Courses of Study: Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication

Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication, Grade 9 - 12, Offset Press Operations, 2009

1.) Identify basic systems and parts of a press.

2.) Demonstrate safe work habits and operation procedures in press operations.

3.) Interpret printed production information from a job docket or ticket.

4.) Select basic paper types, sizes, and weights in the printing industry.

Examples: types—wire or felt, watermarks, carbonless sequence

- sizes— 8 1/2 x 11, 11 x 17, 8 1/2 x 14

- weights— 30 lb., 40 lb., 50 lb.

5.) Analyze basic press operation systems.

Examples: offset, flexography

6.) 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
7.) 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
8.) Compare advantages and disadvantages of digital printing to those of offset printing.

9.) Demonstrate the make-ready process for paper, including sheet size, impression, and cylinder.

10.) Demonstrate the make-ready process for inking and dampening systems.

11.) Create a single- and multiple-color print job, including single- and two-sided documents using a metal or polyester plate.

Examples: two-color job with register marks, without register marks, and with color bars; single-color job on two- or three-part carbonless stock and envelopes; two-sided job using work and tumble and work and turn; job on heavy stock; multicolor, two-sided job

12.) Describe techniques used to install and set a blanket for an offset press operation.

13.) 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.

14.) Evaluate heavy solid work, including making needed adjustments to improve quality.

Examples: color match, closing registration, estimating ink quantity and costs