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4416 — Offset Platemaking*

This standard is used to grade all nonsupervisory work involved in the processing of photographic images onto metal, paper, or plastic plate materials to produce lithographic plates which are used in the offset reproduction of printed matter. Also included is work involved in producing paper or plastic masters using photodirect or electrostatic equipment for the primary purpose of platemaking, as well as other related platemaking processes such as performing color proofing and making peel coats, scribecoats, and hand transfers. This work requires knowledge of the various types of plates, plastic media, processing and developing solutions, platemaking equipment (e.g., vacuum frames, whirling machines, automatic plate processors, photodirect and electrostatic platemaking equipment), and skill in their use to perform platemaking and other related processes necessary in the offset reproduction process.