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Trade & Industrial Education
TI01704
Offset Presswork
131.00
Upon completion of this course, students should have a working knowledge of the basic theory of offset printing and be able to identify the basic systems and various components of a typical sheet fed offset press. They should be able to select ink and mix PMS ink colors for an offset sheet fed press. Students should be able to determine the correct plate exposure, make required plates for two-color jobs, and prepare digital plates. They should be able to set up sheet and image control systems of an offset press and print a number of printing assignments. Students should be able to troubleshoot basic press problems and conduct required daily, weekly, and monthly preventative maintenance on a sheet-fed offset press. Safety will be emphasized throughout the course.
Cheryl Cooksey 580-242-2750 ext. 152
Approval of instructor is required to enroll in this course.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Office Press Systems
• Test the basic theory of offset printing.
Offset Inks and Dampening Chemistry
• Conduct an ink cabinet inventory.
• Conduct an inventory of offset press dampening chemistry.
• Mix dampening solution and test for pH and conductivity.
• Mix PMS colors, conduct and evaluate an ink draw-down or smear.
• Mix two colors of ink to produce a third color.
Platemaking Procedures
• Expose and develop a subtractive plate.
• Determine plate exposure using a step-off test.
• Expose a plate when using a screen tint.
• Make plates for a two-color job.
• Make additions, deletions, and repairs to an offset plate.
• Prepare a digital plate.
Offset Press Operating Procedures
• Compare control features of offset and digital presses.
• Set up the sheet control systems.
• Set up the image control systems.
• Operate an offset press from setup of systems through printed sheet delivery.
• Rule up a sheet.
• Perform a color wash on an offset press.
• Print envelopes.
• Change press from envelopes to letterhead.
• Print a two-color, two-sided job.
• Print a two-color hairline registration job using an additional color head.
• Print a work-and-turn.
• Print a work-and-tumble.
• Print halftones and screen tints.
• Print solids.
• Print a job using photodirect, electrostatic, and/or computer-to-plate masters on carbonless paper.
• Print a four-color process job.
• Perform perforation and scoring.
• Print a two-color job using tight registration.
• Print a two-color job using tight registration, 4-up.
Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to an ink and dampening problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a paper stock problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a registration problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a process problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a mechanical problem.
• Determine lubrication requirements for a specific press.
• Set up a preventive maintenance schedule in chart form.
• Take an inventory of spare parts.
• Adjust dampener rollers to plate cylinder.
• Adjust ink form rollers to plate.
• Adjust plate cylinder to blanket cylinder.
• Adjust blanket cylinder to impression cylinder.
• Degrease plate and impression cylinders.
• Deglaze ink rollers and blanket.
• Change blanket.
• Backflush vacuum pump.
Job Ticket and Cost Awareness
• Estimate costs of printing jobs.
• Estimate costs of printing jobs using Franklin Offset Catalog or Software.
Calculating and Cutting Paper
• Use the formulas for cutting paper stock.
• Use the formula to determine how many sheets will be required.
• Calculate a combination cut using stock cutting formula.
• Draw a cutting diagram.
• Set up a programmable paper cutter and cut paper.
• Change a blade on an automatic paper cutter.
• Cut carbonless paper.
Binding and Finishing
• Use folding equipment to produce a gate fold.
• Use folding equipment to produce a French fold (double fold).
• Use folding equipment to produce slitted, perforated, and scored sheets.
• Jog paper, check for squareness, and demonstrate brick stacking.
• Prepare a folding dummy for a 16-page imposition.
• Set up and operate a paper folder consistent with job specifications.
• Use folding equipment to produce high-folio lip signatures.
• Bind a book with plastic coil binding.
• Bind a book with thermal tape binding.
• Bind a book with plastic comb binding.
Troubleshooting and Maintenance for Binding and Finishing
• Calculate savings by bindery operators.
• Set up a preventive maintenance schedule for a folding machine.
• Locate and correct a feeding problem on a paper folder.
• Perform preventive maintenance on a folding machine.

