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Needle Punch Machine Operator

Operate machines to stitch-bond synthetic fibers to scrims.

What does a Needle Punch Machine Operator do?

Operates machine and equipment to stitch-bond synthetic fibers to scrim to produce nonwoven fabric: Turns dials on control panel to regulate conveyor speeds, feed rate of scrim and fiber stock through machine, roll pressure, and steam in rollers. Adjust compression rollers following thickness specifications. Starts machine and observes operation to detect defects, such as broken needles, folds or lines in webbing, and fabric contamination. Moves mechanism on hopper to regulate flow and weight of fiber stock feeding into machine. Replaces broken needles, using handtools.