Control in-line folding equipment

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


This standard is for people who control and have overall responsibility for in-line folding equipment on a printing machine.

This kind of in-line equipment is often found on web-fed presses and is sometimes associated with a sheeter, rotary cutter, gluer and perforating or edge trimming. Where any of this equipment is used in combination with folding, it is to be taken as forming part of the in-line folding equipment for the purpose of this standard.

In-line folding is typically found in the book, magazine and direct mail areas of the printing industry. The use of such equipment on a printing machine permits the creation of either a folded 'section' for stitching or binding, or a finished item, such as a mailing piece or a leaflet.

Controlling in-line folding equipment needs to be done methodically in order to achieve the correct output and to avoid delay to production and waste.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

‚ÄčControl in-line folding equipment

  1. monitor make ready progress, making sure that tasks are completed and are undertaken using safe systems of work
  2. assist members of the team and confirm problems are resolved
  3. adjust equipment to meet specifications and quality standards
  4. monitor in-line folding equipment ensuring all elements are functioning
    Maintain the quality of output from in-line folding equipment

5. manage the team in a way that ensures good quality and productivity
6. check output meets specifications
7. identify and correct problems which affect the quality
8. monitor the safe operation of in-line folding equipment following standard operating procedures
9. identify and correct in-line folding equipment faults which it is your job to rectify
10. remove waste following standard operating procedures
11. 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 your own job/workplace, 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
  8. how to stop machinery in the event of an emergency

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

Workplace policy and practice

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

Time and resources

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

**The operation of equipment

20. the principles of in-line converting and enhancing equipment
21. the common types of cutting, folding and enhancing processes
22. the risks associated with in-line converting equipment and the material used in the converting process, and how to avoid them
23. your company's safety procedures for operating in-line converting equipment
24. the common in-line converting faults, 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. briefing techniques
30. business improvement techniques


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

Quality assurance and control

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

Problem solving

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


42. the types and characteristics of paper, board and other commonly used substrates
43. the types and characteristics of inks and coatings
44. 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





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Printing Machine Minders and Assistants, Printing Trades

SOC Code



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