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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate packaging equipment used in the tissue conversion process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246594  Operate packaging equipment used in the tissue conversion process 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pulp and Paper 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for a person who has to operate equipment specific to a packaging operation in an efficient manner, a factor which will contribute towards the overall efficiency of the organisation.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Understand the equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor parameters relevant to equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor and maintain product quality.
  • Perform shut-down of the process.
  • Maintain operational integrity in the packaging area.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the sub-fields of manufacturing and assembly, physical sciences, life sciences, environmental sciences, earth and space sciences. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Description of required skills: This unit standard has been designed as an introduction to the operating of packaging equipment and does not assume prior learning or experience.
  • Literacy and mathematical literacy: This unit standard assumes that a learner is already competent in communication and numeracy at NQF Level 2.
  • Where learners do not have the relevant expertise, appropriate adjustments must be made to the learning programme. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The context of this unit standard includes packaging equipment such as:
  • Bundle overwrapper machine.
  • Bagging equipment.
  • Cartoning equipment.
  • Ream wrapping equipment.
  • Single roll wrapping equipment.

    It also includes monitoring the equipment, performing start-up, shutdown, post shutdown and product change-over procedures while maintaining safety and good housekeeping standards.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process requires a wide range of technical skills and offers a considerable choice of procedures. A broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts, analytical interpretation of information, informed judgement and a range of sometime innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems are employed. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person for certification in advanced trade and technical occupations. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the packaging equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of packaging is explained in terms of the total the tissue conversion process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operating principles of equipment specific to a packaging operation are explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principal components of equipment specific to a packaging operation are identified as applicable to own workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The functions of the principal components of equipment specific to a packaging operation are identified as applicable to own workplace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specified equipment pre-start-up checks are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Checks include the readiness of the feed system, upstream equipment, downstream equipment and availability of services.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The availability of sufficient good quality raw material is ensured in accordance with workplace instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Start-up sequence is performed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Post start-up checks and tests are performed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Start-up documentation is completed according to workplace instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor packaging equipment parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specified operating parameters for equipment specific to a packaging operation are explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The parameters refer to correct amount, product damage, bag seal, bag integrity and print quality.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-adherence to the prescribed parameters is explained with regards to the consequences to the packaging operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The operating conditions of the equipment is systematically investigated and assessed against given operating parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Utilities used in the process are monitored in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Deviations from operating parameters are interpreted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Suitable corrective action is suggested for each deviation from prescribed operating parameters. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor and maintain product quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specified product parameters for the equipment specific to a packaging operation are explained in accordance with quality specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-adherence to the prescribed parameters is explained with regards to the consequences to product quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Product samples are taken in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The results obtained from analyses are interpreted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Suitable corrective action is suggested for any deviation from operating parameters. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Perform shut-down of the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-shutdown actions are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The shut-down is performed in the correct sequence and according to prescribed procedures and schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Post shutdown functions are performed in accordance with operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Processing equipment is cleaned and remaining material is removed from the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Product changeover functions are performed in accordance with workplace instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Responsibilities include adjusting guides and machine speeds and replacing pushers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    First line maintenance functions are performed in accordance with workplace instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Responsibilities include replacing cutting and sealing bars, sprockets and air pipes, broken pushers, rods and spreader plates.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Shut-down documentation is completed according to workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Maintain operational integrity in the packaging area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety procedures relevant to equipment specific to a packaging operation and the company are maintained during all operating phases. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operating phases include normal running conditions, start-up and shutdown of equipment and during maintenance of equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Prescribed housekeeping guidelines are adhered to in accordance with workplace instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specified waste disposal methods are implemented in accordance with workplace instructions and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All relevant documentation is correctly completed according to workplace instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation includes records of interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments made, sample reports.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 3 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with at least three years experience in the tissue conversion operation will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner understands and can:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor parameters relevant to equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor and maintain product quality.
  • Perform shut-down of the process.
  • Maintain operational integrity in the packaging area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Operating and monitoring equipment specific to a packaging operation keeping in mind the operating parameters and the consequences of not adhering to these.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor packaging equipment parameters.
  • Monitor and maintain product quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Interacting with others to achieve consistent outcomes.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor packaging equipment parameters.
  • Monitor and maintain product quality.
  • Perform shut-down of the process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Following the prescribed procedures during the start-up, shutdown, post-shutdown and supplementary procedures.
  • Adhering to health, safety and environmental protection instructions and measures at all times.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor packaging equipment parameters.
  • Perform shut-down of the process.
  • Maintain operational integrity in the packaging area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when:
  • Planning for, and gaining knowledge of slitting and cutting equipment and their role in the production process.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the packaging equipment.
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Maintain operational integrity in the packaging area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Completing workplace administration and documentation.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Perform shut-down of the process.
  • Maintain operational integrity in the packaging area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Carrying out pre-checks on process and equipment.
  • Started up, operating, and shutting down the machine during operations.
  • Bringing process/product variables under control.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Perform start-up of equipment specific to a packaging operation.
  • Monitor packaging equipment parameters.
  • Monitor and maintain product quality.
  • Perform shut-down of the process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by rrecognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
  • Adhering to health, safety and environmental protection instructions and measures at all times.
  • Explaining the purpose of the process as well as the relationship to the supplier and customer's process/requirements.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the packaging equipment.
  • Maintain operational integrity in the packaging area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of equipment specific to packaging in the tissue conversion process and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Application:

    This unit standard may also find application within:
  • NSB 01: Agriculture and Nature Conservation.

    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59019   National Certificate: Tissue Conversion  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


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