Run and monitor guillotines

Business Sectors (Suites): Machine Printing
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 30 Mar 2020


This standard covers the skills and knowledge required to run and monitor guillotines.

This involves:

  1. understanding the job requirements
  2. checking that safety devices are working properly
  3. operating the guillotine safely
  4. reporting problems
  5. checking that work meets the required standard
  6. unloading and stacking the finished product

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Run guillotines under supervision

  1. comply with health and safety requirements and procedures at all times
  2. obtain specifications and requirements of the items to be produced following standard operating procedures
  3. obtain equipment and materials required to carry out the job following standard operating procedures
  4. check equipment is set up and in good working order following standard operating procedures and any manufacturer's instructions
  5. check all materials required are to specification and free from faults
  6. check that an up-to-date test certificates are in force for guillotines and daily checklist has been completed
  7. check safety devices are working following standard operating procedures
  8. start-up guillotines following standard operating procedures
  9. run guillotines following standard operating procedures
  10. record production details
  11. remove waste following standard operating procedures
  12. stack work following standard operating procedures
    Monitor quality of guillotine cutting

13. check quality standards are met
14. identify faults in products following standard operating procedures
15. report quality defects to your manager following standard operating procedures
16. check machinery is safe to operate, once quality defects have been corrected
17. record quality assurance details

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Run guillotines under supervision

  1. details in specifications
  2. the principles of guillotining
  3. the risks associated with running a guillotine, and how to avoid them
  4. what types of problems can occur when running guillotines
  5. emergency shut-down procedures
  6. to whom you should report problems
  7. production records you are required to keep
  8. the procedures for the removal of waste from your machine
  9. your company's method for stacking of finished work from your machine
  10. the requirements of other processes which follow cutting**

Monitor quality of guillotine cutting

11. your company's quality standards for guillotine work
12. your company's methods for detecting defects in the product
13. common guillotining faults
14. other faults that can occur during guillotine cutting
15. to whom you should report defects in the product
16. quality assurance records you are required to keep
17. printed colours most at risk of marking


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2025





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Relevant Occupations

Printing Machine Minders and Assistants, Printing Trades

SOC Code



machines; printing; lithographic; equipment; flexographic; operate; maintain; inks; coatings;