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8.4 Cold Press

Considerations

  • Pre-Operation Checklist is a prerequisite for ANY operation.
  • Machine safety orientation, hazard awareness, consequence of misuse and equipment limitations instructed by an experienced operator.
  • Demonstrates correct body posture during machine operation.
  • Safety kick-wire is installed and fully operational.
  • Demonstrates control of stock and safe feed of material in and out of platens.
  • Clears machine and cleans work area after operation.
  • Required OSHA approved personal protective equipment is worn.
  • Lock-out/Tag-out procedure is in place and followed.
  • Process is completed in a timely manner.

Pre-Operation Checklist

Level 1

Performance Standard -
  • Verifies all emergency stops are intact and functioning.
  • Verifies core material thickness.
  • Verifies press faces are clean, flat and free of blemishes.

Level 2

Performance Standard -
  • Selects proper adhesive for given task and material.
  • Inspects and cleans top and bottom platens.
  • Material is prepared and appropriately staged at machine.
  • Meets Level 1 performance standard.

8.4.1 - Press Flat Panels

Level 1

Given machine set up, adjusted, platen release agent applied, with a 1220 x 2440 mm [48”x 96”] substrate and 1220 x 2440 mm [48”x 96”] decorative material prepared, apply the decorative material to the substrate.
Performance Standard -
  • Applies glue line using controlled shop method
  • Loads material into press in timely fashion (within allowed open time of glue)
  • Sets curing times on timers
  • Unloads panel safely out of machine
  • Face is smooth with no evidence of delamination
  • Glued surfaces have minimal glue saturation
  • There is minimal adhesive squeeze-out at edges of substrate

Level 2

Using given specifications and company practice, select a 48" x 96" [1220 x 2440 mm] substrate, set up machine and apply a pre-prepared 48" x 96" [1220 x 2440 mm] decorative material to the substrate.
Performance Standard -
  • Powers up cold press and verifies it is functioning
  • Assesses if release agent applicable; applies as needed
  • Performs closing procedure to achieve correct Bar PSI rating relative to adhesive being utilized
  • Determines clamping time relative to adhesive being utilized
  • Determines that panel meets quality standards
  • Powers down cold press
  • Meets Level 1 performance standard.