The Print Teaching unit at the City of Glasgow College has become the 50th UK installation of the IDEAL 5222 Digicut 520cm hydraulic guillotine. Launched just over 3 years ago by Duplo International, the IDEAL 5222 has rapidly become a favourite amongst the country's copy shop and digital printers because of its competitive price tag, hydraulic clamping, space saving design and ease of use.
40,000 students are enrolled at the City of Glasgow College and each year around 200 of these pass through the Print Teaching department. The college offers a range of courses including an NQ in screen printing designed to equip students with the necessary skills to go straight into industry and a choice of HNC and HND courses in digital media and creative print making which can be a stepping stone to higher education within the creative trades. All the courses are a combination of theory and practice, with students getting a complete hands-on education on all the equipment.
The main use for the guillotine is on the post-press side - finishing booklets and swatch books produced by the students. David Stevenson, Senior Print Technician at the college explained the reasons behind the investment; "We needed a new guillotine because ours was over 20 years old and the repairs were running into thousands of pounds a year. We needed something that was accurate, reliable, came with a range of professional features but that wouldn't break the bank "
After consulting with their local dealer, Well Finished, the college realised the only product that ticked all the boxes was the IDEAL 5222. Peter Saffrey of Well Finished was instrumental in helping the college find the right solution and commented, "Whilst IDEAL is not as famous as some of the other German guillotine brands, its build quality, accuracy and safety was exactly what the College needed. There is nothing to touch IDEAL in this part of the market".
Crucially, the 5222 fitted well with the College's strategy for the future as Stevenson concluded; "The current plan is to move the college to a new premises in 2015/16. As part of this we'll be looking to reduce costs and downsize wherever possible. The IDEAL 5222 is about half the size of our previous guillotine and fits in perfectly with our future plans."
IDEAL guillotines are distributed in the UK by Duplo International Limited.