NFER Updates Bindery With TCS-Supplied Grafcut Hydraulic Guillotine

The National Foundation For Educational Research (NFER) has chosen to update its guillotining capability with a Grafcut 52H fully hydraulic guillotine supplied by Terry Cooper Services.

The UK’s largest independent provider of research, assessment and information services for education, training and children’s services has a digital inplant running Konica Minolta Bizhubs. It made the investment after deciding it was time to replace an aging guillotine.

Nick Ward, inplant manager explains the choice: “We had a Polar guillotine that was 26 years old so understandably reliability and maintenance were a concern. When we needed an engineer we were recommended the TCS team. We liked the systems and the support from TCS.

“There were number of benefits that stood out. It was easy to set up, user friendly, and TCS was very approachable and helpful.

“It is reassuring to know that it is new and reliable. There is also someone at the end of line that is helpful and can support us with a fleet of engineers that we can call on. So far we haven’t had any need to call them.”

The Grafcut 52H features maximum format of 520 mm width x 520 mm depth and high cutting accuracy 0.1 mm of max paper stack. The small foot-printed, fully-programmable, single-phase electricity, sturdy system offers the choice of electric motor driven clamp and knife or full hydraulic operation. All models include light barrier, infra-red cutting light beam, and full programmability via a touchscreen.

As for return on investment Ward says: “It wasn’t bought with return on investment in mind. The best benefit is that it brings peace of mind for the operators and throughout the department.”


NFER’s clients include UK government departments and agencies at both national and local levels. Its purpose is to provide independent evidence which improves education and training and hence the lives of learners. Its ambition is to be the research organisation of first choice for those who wish to make a positive difference to learners.