CONTENT:
Press Operations, Binding and Finishing (MAVCC)
Offset Press Systems
• Terms and definitions
• Basic theory of offset printing.
• Basic systems of a typical sheet fed offset press.
• Functions of the basic systems of a typical sheet fed offset press
• Basic systems of a typical web offset press.
• Advantages and disadvantages of a web offset press.
• Components of the feeder system.
• Components of the feeder system and their functions.
• Types of feeder systems with their operations.
• Components of the register system.
• Components of the register system and their functions.
• Two types of register systems.
• Components of the cylinder system.
• Components of the cylinder system and their functions.
• Types of offset blankets and their descriptions.
• Offset press cylinder arrangements.
• Perfecting press.
• Components of a conventional inking system.
• Components of a conventional dampening system.
• Components of the inking/dampening system and their functions.
• Two types of dampening systems.
• Components of the delivery system.
• Components of the delivery system and their functions.
• Types of delivery systems and their descriptions.
Offset Inks and Dampening Chemistry
• Terms and definitions
• Main ingredients of offset inks.
• Three ink manufacturing procedures which benefit the user.
• Types of ink with their descriptions.
• Three conditions influencing the printing performance of offset inks.
• Three ink properties which affect the printing quality of offset inks.
• Rules for ink care, storage, and disposal.
• Purpose of offset dampening solutions.
• Dampening solution ingredients and their functions.
• Two methods of measuring pH.
• pH range for a fountain solution.
• Effects of using alcohol or alcohol substitutes in a fountain solution.
• Importance of measuring conductivity of a dampening solution.
• Importance of ink-water balance.
• Characteristics of waterless printing.
Platemaking Procedures
• Terms and definitions
• Types of plate ends.
• Types of offset plates and their characteristics.
• Plate exposing devices.
• Types of presensitized plates with their characteristics.
• Steps to expose and process plates.
• Automatic plate processors.
• Items to consider when selecting a plate material.
• Gumming of plates.
• Handling and storing plates.
• Do’s and don’ts for properly handling plates and chemicals.
• Pin registration systems.
Offset Press Operating Procedures
• Terms and definitions.
• Essential safety precautions.
• Two reasons why efficient press operation is important.
• Offset press operator control functions.
• Typical operator control features with the press systems in which they are located.
• Steps in the sequence of paper movement through a typical offset press.
• Ink key presetting technology.
Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting
• Terms and definitions.
• Advantages of a routine, thorough preventive maintenance program.
• Three areas of work in a preventive maintenance program.
• Preventive maintenance schedules and their descriptions.
• Requirements for a preventive maintenance schedule in chart form.
• Preventive maintenance procedures for daily cleanup.
• Preventive maintenance procedures for weekly cleanup.
• Preventive maintenance procedures for monthly cleanup.
• Procedures for daily, weekly, and monthly lubrication.
• Daily and weekly adjustment procedures.
• Monthly adjustment requirements.
• Steps in making an ink form roller check.
• Ink stripe configurations.
• Sequence of troubleshooting techniques.
• Categories of press troubles.
• Types of emulsification.
• Technique for avoiding emulsification.
• Conditions that create ink drying problems.
• Common ink problems on the press with their descriptions.
• Process color ink analysis.
• Printing industry standards.
• Guidelines for evaluating good print quality.
• Print quality problems and their causes.

