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Ideal The 56 Guillotine

  • The next generation of Programmable Powered Guillotines from Ideal
  • 390mm Tablet Style Touch Screen Controller with Swipe Gestures
  • Interactive User Assistance Guides the Operator via the Tablet Display
  • New Data Manager Integration with Folder Structure & Search Function
  • Extensive, Individual, Programmable Operator Default Settings
  • Electro-Mechanical Blade Drive with Hydraulic Clamp Drive
  • Fully Adjustable Clamping Pressure from 250 to 1,000 daN controlled via Tablet
  • False Clamp Plate for Even Pressure Spread and Zero Pressure Marking
  • Faster Production with Increased Back Gauge Speed of 100mm per Second
  • Intelligent IR Safety System
  • Foot Treadle for Pre-Clamping Requirements (Perfect for Cutting Awkward Stock)
  • New Easy-Touch Cut Activation with Optical Signal Indication on Machine Condition
  • Fully Programmable with Unlimited Program Storage via 4GB USB Stick
  • Ideal for Sheet Sizes up to B2 (707 x 500 mm)
  • Cuts up to 560 mm Width
  • Back Gauge Measurement up to 560 mm
  • Cuts up to 80 mm of 80gsm (Appox 800 sheets)
  • New Precision Back Gauge Adjustment via new Control Joystick
  • Large Working Area with Optional Side Table Extensions
  • Perfect for Craft, Further Education, Large Corporate Print Rooms, Medium to Large Digital Printers
  • Alliance Package Included (See Tab Below for Details)
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About Ideal The 56 Guillotine

Ideal The 56 Guillotine, the next generation programmable powered guillotine. Smarter working using the very latest in software-driven tablet technology. Leading to higher productivity and increased efficiency.

This next-generation cutting device uses technology to enhance the user experience. A 390mm touch screen tablet controller guides the operator through the cut sequence. Offering intuitive advice to ensure the most productive cutting sequence is utilised for each job.

The 56 is a fully configured commercial print guillotine for the B3 and digital print market. Electro-mechanical blade drive and hydraulically powered clamp with infinite pressure control. An electronically controlled false clamp plate, ideal for delicate work, optimises the distribution of the clamping force. When required can be removed for smaller work.

Productivity is enhanced through the high speed back gauge which now operates as speeds up to 100mm per second making size changes virtually instant. The Cut Control program allows for instant storage, with full character referencing, of up to 4GB of data which equates to a virtually inexhaustible storage platform for repeat work. The Cut Control function incorporates a video display to demonstrate to the operator the correct cut and work rotation sequence to avoid costly mistakes and also speed up production.

An integrated foot pedal provides pre clamping, while the IR Safety Curtain takes care of the safety functions along side the new Ideal Easy Touch simple and safe two hand cut release with illuminated coloured status display. A dimmable and switchable luminous LED cutting line indicator as well as a dimmable LED illumination of the front table also comes as standard. The newly designed control element for the back gauge and adjustable operational height further enhance the user experience. It adds up to a highly versatile machine able to cope with a wide range of print work and material types.

Why Ideal?

The quality of the product makes all the difference, the IDEAL Brand name holds an enviable position within the Paper Cutting markets worldwide.

Longevity and precision are the hallmarks of outstanding cutting machines – and what makes IDEAL the first choice for Pile Cutters. The high quality and reliability of the IDEAL machines is the result of decades of experience and engineering competence at the forefront, with which IDEAL are the closest to your printed matter.

IDEAL have the largest range of Paper Guillotines and Pile Cutters in the World, a solution for virtually any environment or requirement from the home to commercial print. If you require a solution to fit, then IDEAL have the answer.

5 Reasons to Buy an Ideal The 56

  • Next Generation Guillotine with Tablet Style Control Functions
  • Interactive User Assistance Guides the Operator Through the Cutting Process
  • Professional Features Such as Hydraulic Clamping, Adjustable Pressure & Foot Treadle
  • Faster Back-gauge Speed Equals Faster Production & Fewer Bottlenecks
  • Well Known Brand of Guillotine “Made in Germany”

