Select basic paper types, sizes, and weights in the printing industry.
Analyze basic press operation systems.
Identify uses of and problems associated with offset ink types, including oil base, rubber base, acrylic, and waterless inks.
Describing offset ink mixing, additives, and driers
Demonstrate the use of fountain solutions and additives.
Explaining the purpose of foundation solutions and additives
Identifying pH or conductivity, mixing, testing materials, equipment, and procedures of fountain solutions and additives
Compare advantages and disadvantages of digital printing to those of offset printing.
Demonstrate the make-ready process for paper, including sheet size, impression, and cylinder.
Demonstrate the make-ready process for inking and dampening systems.
Create a single- and multiple-color print job, including single- and two-sided documents using a metal or polyester plate.
Describe techniques used to install and set a blanket for an offset press operation.
Demonstrate procedures for major cleanup and maintenance of offset press operations, including proper washup techniques for inking systems, dampening systems, and cylinders, and demonstrating roller care and maintenance of inking and dampening systems.
Evaluate heavy solid work, including making needed adjustments to improve quality.
Demonstrate safety considerations and safe work habits in binding operations.
Apply correct procedures for binding and finishing.
Identifying basic hand tools, equipment, and materials in binding operations
Explaining registration and pagination for binding operations
Utilize basic paper counting techniques, including measurement by ream, marker, weight, caliper, and counting by hand.
Demonstrate the use of folding equipment to produce a single fold, gatefold, accordion fold, right angle fold, slit, perforate, and score.
Utilizing folding equipment to produce a high-folio lip signature and a low-folio lip signature
Describing advantages of high-folio and low-folio lip signatures
Describe methods of operating, maintaining, and changing the blade on a programmable paper cutter.
Identify in-line finishing systems for bindery operations.
Demonstrate accurate paper cuts using mechanized paper cutters.
Explaining dutch cuts and combination cuts
Demonstrating safe operation and maintenance of a paper cutter
Apply fundamentals of saddle stitching and perfect binding to produce side and saddle stitched and stapled products.
Identifying spiral binding and wire binding equipment and products
Describing common production problems in bindery
Demonstrate packaging methods for bindery operations.
Identifying packaging and shrink-wrap equipment and materials.
Utilize United States Postal Service mail class rates and equipment.
Explaining situations where bulk and presorted rates may be used