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Print Media Technology

Keeping the presses rolling for all kinds of printed materials that are needed by a wide range of customers.

Why is this skill important?

The Print Media Technician is involved with all aspects of the printing process from the initial planning and preparation, through the print run, checking for consistent quality to cleaning up after the print run is complete. The work is usually large-scale production of printed materials for a range of clients. Specifically, Print Media Technology involves the production of printed material using an offset sheet-fed press and other equipment to create finished, printed products for commercial and packaging industry. This occupation is responsible for producing all printed material at a printing operation.

The Technician will usually work in printing businesses or publishers and will use complex specialist equipment. A detailed knowledge of the equipment and materials used is vital to produce high quality products that comply with the specification in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

The Print Media Technician requires an in-depth knowledge of handling, troubleshooting, and maintaining printing factors such as ink, paper, and equipment. Generally, production of the printed product will use a traditional ink-on-paper process, but increasingly technicians are using digital printing technologies for shorter runs and utilize variable data.

Print Media Technicians also have to be able to mix custom ink colours and operate cutting equipment, folding and finishing equipment to produce a job to a customer's specifications. Quality control equipment like densitometers and photo spectrometers are used to verify and adjust the print quality.

Location

Aarau, Switzerland

12—15 October 2022

Competitors

Swagat Choudhury
India

Hendrik den Ouden
Germany

Junjie Gu
China

Hikaru Kaida
Japan

Noora Kekkonen
Finland

Louis LEICHTNAM
France

Nina Manser
Switzerland