This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce finished signs from print ready digital files, using printers and their associated software. Signs can be printed on to a range of substrates, including paper, vinyl, glass, fabric and aluminium composite, using a range of printing technology and equipment. They may also be laminated for protection.  The unit supports sign manufacturers using industry-recognised software and printing equipment to produce signs that are displayed for commercial, advertising, informative and promotional purposes. Digitally printed signs can be used to produce banners, illuminated signs, billboards, panels and vehicle graphics.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must print three different signs from digital files on each of the following media: aluminium composite; paper; vinyl. At least one sign must be produced using a flatbed printer and one sign using a roll to roll digital printer. Laminate one of the finished signs, selecting laminate for the printed substrate according to type of printed media and job requirements and safely and effectively undertaking laminating processes. In doing the above work, the person must: - handle and use uncompressed file formats correctly in the digital printing process; - apply digital colour management principles when using software and output media; - correctly handle media used in the digital printing process; - select and set up appropriate printers for the task and conduct routine maintenance appropriate to the printer; - identify printing and laminating defects and rectify faults to ensure job requirements are met, and; - operate raster image processor (RIP) software in the printing process. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - characteristics of different types of digital printing output devices, including: flatbed printers; roll to roll printers; ultraviolet (UV) printers; - types and characteristics of various digital printing products; - principles of colour theory and their application in printing digital signs; - range and application of different laminates; - techniques and process for laminating signs; - safety data sheets (SDS) relevant to the use of printing tools and equipment; - procedures for routine maintenance and cleaning of printers; - statutory and regulatory authority requirements, particularly those relating to: removal of waste products; storage of chemicals; - terminology and use of abbreviations in the signs and graphics industry, and; - use and application of uncompressed file formats, including: encapsulated post script (EPS); portable document format (PDF); RAW file, and; tagged image file format (TIFF).

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