What do Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders do?
Operate or tend machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.
- Add dyes, water, detergents, or chemicals to tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions, according to established formulas and solution test results.
- Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.
- Adjust equipment controls to maintain specified heat, tension, and speed.
- Observe display screens, control panels, equipment, and cloth entering or exiting processes to determine if equipment is operating correctly.
- Prepare dyeing machines for production runs, and conduct test runs of machines to ensure their proper operation.
- Monitor factors such as temperatures and dye flow rates to ensure that they are within specified ranges.
- Start and control machines and equipment to wash, bleach, dye, or otherwise process and finish fabric, yarn, thread, and/or other textile goods.
- Examine and feel products to identify defects and variations from coloring and other processing standards.
- Record production information such as fabric yardage processed, temperature readings, fabric tensions, and machine speeds.
- Test solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards.
- Remove dyed articles from tanks and machines for drying and further processing.
- Study guides, charts, and specification sheets, and confer with supervisors to determine machine setup requirements.
- Confer with coworkers to get information about order details, processing plans, or problems that occur.
- Inspect machinery to determine necessary adjustments and repairs.
- Weigh ingredients to be mixed together for use in textile processing.
- Sew ends of cloth together, by hand or using machines, to form endless lengths of cloth to facilitate processing.
- Key in processing instructions to program electronic equipment.
- Soak specified textile products for designated times.
- Thread ends of cloth or twine through specified sections of equipment prior to processing.
- Mount rolls of cloth on machines, using hoists, or place textile goods in machines or pieces of equipment.
- Perform machine maintenance, such as cleaning and oiling equipment; and repair or replace worn or defective parts.
- Ravel seams that connect cloth ends when processing is completed.
- Install, level, and align components such as gears, chains, dies, cutters, and needles.
- Creel machines with bobbins or twine.
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