Run and monitor folding machinery

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


This standard covers the skills and knowledge required to run and monitor folding machinery.

This involves:

  1. understanding the job requirements
  2. checking that safety devices are working properly
  3. starting up the folding machine
  4. running the folding machinery safely
  5. reporting problems
  6. checking that work meets the required standard
  7. unloading and stacking the finished product

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Run folding machinery under supervision

  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. start-up folding machinery following standard operating procedures
  7. run folding machinery following standard operating procedures
  8. record production details
  9. remove waste following standard operating procedures
  10. stack work following standard operating procedures
    Monitor quality of folding

11. check company's quality standards are met
12. identify faults in products following standard operating procedures
13. report quality defects to your manager following standard operating procedures
14. check machinery is safe to operate, once quality defects are corrected
15. record quality assurance details

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Run folding machinery under supervision

  1. details in specifications
  2. the principles of machine folding
  3. the risks associated with running folding machinery, and how to avoid them
  4. emergency shut-down procedures
  5. types of problems that can occur when running folding machinery
  6. to whom you should report problems
  7. the requirements of other processes which follow folding
  8. production records you are required to keep
  9. the procedures for the removal of waste from machinery
  10. your company's method for stacking of finished work **

Monitor quality of folding

11. your company's quality standards for folding work
12. your company's methods for detecting defects in the product
13. common folding faults
14. other faults that can occur during folding
15. to whom you should report faults
16. quality assurance records you are required to keep
17. how grain direction affects the folding process
18. types of material most at risk of rub marking
19. printed colours most at risk of marking
20. the purpose of pre-creasing


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2020





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Relevant Occupations

Printers, Printing Machine Minders and Assistants, Printing Trades

SOC Code



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