Duplicating Machine Operator (Printing & Publishing)

The tasks a Braille-Duplicating-Machine Operator (Printing & Publishing) is expected to perform include:

Tending equipment to reproduce braille-embossed pages, using one of following methods:

(1) Placing master page on the screen bed and roll of treated paper on stand

Threading paper through equipment and locking paper in clamping frame and pulling the heat unit over clamping frame

Depressing pedal or handle to lower clamping frame onto screen bed and creating vacuum that forms braille impressions

Pushing heat unit from the bed and releasing pedal or handle to raise clamping frame, releasing catch on frame to draw reproduced copy through equipment

Repeating process to make required number of copies and cutting copies apart, using scissors and writing identifying information, such as page number or title, on each copy

(2) Positioning master page on screen bed and placing sheet of heat-sensitive plastic paper over page and lowering clamping frame to lock page into position on bed

Pulling heat unit over clamping frame to activate vacuum pump trip-lever

Holding heat unit over frame to form braille impressions and pushing heat unit from bed to release vacuum

Raising frame to release individual copy and repeat the process to make required number of copies

Knowledge of operating screen bed

Well-versed with using clamping frame

Well-versed with knowledge of vacuum pump

Will be updated

Diligent and hardworking


Follow instructions

Accuracy in work

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from institution to institution

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, noise, laser light, etc.

Occupational hazards include musculoskeletal disorders, repetitious motion of arms, skin allergy, burns, etc.

For fresher - INR 6,000 to INR 7,000 per month

For candidates with 2 yearsof experience and above - INR 7,000 to INR 9,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current and Future Market Trend of Printing Sector in India

The Indian Printing Industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. The current annual turnover of the industry is more than 50,000 crores (USD 11 Billion).

The industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15 years. In 1990, India initiated a process of reforms aimed at shedding protectionism and embracing liberalization of the economy. Privatization was initiated with the aim of integrating the Indian economy with the world economy. This change opened the doors for the Indian Print Industry to modernize, by investing in the latest of technology and machinery.

In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities.

The printing industry in India is slowly progressing from the heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. The Indian printers are today equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. UV digital printing and inkjet technology are also on the rise in India. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing. Giving an optimistic outlook of the industry, the package printing sector is growing at the annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital printing at robust 30 percent.

The digital printing industry is seeing significant transformations with new technologies & applications providing cost-effective and customized solutions. For the foreseeable future, offset and digital will not only co-exist, but will also complement each other- with offset taking the medium-to-longer jobs and digital performing on short-to-medium run lengths.

The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry.

Institutions for Blind across India

Towns and cities across India