Set up and operate auxiliary equipment

Business Sectors (Suites): Machine Printing
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 29 Feb 2020


This standard is about setting up and operating auxiliary equipment.

This standard involves identifying the output required, setting equipment, checking machinery is in a fit condition and that safety devices are in place. It also involves checking and adjusting settings in accordance with organisational requirements and checking quality and identifying faults.

This standard is for you if you work in print environment and your job requires you to set up and operate auxiliary equipment.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Set up auxiliary equipment * *

  1. comply with health and safety requirements and procedures at all times
  2. obtain specifications and requirements of the items to be produced following standard operating procedures
  3. obtain equipment and materials required to carry out the job following standard operating procedures
  4. check equipment is set up and in good working order following standard operating procedures and any manufacturer's instructions
  5. check all materials required are to specification and free from faults
  6. set up auxiliary equipment to run, so that substrates are forwarded continuously without damage or distortion following standard operating procedures
  7. confirm equipment runs at required running speeds
  8. check auxiliary equipment is synchronised with the operation of printing machines
  9. produce samples and check it matches the required standards
  10. make adjustments when the standards are not met
  11. report to your manager, if the standards cannot be met**

Run and monitor auxiliary equipment

12. run the auxiliary equipment at the required speeds to meet specifications
13. maintain supply of materials throughout runs following standard operating procedures  
14. check quality standards meet specifications
15. identify causes of faults following standard operating procedures
16. rectify mechanical faults which it is your job to remedy following standard operating instructions
17. report faults which are not your job to correct to the appropriate person(s)
18. check machines are safe to operate, after faults are corrected
19. record production and quality assurance details required

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Set up auxiliary equipment

  1. details you need for the job
  2. principles of operating auxiliary equipment
  3. risks associated with setting up auxiliary equipment and how to avoid them
  4. location of switches, isolators and machine controls
  5. common faults with auxiliary equipment, what causes them and how to prevent them
  6. emergency shut down procedures

Run auxiliary equipment

7. your company's quality standards
8. how to recognise when you should correct faults yourself and when you should ask for help
9. to whom you must report faults
10. the procedures for the removal of waste from the equipment
11. production and quality assurance records you are required to keep


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

28 Feb 2025





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Printers, Printing Machine Minders and Assistants, Printing Trades

SOC Code



machines; printing; lithographic; equipment; flexographic; operate; maintain; inks; coatings;