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 Job Summary:  

The Flexographic Support Associate is responsible for assisting in routine aspects of press operation by performing manual and machine operator tasks in the set-up, maintenance and operation of Inland’s flexographic presses. The Flexographic Support Associate assists Operations in achieving quality and throughput goals and further assists press operators in maximizing press throughput. The Flexographic Support Associate will ensure that presses are supplied properly prior to print production, to ensure press efficiencies are met.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

– Reads and understands a job ticket to determine the stock, ink and other material needed for the job.
– Prepares materials for upcoming jobs by viewing production schedule and conferring with operators.
– Responsible for preparation/staging, management throughout the run, and return of all inks, coatings, and substrate associated with the production run.
– Manufactures, sets-up and mounts printing plates and rotary silk screens.
– Examines photographic images for imperfections prior to plate making. Verifies all job information to ensure that correct plates are being utilized and further checks plates for quality and repairs any imperfections.
– Inspects and identifies defects in the negatives, raw material, printing plates, sleeves, mounting tape and cylinders.
– Operates and maintains laser platemaking equipment that converts electronic data to plates without the use of film.
– Responsible for ensuring all parts, plates/plate rolls, and anilox rolls are staged and ready for changeover.
– Evaluates and makes recommendations to Flexographic Press – Operator for improvements in production and quality.
– Completes and maintains production records; files production material
– Performs quality checks to specifications and color standards.
– Participates in ink formula modifications in order to achieve desired color and printability.
– Assists in operating press according to Standard Operating Procedures.
– Assists in developing the department’s Standard Operating Procedures
– Completes material usage report and substrate usage logbook and other necessary paperwork
– Assists the Flexographic Press Operator with end of run clean up and any other procedures related to end of run.
– Active participant in 5S and Kaizen events; performs housekeeping by replacing press rags and solutions, performs preventative maintenance, cleaning, and other tasks when press is down.
– Operates material handling equipment.
– Performs lead operator responsibilities and maintains production and quality standards when lead operators are away from press for short periods of time.

Essential skills and experience:   

– High school diploma or general education degree
– Proficient computer skills
– Good communication skills
– Detail oriented
– Team player
– Problem solver
– Willingness to learn and take on new tasks

Work Environment:  

Operates in a demanding, fast-paced, people-oriented manufacturing environment with frequent changes and interruptions, and multiple project assignments. Works with a variety of people including vendors, customers, employees, managers, and executives.

Required Work Schedule:  

– Sunday – Thursday, Third shift; 10:00 pm – 6:00 am
– Ability to work overtime as needed
– Flexible to attend meetings or important functions which may occur during off hours, weekends, and holidays to meet organizational initiatives.

Physical Requirements:  

Must meet physical demands identified on work screen protocol; Vision acuity corrected to 20/40; Must pass Ishihara Color Assessment and receive a minimum of average/normal color vision score on Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hues and D-15.

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