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Set up or operate binding machines that produce books and other printed materials.


  • Read work orders to determine setup specifications and instructions.
  • Examine stitched, collated, bound, and unbound product samples for defects such as imperfect bindings, ink spots, torn or loose pages, and loose and uncut threads.
  • Start machines and make trial runs to verify accuracy of machine setups.
  • Set up, or set up and operate, machines that perform binding operations such as pressing, folding, and trimming on books and related articles.
  • Move controls to adjust and activate bindery machines.
  • Observe and monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions and to determine whether adjustments are needed.
  • Install and adjust bindery machine devices, such as knives, guides, rollers, rounding forms, creasing rams, and clamps, in order to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes, using hand tools.
  • Maintain records of daily production, using specified forms.
  • Fill machine paper feeds.
  • Lubricate and clean machine parts, and make minor repairs in order to keep machines in working condition.
  • Feed books and related articles such as periodicals and pamphlets into binding machines, following specifications.
  • Remove printed material or finished products from machines or conveyors, wrap products in plastic, and stack them on pallets or skids or pack them in boxes.
  • Clean work areas, and maintain equipment and work stations, using hand tools.
  • Stock supplies such as signatures, books, or paper.
  • Punch holes in paper sheets, and fasten sheets, signatures, or other material, using hand or machine punches or staplers.
  • Set machine controls to adjust lengths and thicknesses of folds, stitches, or cuts, to synchronize speed of feeding devices and stitching, and to adjust tension on creasing blades and folding rollers.
  • Record production sheet information such as the amount of time spent on specific tasks.
  • Fill glue reservoirs, turn switches to activate heating elements, and adjust flow of glue and speed of conveyors.
  • Secure reels of stitching wire on spindles, and thread wire through feeding, cutting, stitch forming, and driving mechanisms to load stitcher heads for stapling.
  • Stitch or glue endpapers, bindings, and signatures to attach them.
  • Open machines and remove and replace damaged covers and books, using hand tools.
  • Mount and secure rolls or reels of wire, cloth, paper, or other material onto machine spindles.
  • Crease or compress signatures before affixing covers; then place paper jackets on finished books.
  • Stop machines, cut threads that connect books, and stack separated books.
  • Remove broken wire pieces from machines, and load machines with new spools of wire.
  • Train workers to set up, operate, and use automatic bindery machines.
  • Thread spirals in perforated holes of items to be bound, using spindles or rollers.


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