RRB Syllabus for Printing Technology Exam – JE

  1. Printing Systems
    Different printing methods; image carriers; impression and ink transfer methods; proofing methods; suitability of jobs for various printing process.
  2. Printing Materials
    Materials used for graphic reproduction; image carriers; printing substrates; inks and coatings; binding materials.
  3. Flexo, Gravure and Screen Printing.
    Flexographic principles and plate surface preparation; flexographic press work; study and preparation of gravure image carrier – Doctor Blade and its care; inks for gravure process; materials used in gravure process; slitting and rewinding machine – equipment used for quality control – defects and remedies; screen printing.
  4. Printing Finishing Processing
    Introduction to binding and finishing; materials used in binding; methods of binding and modern commercial binding; forwarding operations; automation in binding.
  5. Image Processing
    Types of originals – process room equipment; line and halftone photography; digital image processing; computer to fill; image editing softwares.
  6. Design & Advertising in Print Media
    Introduction to typographic design and advertising; role of typography in design; designing aspects of book, magazine and news paper; design of miscellaneous printed products; operations and functions of an advertising agency. Sheet fed offset Machines
  7. Offset lithographic presses; printing unit; inking and dampening; sheet handling, controlling and transferring; make ready and machine run; computer print control (CPC).
  8. Publishing Software
    Basic anatomy of a computer; paging softwares; vector graphic editing software; scalar image editing software; desktop publishing software.
  9. Paper and Ink
    Paper manufacture and chemistry of pulp; paper and board classification; properties of paper and conditioning in press room; printing ink gradients, manufacture and its properties; problems with paper and ink on press and their remedies.
  10. Colour Separation and Management
    Colour management; colour reproduction; colour separation; developments in electronic scanning; colour proofing.
  11. Plate Making Methods
    Job planning and film assembly; imposition considerations; lithographic plate surface chemistry; computer to technologies and computer to film; computer to press technologies; computer to plate.
  12. Printing Machine Maintenance
    Maintenance management; types of maintenance and maintenance of spare parts; machinery erection and testing; machine replacement, lubrication and lubricants; machine elements and electrical controls.
  13. Digital Imaging
    Art work and film preparation; film image setters; computer to plate systems; non impact printing and digital offset presses; electronic proofing.
  14. Web offset Printing
    Introduction to web offset printing press; make ready and feeding unit; printing unit; delivery unit; digital offset printing.
  15. Printer’s Accounting and Estimating
    Purpose and systems of book keeping; definition of estimating and qualifications of an estimator; estimating forms; meaning and methods of costing; costing of machine; material and direct labour.
  16. Advanced Printing Technologies
    Non impact printing technologies; security printing; speciality printing processes; E-Print.
  17. Package Technology
    Concept of packaging and packaging for various purposes; ancillary materials and metal based materials used in packing; types of labels and their design; types of packaging systems and its advantages; bar coding.

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