What does an Adhesive Bonding Machine Operator and Tender do?

Operate or tend bonding machines that use adhesives to join items for further processing or to form a completed product. Processes include joining veneer sheets into plywood; gluing paper; or joining rubber and rubberized fabric parts, plastic, simulated leather, or other materials.

Jobs Roles

  • Examine and measure completed materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices such as tape measures, gauges, or calipers.
  • Adjust machine components according to specifications such as widths, lengths, and thickness of materials and amounts of glue, cement, or adhesive required.
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions and report or resolve problems.
  • Read work orders and communicate with coworkers to determine machine and equipment settings and adjustments and supply and product specifications.
  • Fill machines with glue, cement, or adhesives.
  • Mount or load material such as paper, plastic, wood, or rubber in feeding mechanisms of cementing or gluing machines.
  • Maintain production records such as quantities, dimensions, and thicknesses of materials processed.
  • Start machines, and turn valves or move controls to feed, admit, apply, or transfer materials and adhesives, and to adjust temperature, pressure, and time settings.
  • Perform test production runs and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that completed products meet standards and specifications.
  • Remove jammed materials from machines and readjust components as necessary to resume normal operations.
  • Align and position materials being joined to ensure accurate application of adhesive or heat sealing.
  • Observe gauges, meters, and control panels to obtain information about equipment temperatures and pressures, or the speed of feeders or conveyors.
  • Remove and stack completed materials or products, and restock materials to be joined.
  • Clean and maintain gluing and cementing machines, using solutions, lubricants, brushes, and scrapers.
  • Transport materials, supplies, and finished products between storage and work areas, using forklifts.
  • Measure and mix ingredients to prepare glue.
  • Depress pedals to lower electrodes that heat and seal edges of material.
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