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Blog Post By Jo Golding

Think before you buy

You might not think about there being much to the print technology sector of guillotines, however, after looking into the subject for my feature this month (Guillotines, page 69) I have discovered that there is a lot you should know before making any purchasing decisions in this sector.

Just some of the questions you should ask yourself first include ‘what is the right knife to use?’, ‘what service and back up can my supplier provide?’, and ‘how often is it going to be used?’

Another really important aspect of this sector of print is safety, considering the potential dangers of paper cutters.

Steve Rickman, technical consultant at Heidelberg UK, makes a point to say: “It is a legal requirement that guillotines have safety inspections every six months, as laid down by the Printing Industry Advisory Committee. 

It is a legal requirement that guillotines have safety inspections every six months, as laid down by the Printing Industry Advisory Committee


“When you purchase a Polar guillotine, it comes with two inspections as part of the sale and anyone taking out a Heidelberg service contract after that would have the inspections incorporated into the service schedule.”

Guillotines must also have the CE Safety Mark, which shows that the manufacturer has checked that the products meets EU safety, health or environmental requirements. Do not leave it up to chance, check with your supplier.

For more questions to ask yourself before buying a guillotine and a look at a handful of the most innovative products available, such as the Ideal 5560 guillotine from CJB Printing Equipment pictured above, check out the feature to see for yourself.


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