Waxer Coater Operator
General Packaging Products - Chicago, IL

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General Packaging Products serves the dairy, candy/confectionery and QSR/foodservice industries with high quality flexible packaging. At General Packaging Products, we strive to develop a relationship with our customers and become their "Partners in Packaging".

Job Duties

Sets up and operates wax coater mounted in line with a flexographic printing press to coat rolls of paper with paraffin wax blend for use in making butter, candy and confectionary and food sevice wrappers. Assists Press Operator to mount paper roll on machine using chain hoist. Blends liquid wax with additives and turns valves to regulate temperature and melt material. Starts coating machine and adjusts controls to regulate machine feed, temperature of wax, cooling rolls, or cold water bath, and tension of paper feed. Weighs standard-size paper sheets before and after coating and calculates weight of wax to verify that coating meets specifications. Cuts sample of printed/coated material from end of printed roll and inspects for imperfections. Cleans waxer rollers, wax tanks, cooling cylinders, cold water bath tanks and blending system. Observes mechanical operation and indicating gauges, such as thermometers, steam pressure/temperature and air pressure gauges to ensure that specified operating levels are maintained and make specified adjustments when malfunction occurs. Usually operates waxer in team with Printing Press Operator on press equipped with waxer that coats paper by threading paper through waxer machine, and starts end of paper around rewind core. Splices breaks in paper using tape. Removes rewound roll or sheets from machine with hoist, and pulls shaft from core by hand. Weighs, labels and marks printed/coated rolls and moves to Slitter area. Cleans waxer and work area, keeps daily time, production, and material usage reports. Conforms to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP() and Safe Quality Food (SQF) procedures and policies to assure wrappers are suitable for direct food contact.

Work Experience Requirements
Five or more years of hands on experience operating a web-fed converting machine. Two years minimum experience as a coater helper or operator.

Education and Other Requirements
High School Diploma or G.E.D. Mechanical aptitude, ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.