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Press Operators in Chicago Heights, IL at ITW

Date Posted: 1/11/2019

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Job Description

ITW Specialty Films is a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader and is part of the Specialty Products Segment. 

ITW Specialty Films has manufacturing and sales in the North America, Europe and Asia.  The division has amassed vast experience in the development, design, and manufacture of a wide array of unique films, foils, holography, laminates, and transfers.  The division offers customers a comprehensive, broad portfolio of unique solutions for a wide variety of consumer and industrial applications including architectural, card, containers, cosmetics and personal care, medical, pipe and cable, transportation parts and accessories and more.  These solutions are used by customers around the world and can be applied to a wide range of substrates including: glass, label, metal, plastic, rubber and wood. 



Efficiently set-up, operate, troubleshoot, and monitor one of CFC’s seven station printing presses with high quality and low scrap. Perform change-overs, quality control, and continuous monitoring of press and product. Meet safety, quality, quantity, scrap, and delivery requirements.



  • Independently set up, operate and adjust all functions of one press. Meet departmental scrap, uptime, and related goals.

  • Follow all prescribed documentation including Shop Floor log procedures, quality system procedures and troubleshooting procedures.

  • Perform data entry and operate computer console to set up press, inventory, track orders, scrap, etc.

  • Review customer order; verify job data and footage needed per report, clarify discrepancies and ensure required job cylinders and solvents or inks are in inventory. Check press schedules and inventory to ensure deliveries can be met. Discuss necessary adjustments with manager.

  • Review run sheets to ensure proper cylinders are available and set up for job change.

  • Perform change-overs including removal of previous job cylinders from press and store in proper location and drain inks. Check cylinder sizes, load cylinders in press, check ink viscosity, adjust as needed and pour in ink fountain. Load bulk rolls on unwind stand and prepare roll.

  • Removed and install cylinders in press, as needed.  Inspect cylinders being removed for damage.

  • Obtain start-up sheets and perform all tests prescribed by the product specification.

  • Prepare RDS paperwork and documentation when running outside operating conditions.

  • Ensure end-of-roll samples and testing is performed and results properly documented.

  • Interact with Color Match Department in making shader adds.

  • Monitor web and identify product defects. Take preventive and corrective action. Troubleshoot and diagnose complex print problems (such as streaks, ink splash, web alignment, slitting, and registration) and take corrective action to maintain product quality.

  • Meet production and scrap goals, ensuring customer specification match product.

  • Understand quality system procedures and do QC testing as necessary.

  • Work in a safe manner, following all safety procedures. Regularly test for static electricity.

  • Assist with general machine maintenance, replacing doctor blade holders, adjusting tension and web guides and hose replacement. Notify maintenance as necessary for other repairs.

  • Document all troubleshooting procedures for future reference.

Job Requirements


  • Three to five years gravure printing press experience, with the ability to identify and troubleshoot equipment, product and quality issues.

  • High School diploma or GED.

  • Ability to push/pull 90-100 lbs. and lift 50 pounds.

  • Ability to use Forklift, hoists, and other material handling equipment. Required forklift certification.

  • One to two years’ experience using common hand tools to adjust and troubleshoot machines and tape measures. Self-motivated, able to follow directions, and work with minimal supervision. Ability to work flexible shifts.

  • Good verbal communication skills to interact with other departments, write business notes, read product specifications, schedules, etc.

  • Some computer/keyboard experience preferred to include data entry and lookups.

ITW offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including competitively priced medical and dental coverage the first of the month following hire, free life insurance, paid vacation and holidays, and immediate 401k matching. Additional retirement savings contribution (above and beyond 401k) is awarded at no cost after one year.

ITW Specialty Films is an equal opportunity, equal employment, affirmative action employer.  We strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone is welcome to contribute their unique talents and ideas.  We encourage applications from females, males, disabled/protected or other veterans, persons with disabilities, all races and ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities.  Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable persons with disabilities to apply and to perform the essential job functions. If you require assistance with completing an application, please reply that you require assistance.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please email to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged.