D.E.N.A Screenprint is switching from a Johne Perfecta guillotine to Polar next month. The Aberdeen company looked at several manufacturers before making its decision to purchase the Polar 78 ECO from Heidelberg.
Husband and wife team Martin and Dena Nelson had bought the old guillotine second-hand 30 years ago and might have gone that route again.
"We found a 1983 Polar model but it was ÂŁ10,000 and we decided we should compare it with what we would get new," says Martin Nelson. "Although the new model was almost three times the cost we could see its advantages and that it would last us the next 30 years! We went to see a similar model in use at the Robert Gordon University in-plant and were impressed."
Mr Nelson liked the fact that the ECO used a hydraulically driven back plate and gauge but retained a simpler, mechanical operation for other elements of the guillotine. It uses a 5.5 inch keyboard display and the programmes are generated manually or by menu. It has a 198 programme memory.
The guillotine will be used to cut self adhesive vinyls and thin plastics for label work. Most of D.E.N.A. Screenprint's work is for the oil industry in Aberdeen. The company works flexible day shifts.