Press Helper
Graphic Packaging - Des Moines, IA

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Graphic Packaging International

Job Description

Job Title: Press Helper

Department: Flexible Packaging

Reports To: Press Operator, Leadperson


Assists Press Operator with set-up, operation and monitoring of the press and its associated equipment to print required graphics on plastic film in such a manner that results in the production of printed film on a timely basis that meets all the customer's print specifications.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following: (other duties may be assigned),

Reviews Production Order Form and Brand Copy specifications to insure the correct press equipment, packaging supplies and raw materials are available to print film that meets the customer's specifications.

Assists in press equipment set-ups within the machine's print capabilities and ranges. Set-ups may include, but are not limited to the following:

Sets-up and controls press ( positioning/installing of cylinders in press, threading of film, adjusting of transfer and printing rolls, regulating of press speed, setting of drying temperature, ect).

If required blends proper ink mixtures, monitors viscosity and maintains supply.

Sets-up and adjusts ink pumps.

Proper backing and mounting of plates on cylinders.

Knowledge in handling and storage of cylinders.

Periodically observes and checks printed film coming off the press and if detects sub standard product or print takes immediate corrective action to eliminate any causes of sub-standard product and bring print back into specification. Maintains production in the Operator’s absence.

Packages finished product as defined by the Production Order.

Assists in the proper clean-up of the equipment (before, during and after all production or shutdowns).

Maintains all housekeeping standards, as defined or directed.

Properly fills out production and quality reports on a timely basis.

Must understand Graphic Packaging’s quality policy.

Monitors press equipment to insure equipment is operating properly and performs routine maintenance on equipment.

Performs other tasks as directed by Operator, Leadperson, Team Leader or management.


QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. the requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.


Must be able to set-up and operate press equipment that includes but is not limited to the press, ink pumps and cylinders.


Must be able to clearly communicate with team members and management.


Must be proficient in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to evaluate and monitor production reports, quality reports, packing lists and labels. Must be able to understand plastic weight, bag count and footage formulas when determining customer's press specifications in the Production Order Form.


Must be able to translate customer specifications in the Production Order Form and Brand Copy into assembling the proper mix of press equipment and raw materials to produce a printed product that meets all the customer's specifications.


Will frequently lift or maneuver and package rolls of flexible packaging from machines that will weigh from 15 pounds up to 150 pounds.

Must stand most of the time and will walk about the press periodically.


Works on press and associated equipment to print plastic film. This production environment is a high noise area with potentially hot conditions that operates as a 24 hour - 7 day operation consisting of 12 hour shifts.

( Note : this document is not to be interpreted as being all-inclusive and may be modified as duties, expectations, equipment and/or staffing changes)

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