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Quality Assurance Technician

Blythewood, South Carolina, 29016, United States
May 14, 2013

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Michael Elkins

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Blythewood, SC 29016


Relevant Positions

Press and Ink Room Area


Pressroom Supervisor

Pressroom Technician

Journeyman Pressman

Hot Melt Wax Coater


Training & Courses

GAA Basic & Advanced

(Western Michigan


X-rite Basic & Advanced

Color Theory

Sun Chemical and

Seigwerks Ink Companies

Microsoft Outlook and

Excel 2010

SGS cylinder engravers

Press & Equipment


Presses: Cerutti,

Schiavi, Harris,

Champlain, Bobst, BHS


Register Systems: Bobst,

Eltromat, Quad Tech, CC1

Vision Systems: Vigitek,

AVT, BST, Eltromat, Isra

Work History

31 years Press-related


Experience Overview

Michael Elkins possesses over 31 years of Press-related experience, to

include Press and Ink Room Area Leader, Pressroom Supervisor, Pressman

Technician, Journeyman Pressman, and Hot Melt Wax Coater Operator.

Specific Experience

Constantia Hueck Foils LLC 2/8/2010 to 4/1/2013

Press and Ink Room Area Leader - Blythewood, SC

. Managed press and ink room departments to maintain high quality,

efficient, and clean operations.

. Maintained high 5s standards in order to meet GMP, SQF, and ISO


. Directed and scheduled 22 employees for both departments to maintain a

24/7 operation.

. Set employees pay scales and approved monthly bonus payouts.

. Wrote and updated SOPs and implement approved CIPs.

. Approved press approvals for graphics, print quality, and color.

. Established and maintained processes for new product lines.

. Ordered and maintained supplies for both departments, working with

venders on costing and quality issues.

. Troubleshot printing and mechanical issues and trained employees to

troubleshoot, with little or no assistance from supervision.

. Worked with SAP, as well as PDC, to track performance of crews as well

as waste.

. Designed and implemented a simplified Excel Spreadsheet to track product

families in order to confirm monthly goal achievement.

. Traveled both domestically and internationally for seminars and


Mundet Tennessee Inc. / 7/25/1981 to 2/8/2010

International Playing Card and Label Co.

Pressroom Supervisor (2008 to 2010)

. Planned and directed pressroom activities and established priorities for

printing, in keeping with effective operations and cost factors.

. Achieved production objectives through effective and efficient

utilization of resources and materials assigned to the pressroom.

. Monitored daily metrics from waste reporting system and operating


. Evaluated performance of each shift and press.

. Developed and implemented creative methods of improving press


. Participated in daily production meetings and scheduled pricing


. Communicated scheduling conflicts or production delays to appropriate


. Communicated company policies to all pressroom personnel.

. Directed and initiated training programs to ensure staff development and

availability of qualified backups for key pressroom positions.

. Conducted regular audits of pressroom housekeeping and initiated

corrective actions, as needed.

. Reviewed all pressroom accident reports and took necessary actions to

eliminate similar accidents.

. Coordinated preventative and scheduled maintenance procedures with

maintenance and production managers.

. Coordinated with all production departments, sales, quality assurance,

and, when appropriate, customers to assure satisfaction with printed

material and performed color approvals at the press to ensure a good

match between printed material, as well as books/proofs.

. Attended GAA Conferences requiring interaction with various customers

and venders.

Pressroom Technician (2006 to 2008)

. Improved daily communication between press crews, supervisors, and

maintenance to reduce machine down time and set-up time through improved

standardized work practices and color matching procedures.

. Troubleshot printing processes based on production and work to reduce

print defects.

. Worked closely with Manufacturing and Technical Services Manager in

developing new products for existing and new customers,

. Provided technical resources for problem solving at customers


. Assisted in R&D and trial runs.

. Performed with excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills

and the ability to work professionally with customers and venders in

everyday and high-pressure situations.

. Analyzed and troubleshot printing problems with proven aptitude.

. Provided efficient performance in PC-based software applications such as

databases, spreadsheets, and word processing (Access, Excel, and Word).

. Assisted continuous improvement teams, press crews, and support crews in

achieving reduction of make ready, increasing net average run speeds,

reducing total waste, and communicating daily metrics.

. Involved heavily in the printing process of LIP paper, most notably the

R&D of water-based LIP paper using different methods to achieve desired


Hot Melt Wax Coater Operator (1996 to 1998)

. Responsible for operation of the Hot Melt Coater/Laminator, ordering of

supplies, training of press operators for Deco Image (heat transfer)

Specialty Printing, assisting in the artwork and lay-out of new and

existing jobs, making jobs more printer-friendly in the effort to reduce

waste and make-ready time, and assisting with the formulations of inks

and lacquers, as well as determining which types to use to best meet

customer specifications.

Journeyman Pressman (1992 to 2006)

. Responsible for Operation of 4 to 10 color rotogravure printing presses

with web widths from 13 to 52 inches; the make-ready of the presses;

achieving and maintaining color, printability and registration to meet

customer specifications; and training and evaluation of new press


. Served as Lead pressman for start-up of newly installed press and was

responsible for ordering of equipment and supplies for pressroom and


. Performed duties to include Research and Development for new processes

using different types of substrates, inks, and different types of

cylinder engravings.

Bindery Operator (1981 to 1992)

. Performed various and diversified bindery duties.

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