Maintain screen printing machines

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


This standard is for screen printers whose responsibility includes maintaining multiple-station machines in useable condition. It includes all routine tasks such as squeegee fitting and setting, routine cleaning, replacement of common worn parts and record keeping.

This standard may only be assessed in the workplace and simulation is not permitted.

Consistent quality work and productivity on a screen-printing machine can only be achieved if it is properly maintained and adjustments made where necessary. Most adjustments and settings are regarded as the responsibility of the printer, including stencil fitting, squeegee fitting and setting, and ensuring drying equipment is working properly, for example.

A thorough understanding of the machine functions and operation, operator adjustment and settings is required.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Keep multiple-station screen printing machinery in a clean and safe operating condition

  1. clean machinery following manufacturer's instructions and 'safe system of work' or 'code of practice'.
  2. check it is safe to start cleaning activities, including checking that others are not working elsewhere on machines
  3. supervise cleaning work of any machine assistants under your direction following standard operating procedures
  4. run machinery to clean it, check guards are in place and functioning before starting work
  5. isolate machinery before cleaning following standard operating procedures
  6. use cleaning equipment and materials suitable for machines
  7. remove any build-up of materials and dust in or around machines following standard operating procedures
  8. clean filters, feeders, conveyors, belts, squeegees, and ink delivery systems following standard operating procedures
  9. use personal protective equipment following standard operating procedures
  10. dispose of used cleaning agents and waste materials following current environmental regulations
  11. check machinery is safe to operate, and all guards are fitted when you have finished cleaning.**

Implement a programme of lubrication and maintenance for multiple-station screen printing machines

12. obtain schedules of maintenance for machinery following standard operating procedures
13. identify lubrication points on machinery and manufacturer's recommended types of lubricant and lubrication intervals
14. check maintenance plans are implemented and kept up to date following standard operating procedures
15. replenish and use lubrication equipment following standard operating procedures
16. identify filters on machinery and associated equipment following standard operating procedures
17. check filters are cleaned and/or replaced following standard operating procedures
18. examine machinery for defective components or excessive wear at regular intervals
19. remove and replace defective or worn components following standard operating procedures
20. keep records of faults that occur or are developing and check that action is taken to deal with them
21. check squeegees are in serviceable condition and set to the manufacturer's specification
22. maintain a list of parts or consumables likely to require periodic replacement and identify those parts required at short notice
23. check parts or consumables identified as being required to be kept 'in stock' are available in the required quantities.

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Health and safety

  1. your legal duties for health and safety in the workplace as defined by the relevant health and safety legislation
  2. your duties and responsibilities for health and safety as defined by any specific legislation covering your job role
  3. workplace health and safety procedures
  4. hazards and risks in the workplace, their assessment and the action to take to deal with them
  5. hazards and risks in your own job, their assessment and the action to take to deal with them - including relevant regulations on the safe handling of equipment and materials.
  6. manufacturer's health and safety requirements relevant to your job
  7. personal protective equipment used in your job
  8. how to stop a machine in the event of an emergency

9. with colleagues, customers and suppliers

Workplace policy and practice

10. workplace objectives, priorities, standards and procedures
11. the working practices existing in the workplace

The operation of equipment

12. the range of adjustments and settings on screen printing machines
13. the operating practices and procedures for screen printing machine


14. the principles of screen printing

The causes and treatment of common faults

15. processing (printing) faults
16. machine faults

Administrative procedures

17. recording and reporting


18. the legal requirements for the classification, storage, carriage and disposal of waste
19. any specific environmental legislation that covers processes in your company

Quality assurance and control

20. equipment for controlling quality in machine printing

Problem solving

21. types of problems that may need to be solved
22. sources of information
23. techniques for solving complex problems
24. techniques for assessing machine faults

Cleaning, lubrication and maintenance

25. the principal activities involved with machine cleaning, lubrication and maintenance
26. roles and responsibilities for cleaning, lubrication and maintenance
27. machine faults and how they can be rectified
28. the maintenance plans for machines which you operate
29. which components wear or become degraded over time
30. what is meant by the phrase 'safe system of work' and how it applies to cleaning, lubrication and maintenance activities
31. the choice and use of suitable cleaning agents and lubricants
32. what parts of the machine you are allowed to clean, lubricate and maintain


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

28 Feb 2025





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Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Printers, Printing Machine Minders and Assistants, Printing Trades

SOC Code



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