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Knife Machine Operator

Tend machines that apply and smooth stiffening compounds onto cloth.

What does a Knife Machine Operator do?

Tends machine that applies and smooths stiffening compounds, such as starch, onto cloth: Lifts roll of cloth onto machine brackets. Threads cloth end through machine rollers and dryer and ties leader strap to takeup reel. Lowers doctor and turns setscrews to adjust tension on cloth and set guide devices. Pours compound on cloth directly in front of knife assembly and spreads compound evenly with paddle. Starts and observes operation of machine, and adds compound as needed. Lifts finished roll from takeup reel after cloth has passed through dryer. May tend machine that automatically applies stiffening compound to cloth before cloth is drawn beneath knife.