Prepare and monitor the performance of ancillary printing machine equipment

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


This standard is for people who prepare and monitor the performance of printing machine equipment. Ancillary printing machine equipment is any piece of equipment which is associated with (and usually connected to) a printing machine but does not form part of the main printing machine itself.

Items of ancillary equipment include: water preparation or treatment equipment (e.g. reverse osmosis); re-circulating fount solution systems; ink roller temperature control equipment; pumped or cartridge ink supply systems; corona treating equipment; video inspection equipment; web guides; colour control equipment; digital imaging equipment; waste extraction equipment.

Ancillary equipment associated with printing machinery usually falls into one of the following categories: (i) equipment that aids quality (ii) equipment that adds automation or aids productivity.

Most modern printing machines now include various additional pieces of plant or equipment that are not necessarily essential to the operation of the press (although some, such as fount re-circulating systems, may be) but which make a significant contribution to the output of the machine. Some ancillary equipment may need to be set up for each job, and/or may need to be monitored throughout production.

This standard requires the machine printer or assistant to be able to prepare for use and monitor the performance of all ancillary equipment associated with the printing machine on which they work. (Note: ink drying equipment converting equipment and any form of numbering or coating equipment is not 'ancillary equipment for the meaning of this standard – please refer to other relevant standard for such equipment).

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Prepare ancillary printing machine equipment for use

  1. check ancillary equipment has an adequate supply of water and/or air connected to it following standard operating procedures
  2. check materials are available to meet specifications
  3. check draining points used to drain the equipment of excess fluid following standard operating procedures
  4. check waste has been removed from equipment following standard operating procedures
  5. replace any consumable items on the ancillary equipment that it is your job to replace, such as filters, bulbs following standard operating procedures
  6. check and top up the level of any lubricants on the ancillary equipment following standard operating procedures
  7. check ancillary equipment is clean and fit for use following standard operating procedures
  8. report if the material provided is not correct or sufficient or if the equipment cannot be operated for some other reason
  9. check equipment is safe to run following standard operating procedures
  10. switch on ancillary equipment and check that it is operating to company standards
  11. check equipment reaches operating temperature and that any essential operating conditions are met
  12. make any adjustments necessary to check that the correct operation of the equipment
  13. keep records of the performance or maintenance of equipment**

Monitor the performance of ancillary printing machine equipment

14. monitor the performance of the ancillary equipment during the running of the printing machines following standard operating procedures
15. confirm there is an adequate supply of materials to and from the equipment whilst in use
16. make any required adjustments to the ancillary equipment during production

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Health and Safety

  1. your duties and responsibilities for health and safety as defined by any specific legislation covering your job role
  2. manufacturer's health and safety requirements relevant to your job
  3. how to stop a machine in the event of an emergency**


4. how to communicate with colleagues

Workplace policy and practice

5. workplace objectives, priorities, standards and procedures *

The operation of equipment

6. the principles of operating the ancillary equipment
7. the risks associated with setting up ancillary equipment and how to avoid them
8. the location of switches, isolators and machine controls
9. what the common faults are with the ancillary equipment, what causes them and how to prevent them *

The causes and treatment of common faults

10. machine faults

Administrative procedures

11. recording and reporting


12. any specific environmental legislation that covers processes in your company
13. control of pollution

Quality Assurance and Control

14. techniques for controlling quality

Problem Solving

15. sources of information
16. techniques for assessing machine faults

Cleaning, Lubrication and Maintenance

17. the principal activities involved with machine cleaning, lubrication and maintenance
18. roles and responsibilities for cleaning, lubrication and maintenance
19. machine faults and how they can be rectified
20. the maintenance plans for ancillary equipment which you operate
21. which components wear or become degraded over time
22. the choice and use of suitable cleaning agents and lubricants
23. what parts of the machine you are allowed to clean, lubricate and maintain


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





Links To Other NOS

External Links

Version Number


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;