perfect ATVs, Qads, snowmobiles and even watercrafts. With such a variety of directions Bombardier Co. manages to keep high quality level and even to design concepts for the future. Embrio is one of them. Almost forgot to mention that Embrio is an IDEA Awards winner.

Firstly, I world like to say that Enbrio was designed as the vehicle for the future. So, don’t even imagine to see it before 2025. That is the approximate date for Embrio's official launch. A little too far, don't you think? Who knows what will happen in 10 or 15 years?

Next McLaren F1. True or false?

I'm sure many of you know this name. I mean McLaren. Besides the Formula 1 team, the McLaren Company is happened to be the manufacturer of the world's best serial sport car ever built. The McLaren F1 is being recognized by many car magazines and editions as the fastest and most successful exotic sports car on the planet. And I can not argue with them.

I my opinion F1 model is the absolute winner by its speed limit (if there is one?), its unique design and pilot position. Without any doubts, the McLaren F1 is a truly born road and track king. It was designed and built to be the fastest. And it is (top speed 249MpH; from 0 to 60 Mph in 3, 4 seconds and from 0-150Mph in just 12, 8 seconds).

The most interesting thing is that the McLaren wasn't planned to be massive. F1 is the company's only car model. There have been no changes since 1993, just imagine that. A very strange politic, I must say. But when you sit in the F1 bullet you begin to realize why the developers have concentrated their attention on the only model.

What will the future bring us?

No doubt, that in the nearest future some gadgets will change drastically. Mobile phones are getting thinner and have more ergonomic shapes; cars gain additional abilities and design concepts: all is getting smaller and thinner.

I will now show you what were are going to deal with not so distant future!!

I would like to introduce you 2 different ideas, 2 different design concepts; 2 different cell phones of the future! These are: the Onix concept from Synaptics Company and Aeon concept from Nokia Corporation.
Both phones definitely have futuristic design and rather interesting features.

And now, in all the details:
The Synaptics Onix is a creation of well known Pilotfish design studio. Pilotfish designers surely did a great job. As manufacturers declare, the Onyx is a cell phone of the future the combines an intelligent and adaptive interface and next generation user interaction design.

2007 BMW HP2 Megamoto

I would like to tell you about a great 2 wheeled BMW family representatives. The new BMW HP2 Megamoto is a regeneration of H2 series. The BMW is positioning this bike as a supermotard / enduro class. I think it will be perfect for small town streets or even for a megapolis. With BMW HP2 you will forget about stucking is traffic jams.
And of course, you can fire it up on highways.

For me is nothing better, than going 220 km/h with a girlfriend behind your back; but wait there is – one quick shift, 6th gear," hold on tight, girl" and 230……

One word about the design: we now see an absolutely remade design that completely differs from 2005 model. And I must say that the design of 2007 model is much more attractive, aggressive and it is in traditional for BMW white/blue/silver color scheme. It looks awesome!

iZoundz for iPodz and not only

The new Zoundz from Zizzle! What does this suppose to mean? I guess it means anything, but ordinary! A new gadget in the army of connect-it-to-your-iPod-devices. The name of this device already implies something to have fun with.

Sometimes I get dizzy when I see all of these iPod compatible accessories. They are so many that I get the thought there are not enough iPods to plug into those accessories. But I suppose I am one of the few who try to resist this iPod accessories invasion.

These gadgets are mainly for improving the iPod functionality, to make it more universal or to turn it into a party factory. However, there are things, which from time to time try to change our views towards these devices.


Can you imagine your life without having a cell phone? It seems almost unreal, isn't it?

As for me, I can't imagine my life without a cell phone. When I left it home, it seems to me that I'm somehow abandoned.

Nowadays you can find a cell phone of every desired class, model, color variation and design. Clam shells, mono blocks, sliders, twisters, business class models; whatever you desire.
But today we'll tell not about a twister, and not even about a thin slider; our story is a bout a brand new form, new concept, new idea.

Samsung Serene is the gadget that is ready to change the mobile phone development traditions and design concepts.
Samsung Corporation with collaboration with Bang & Olufset gives us a cell phone with a very strange but interesting design. It combines advanced features and innovative clamshell design.
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