Job Ticket and Cost Awareness
• Terms and definitions.
• Fixed and variable costs of a printing job.
• Cost items to consider when giving an estimate on a printing job.
• Franklin Offset Catalog/Software to estimate a printing job.
• Cost awareness factors for a successful printing business.
• Proper practices for waste management in the printing shop.
• Definition of a job ticket.
• Components of a job ticket.
• Printing trade customs.
Calculating and Cutting Paper
• Terms and definitions.
• Safety rules for operating a paper cutter.
• Purpose of jogging paper before cutting.
• Two types of paper cutters.
• Two techniques for cutting carbonless paper.
• Formula for cutting paper stock.
• Formula for determining the number of sheets to be cut for a printing job.
• Formulas for making a combination cut.
Binding and Finishing
• Terms and definitions.
• Paper-folding styles.
• Embossing and foil stamping descriptions.
• Common problems encountered in foil stamping and embossing.
• Advantages and disadvantages of laminating and coating techniques.
• Binding materials.
• Tipping.
• Folding techniques.
• Inline-finishing operations.
• Ancillary finishing operations and their descriptions.
• Packing and shrink-wrapping equipment and materials.
• Bindery waste disposal.
• Mail class guidelines.
• Mail class rates.
Troubleshooting and Maintenance for Binding and Finishing
• Importance of troubleshooting in binding and finishing.
• Steps in bindery preflighting.
• Quality control in bindery operations.
• Steps in the problem-solving process.
• How the characteristics of paper affect binding and finishing operations.
• Troubleshooting and maintenance criteria for bindery equipment.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Office Press Systems
• Test the basic theory of offset printing.
Offset Inks and Dampening Chemistry
• Conduct an ink cabinet inventory.
• Conduct an inventory of offset press dampening chemistry.
• Mix dampening solution and test for pH and conductivity.
• Mix PMS colors, conduct and evaluate an ink draw-down or smear.
• Mix two colors of ink to produce a third color.
Platemaking Procedures
• Expose and develop a subtractive plate.
• Determine plate exposure using a step-off test.
• Expose a plate when using a screen tint.
• Make plates for a two-color job.
• Make additions, deletions, and repairs to an offset plate.
• Prepare a digital plate.
Offset Press Operating Procedures
• Compare control features of offset and digital presses.
• Set up the sheet control systems.
• Set up the image control systems.
• Operate an offset press from setup of systems through printed sheet delivery.
• Rule up a sheet.
• Perform a color wash on an offset press.
• Print envelopes.
• Change press from envelopes to letterhead.
• Print a two-color, two-sided job.
• Print a two-color hairline registration job using an additional color head.
• Print a work-and-turn.
• Print a work-and-tumble.
• Print halftones and screen tints.
• Print solids.
• Print a job using photodirect, electrostatic, and/or computer-to-plate masters on carbonless paper.
• Print a four-color process job.
• Perform perforation and scoring.
• Print a two-color job using tight registration.
• Print a two-color job using tight registration, 4-up.
Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to an ink and dampening problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a paper stock problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a registration problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a process problem.
• Use a troubleshooting guide to find the best solution to a mechanical problem.
• Determine lubrication requirements for a specific press.
• Set up a preventive maintenance schedule in chart form.
• Take an inventory of spare parts.
• Adjust dampener rollers to plate cylinder.
• Adjust ink form rollers to plate.
• Adjust plate cylinder to blanket cylinder.
• Adjust blanket cylinder to impression cylinder.
• Degrease plate and impression cylinders.
• Deglaze ink rollers and blanket.
• Change blanket.
• Backflush vacuum pump.
Job Ticket and Cost Awareness
• Estimate costs of printing jobs.
• Estimate costs of printing jobs using Franklin Offset Catalog or Software.
Calculating and Cutting Paper
• Use the formulas for cutting paper stock.
• Use the formula to determine how many sheets will be required.
• Calculate a combination cut using stock cutting formula.
• Draw a cutting diagram.
• Set up a programmable paper cutter and cut paper.
• Change a blade on an automatic paper cutter.
• Cut carbonless paper.
Binding and Finishing
• Use folding equipment to produce a gate fold.
• Use folding equipment to produce a French fold (double fold).
• Use folding equipment to produce slitted, perforated, and scored sheets.
• Jog paper, check for squareness, and demonstrate brick stacking.
• Prepare a folding dummy for a 16-page imposition.
• Set up and operate a paper folder consistent with job specifications.
• Use folding equipment to produce high-folio lip signatures.
• Bind a book with plastic coil binding.
• Bind a book with thermal tape binding.
• Bind a book with plastic comb binding.
Troubleshooting and Maintenance for Binding and Finishing
• Calculate savings by bindery operators.
• Set up a preventive maintenance schedule for a folding machine.
• Locate and correct a feeding problem on a paper folder.
• Perform preventive maintenance on a folding machine.

CONTENT:
Press Operations, Binding and Finishing (MAVCC)
Offset Press Systems
• Terms and definitions
• Basic theory of offset printing.
• Basic systems of a typical sheet fed offset press.
• Functions of the basic systems of a typical sheet fed offset press
• Basic systems of a typical web offset press.
• Advantages and disadvantages of a web offset press.
• Components of the feeder system.
• Components of the feeder system and their functions.
• Types of feeder systems with their operations.
• Components of the register system.
• Components of the register system and their functions.
• Two types of register systems.
• Components of the cylinder system.
• Components of the cylinder system and their functions.
• Types of offset blankets and their descriptions.
• Offset press cylinder arrangements.
• Perfecting press.
• Components of a conventional inking system.
• Components of a conventional dampening system.
• Components of the inking/dampening system and their functions.
• Two types of dampening systems.
• Components of the delivery system.
• Components of the delivery system and their functions.
• Types of delivery systems and their descriptions.
Offset Inks and Dampening Chemistry
• Terms and definitions
• Main ingredients of offset inks.
• Three ink manufacturing procedures which benefit the user.
• Types of ink with their descriptions.
• Three conditions influencing the printing performance of offset inks.
• Three ink properties which affect the printing quality of offset inks.
• Rules for ink care, storage, and disposal.
• Purpose of offset dampening solutions.
• Dampening solution ingredients and their functions.
• Two methods of measuring pH.
• pH range for a fountain solution.
• Effects of using alcohol or alcohol substitutes in a fountain solution.
• Importance of measuring conductivity of a dampening solution.
• Importance of ink-water balance.
• Characteristics of waterless printing.
Platemaking Procedures
• Terms and definitions
• Types of plate ends.
• Types of offset plates and their characteristics.
• Plate exposing devices.
• Types of presensitized plates with their characteristics.
• Steps to expose and process plates.
• Automatic plate processors.
• Items to consider when selecting a plate material.
• Gumming of plates.
• Handling and storing plates.
• Do’s and don’ts for properly handling plates and chemicals.
• Pin registration systems.
Offset Press Operating Procedures
• Terms and definitions.
• Essential safety precautions.
• Two reasons why efficient press operation is important.
• Offset press operator control functions.
• Typical operator control features with the press systems in which they are located.
• Steps in the sequence of paper movement through a typical offset press.
• Ink key presetting technology.
Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting
• Terms and definitions.
• Advantages of a routine, thorough preventive maintenance program.
• Three areas of work in a preventive maintenance program.
• Preventive maintenance schedules and their descriptions.
• Requirements for a preventive maintenance schedule in chart form.
• Preventive maintenance procedures for daily cleanup.
• Preventive maintenance procedures for weekly cleanup.
• Preventive maintenance procedures for monthly cleanup.
• Procedures for daily, weekly, and monthly lubrication.
• Daily and weekly adjustment procedures.
• Monthly adjustment requirements.
• Steps in making an ink form roller check.
• Ink stripe configurations.
• Sequence of troubleshooting techniques.
• Categories of press troubles.
• Types of emulsification.
• Technique for avoiding emulsification.
• Conditions that create ink drying problems.
• Common ink problems on the press with their descriptions.
• Process color ink analysis.
• Printing industry standards.
• Guidelines for evaluating good print quality.
• Print quality problems and their causes.

