Control ink drying equipment

Business Sectors (Suites): Machine Printing
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 30 Mar 2020


This standard is for printers with responsibility for ink drying or ink curing equipment used on either sheet fed or web fed printing machinery.

The standard involves controlling common ink drying/curing equipment such as: Ultraviolet (UV), Infra-Red (IR) and hot air.

Correct operation of ink drying equipment is critically important in printing processes that depend on ink 'curing' or assisted/accelerated drying.

Ink drying equipment is also associated with risk of fire, something that is a not an uncommon occurrence in printing machine drying units.

The printer has overall responsibility for the equipment, although, dependent on the machine, tasks are sometimes shared with colleagues.

The printer must understand the setting and operation of all parts of the equipment and be able to direct the crew during the make ready and operation of the equipment. Problems that occur need to be solved either by an individual or by the team under the direction of the printer.

This standard requires you to understand the operation and risks associated with drying equipment on printing machines, and to be able to control and operate the equipment safely and check that the equipment is working effectively.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

‚ÄčControl ink drying 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. monitor make ready progress making sure that tasks are completed and are undertaken using safe systems of work
  7. assist members of the team and confirm problems are resolved
  8. adjust equipment as necessary to meet specifications and quality standards
  9. monitor drying equipment confirming all elements are functioning following standard operating procedures
    Maintain the quality of output from ink drying equipment

10. manage the team in a way that ensures good quality and productivity
11. check output meets specification
12. identify and correct problems which affect quality
13. monitor the safe operation of drying equipment following standard operating procedures
14. identify and correct drying equipment faults which it is your job to rectify
15. remove waste following standard operating procedures
16. record production and quality assurance details

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 policies and procedures
  4. working practices
  5. hazards and risks in the workplace, their assessment and the action to take to deal with them
  6. 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
  7. manufacturer's health and safety requirements relevant to your job
  8. personal protective equipment used
  9. how to stop machinery in the event of an emergency

10. how to communicate with colleagues
11. how to communicate with customers
12. how to communicate with suppliers

Workplace policy and practice

13. workplace objectives, priorities, standards and procedures
14. range of work carried out in the workplace
15. the working practices existing in the workplace
16. the key job roles within the printing and graphic communications industry and their main purposes

Time and resources

17. the different types of resource, including labour, materials, machinery
18. the relationship between resource usage and profitability
19. how to maximise productivity
20. the relationship between productivity and competitiveness

The operation of equipment

21. the principles of ink curing and drying
22. the risks associated with ink drying units and how to avoid them
23. your company's safety procedures for operating ink drying equipment
24. common faults which can occur when operating ink drying equipment, what causes them and how to correct them

The causes and treatment of common faults

25. raw material faults
26. processing faults
27. machine faults

Administrative procedures

28. recording and reporting
29. product labelling


30. briefing techniques
31. business improvement techniques


32. the legal requirements for the classification, storage, carriage and disposal of waste
33. environmental legislation that covers processes in your company
34. role of statutory authorities/agencies
35. control of pollution

Quality assurance and control

36. main features of quality assurance and quality control systems
37. techniques for controlling quality, including inspection, testing, sampling, use of input and output controls
38. equipment for controlling quality

Problem solving

39. types of problems that may need to be solved
40. sources of information
41. techniques for solving complex problems
42. techniques for assessing machine faults


43. the types and characteristics of paper, board and other commonly used substrates
44. the types and characteristics of inks and coatings
45. how to maintain the quality of materials during storage and handling


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2025





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Relevant Occupations

Printing Machine Minders and Assistants, Printing Trades

SOC Code



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