Typical Applications

  • Digital print
  • Business cards
  • Stationery
  • Leaflets
  • Flyers
  • Cutting print to required size
  • Delicate papers
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Spine trimming for scanning
  • Trimming books up to 80 mm thick
  • Maximum Cut Width – 560 mm
  • Maximum Cut Depth (Size behind the blade) – 560 mm via Program or Toggle
  • Maximum Cut Height – 80 mm (77mm with false clamp plate installed)
  • Minimum Cut Size (Without False Clamp Plate Installed) – 15 mm
  • Minimum Cut Size (With False Clamp Plate Installed) – 60 mm
  • Cutting Accuracy – 0.1mm
  • Cycling Speed – 4-6 Cuts per Minute
  • Production Capacity – 4-6 Hours Daily
  • Programmable – Yes with Unlimited Programs
  • Program Storage – Stored with Full Character Naming
  • Cut Positions in Each Program – Unlimited
  • Blade Type – Solingen Steel
  • Blade Drive – Electro-Mechanical
  • Clamp Drive – Hybrid System – Hydraulic with Mechanical Assistance (Pressure Adjustable 250 -1000 daN)
  • Back Gauge Drive – DC Motor & Belt
  • Blade Positioning – Micro-Switches
  • Clamp Positioning – Micro-Switches
  • Back Gauge Measurement – Indexing Disc & Photo-interrupter
  • Safety Curtain – Type 4 Infrared Safety Curtain controlled via Ideal Relay Control Circuit
  • Software – Ideal Cut Control & Data Manager
  • Power Requirements – 230Vac 16 Amp Socket
  • Power Usage – 1.5KW/h Under Full Load
  • Net Weight – 303Kgs
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) 1,523 x 979 x 1211mm (With Side Tables Width = 1,783mm)

Introducing our Alliance Package, our support does not cease once we make the sale or agree on a deal. At AfterPrint Ltd we are unique; our aim is to develop long term business relationships that ensure you return to buy again when the time comes.

To ensure we are offering the most comprehensive package around all our Ideal Guillotines starting with the Ideal 4315 and through to the Ideal 7260 come complete with our unique Alliance Service Package. This package ensures your new purchase is taken care of correctly from day 1 and throughout your ownership of the product, to do this we include:


  • A Pre-Delivery Inspection is conducted on every machine prior to shipment
  • A site survey will be conducted prior to shipping to ensure the delivery goes smoothly
  • Specialist instrument logistics companies with freight insurance are used for delivery
  • All deliveries are completed with Tail-Lift equipped vehicles & a minimum two-person team
  • Customers are offered suitable timed delivery slots with a 2 Hour delivery window


  • Our Installation Team will arrive at an agreed time to complete the installation (Normally on the same day as the delivery unless otherwise specified)
  • The installation team will complete a thorough check of all processes and operations of the machine against the PDI checklist
  • If the machine has been split into smaller components for delivery, the installation team will re-build the machine onsite
  • Standard installation is ground floor with direct access, splitting the machine and re-building will not incur extra charges
  • Installations required on upper floors will require lift access or extra charges will be incurred. All charges will be made clear and agreed upon before the installation date.


  • Training will be conducted by our trained and certified Guillotine Training Team
  • Training includes Best Working Practices for Safe Operation, General Operation, Job Programming as well as Blade Change Procedures if required
  • All trained operatives will be issued with an official training certificate from our Certified Trainers (Certificates are created and posted within 7-10 days of training completion)
  • Training is completed in small groups of up to three people maximum
  • Training is normally completed on the same day as the installation

12 Month Manufacturer Warranty

  • Manufacturer Warranty on all parts from the date of installation*
  • Warranties cover parts only, They do not include labour or engineer support**

12 Month Alliance Service Package

  • 20% Discount on All Parts (Discount will be taken from Standard UK Sales Price of each Part)
  • Direct Technical Team Access – Designed to speed up the Resolution Process
  • Guaranteed next day appointment for an engineer to be onsite
  • If parts are identified as needed at the initial call stage, parts will be dispatched that day – The engineer can then arrive on-site and fit the parts to complete the repair
  • 3 Month Warranty on all parts we fit (Manufacturer standard warranty is 30 days)
  • No Call-Out Charges for Emergency Calls
  • No Travel Charges for Emergency Calls
  • No Labour Charges (Includes all-time on-site under normal contract conditions)
  • 2 Preventative Maintenance visits per annum (Includes HSE Tests & Certification x 2 for Guillotines)
  • 2 Guillotine Blade Re-Grinds – Blade re-grinds are completed on the removed blade at the point of service in readiness for the next visit in 6 Months (under normal conditions) – Extra blade re-grinds will be charged at £15.00 + VAT per grind.
  • Call out priority given to customers on an agreement (Contracts will take precedence over an Ad-Hoc call out)
  • Unlimited Emergency Call Outs – Within reason, excludes intentional damage
  • Nationwide Service Team Based at Strategic Points around the UK
  • Free Technical Advice on how to set up machinery or complete certain tasks

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