Job Ticket and Cost Awareness
• Terms and definitions.
• Fixed and variable costs of a printing job.
• Cost items to consider when giving an estimate on a printing job.
• Franklin Offset Catalog/Software to estimate a printing job.
• Cost awareness factors for a successful printing business.
• Proper practices for waste management in the printing shop.
• Definition of a job ticket.
• Components of a job ticket.
• Printing trade customs.
Calculating and Cutting Paper
• Terms and definitions.
• Safety rules for operating a paper cutter.
• Purpose of jogging paper before cutting.
• Two types of paper cutters.
• Two techniques for cutting carbonless paper.
• Formula for cutting paper stock.
• Formula for determining the number of sheets to be cut for a printing job.
• Formulas for making a combination cut.
Binding and Finishing
• Terms and definitions.
• Paper-folding styles.
• Embossing and foil stamping descriptions.
• Common problems encountered in foil stamping and embossing.
• Advantages and disadvantages of laminating and coating techniques.
• Binding materials.
• Tipping.
• Folding techniques.
• Inline-finishing operations.
• Ancillary finishing operations and their descriptions.
• Packing and shrink-wrapping equipment and materials.
• Bindery waste disposal.
• Mail class guidelines.
• Mail class rates.
Troubleshooting and Maintenance for Binding and Finishing
• Importance of troubleshooting in binding and finishing.
• Steps in bindery preflighting.
• Quality control in bindery operations.
• Steps in the problem-solving process.
• How the characteristics of paper affect binding and finishing operations.
• Troubleshooting and maintenance criteria for bindery equipment.
All courses will be crosswalked with:
• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Graphic Communications Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Graphic Communications: Digital Prepress Technician (OD44101)
Graphic Communications: Offset Press Operator (OD44103)
Graphic Communications: Bindery Operator (OD44104)

• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Advertising Design Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Advertising Design: Copy Center Technician (OD44111)
Advertising Design: Graphic Designer (OD44112)
Advertising Design: Illustrator (OD44113)
Advertising Design: Production Artist (OD44114)

• PrintED competencies
(NOTE: PrintED is a national accreditation and certification program for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels.)

PrintED competencies vs. objectives taught by MAVCC Publications:
Orientation to Graphic Communications
Press Operations, Binding and Finishing
Digital File Preparation and Output
Advertising and Design
All courses will be crosswalked with:
• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Graphic Communications Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Graphic Communications: Digital Prepress Technician (OD44101)
Graphic Communications: Offset Press Operator (OD44103)
Graphic Communications: Bindery Operator (OD44104)

• Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Advertising Design Skills Standards, Stillwater, OK, 2006
Advertising Design: Copy Center Technician (OD44111)
Advertising Design: Graphic Designer (OD44112)
Advertising Design: Illustrator (OD44113)
Advertising Design: Production Artist (OD44114)

• PrintED competencies
(NOTE: PrintED is a national accreditation and certification program for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels.)

PrintED competencies vs. objectives taught by MAVCC Publications:
Orientation to Graphic Communications
Press Operations, Binding and Finishing
Digital File Preparation and Output
Advertising and Design
No
No
Yes
No