?Guillotines - The Cutting Edge Guillotines although not in themselves a complicated issue, there is a bewildering array of machines available on the market. Rotary Trimmers Starting with the simplest the shear action and rotary trimmers. These are for simple cuts and trimming single sheets of paper and card up to about 30 sheets depending on which machine is purchased. These machines are available up to 1100mm cutting length with different blades for a variety of materials such as rubber, hardboard etc. Ream Cutters Moving on from the shear action are hand operated printroom guillotines or ream cutters as they as sometimes known. These use an entirely different type of cutting action. With these the paper is clamped with either a cam operated clamp or a screw action. This holds the paper from moving whilst the blade is brought down to cut. The blade comes down horizontally with a right to left movement. If the cutting needs to be very accurate this type of machine is essential. Power Cutters The next step up is the power operated machines. These start at 400mm wide and go up massive proportions depending on what sizes you need to cut. As with the hand operated machines clamping the paper is essential, again this is done by cam action screw or power clamping. Another addition to the power machines is the option of being able to programme the cutting so that you can set up regular jobs and thus ease the operation speed up the cutting process and prevent operator error. Business Card Cutters Some jobs however are not easy to cut on a guillotine. This is where business card cutters come into their own. These range from hand operated to fully automatic machines which are capable of reading register marks which move the cuts to match exactly the print, which often varies from sheet to sheet when digitally printed. Beyond the business card cutters are the slitter/cutter/creasers which will handle up to SRA3 and again read the register marks to ensure that the cutting is extremely accurate on every sheet which passes through the machine. As well as the cutting creasing and perforating are useful functions, especially if it can be done at the same time as the cutting. Other Types of Cutters Paper trimmers are widely used and can be found in most schools, churches and photo shops. Although they may not cut large amounts of paper at once, rotary paper trimmers are great for small jobs and precision trimming. Paper cutters are the workhorses of the paper cutting industry. Many guillotine paper cutters are capable of cutting hundred of papers at once. With hundreds of guillotine paper cutters available Paper drills, use a specially designed drill bit to drill through hundreds of papers at once. We carry models in one and three spindle designs. With guaranteed low prices on all our paper drills Paper punches are widely used in almost any office environment. We carry models that are capable of punching a legal two-hole punch or a standard three-hole punch Corner rounders offer an easy and simple way to cut corners off paper and mold them to any size radius you want. Great for taking the sharp edges off of business cards, trading/playing cards, brochures, reports and much more Use a paper perforators to punch small holes in a sheet of paper. The holes make it easy to separate the documents, much like a check our coupon. They can also be used to crease paper making it easy to fold or bend. Both are available in manual and automatic models Anyone going into guillotines for the first time may need expert advice to help make the right decision. Dave Codling is Marketing Director for Rovert Equipment Ltd. Dave manages the business websites supplying a range of Paper Shredders and Balers and many aspects of Print Finishing Machinery such as Guillotines, Laminators, Folding Machinery, Collators and Bookletmakers, Plastic Comb, Wire and Fastback Binding Systems as well as the latest developments in Digital Creasing, Business Card Cutters, Slitter/Cutter/Creasers and Fully Automatic Laminators.