R+V Insurance, Wiesbaden, Germany
Christoph Hees, Head of the Print Center for R + V said:
"We first took an IBIS in 2005 as part of a major rebranding
exercise. This included improving the face of documents and policies
to bring more worth and value for our customers. There were a
lot of steps to reach this goal and the IBIS (Smart-binder SB-3
'Plus HS') has been an important component. It provides integrity
and security through individual sheet gluing, which also looks
much better than wire stapling. We are now able to produce good
looking policies for our customers at high speed and with high
value"."The new IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' has
enabled us to increase productivity by 30%, and further improve
our ability to personalize our insurance policy documents. The
original IBIS system had been working extremely well for seven
years, so we knew we were taking no risk with a further investment
in this world-leading technology, which also interfaces effectively
with other machinery."
Mr Hees, R+V Insurance, Germany
O'Neil Data Systems, Los Angeles
Steve Ellithorpe, Operations Manager, Los Angeles, states:
"We have built up years of experience in running
four IBIS Smart-binders at our production site in LA. These machines
proved to be solid performers and capable of operating at peak production
rates over a long time periods. Our first thought, therefore, when
setting up a new O'Neil facility in Plano, Texas was to look to
IBIS for additional finishing equipment. We recently installed two
additional Smart-binder systems in Plano which are now operational
and contributing well to this large new production site.
We are pleased to have become one of the largest users of IBIS Smart-binders
in the USA."
Smart-binder installed at O'Neil Data, Dallas USA
Esser printSolutions, GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany
"We are constantly searching for new possibilities which
our customers can profit from. One example is the manufacture
of handbooks, brochures and product operation manuals with variable
"On Demand" content. The first IBIS saddle-stitcher
(Digi-stitcher) system was installed at Esser PS 13 years ago
and was replaced with a Smart-binder about 9 years ago. These
machines enabled us to fulfil our requirements in the optimum
way. We have been pleased with the Smart-binder performance. To
expand our digital finishing capabilities IBIS have now installed
an additional IBIS ('re-manufactured') Smart-binder, the
latest model 'Plus HS', which is fed from a Hunkeler unwinder,
web cutter and MBO folder at web speeds up to 180 meters/min".
View a video HERE
Marcus Esser and his
DST Output, Dagenham, London UK.
This East-London based print giant with five sites and a £140
Tommy Morgan, ex Head of Operations
"Our new Smart-binder has already proven to be an effective
high-speed saddle-stitcher for our personalised work and is better
enabling us to meet our time-sensitive customer commitments for
high quality bound documents".
Steve Ware, head of Digital Print
"It has been performing excellently, especially when you
consider we run around 50,000 books a week on it. The SB-3 has
ticked all the boxes for us."
Steve Ware with his
Farmers Insurance, Los Angeles, USA
Herb Lamonda, OPC Director, states:
"The addition of three IBIS Smart-binder systems in-line
with Océ web printers has greatly improved our look and
feel of the insurance policy documents and the mailing of these
to our customers. The change from a side-stitched document to
a professional looking 3-side trimmed saddle-stitched booklet
has significantly enhanced the professionalism of the end-product.
The booklet lay-flat from the Smart-binder greatly assists the
insertion into envelopes. The Smart-binder has also enabled us
to reduce paper weight which has resulted in a large postal cost
saving to Farmers. During peak periods the three Smart-binders
are used round the clock and their robust , heavy duty design
lends itself well to our demanding performance requirements"
Smart-binder 'Plus HS'
Broadridge Financial Solutions,
Inc. NY, USA
Testimonial statement from Bill Gaddy (Senior Director,
"The need to increase our booklet-making capabilities took
us to the IBIS Bindery Systems factory outside London UK and also
to printers who already use IBIS's unique 'Smart-binder' saddle-stitcher.
We were impressed by the Smart-binder's durable construction,
its innovative design features and the many performance improvements
compared with IBIS's older model 'Digi-stitcher'. As a result
of this we purchased last year two new off-line IBIS Smart-binder
systems which IBIS installed at our facility in Long Island, NY.
Both machines are fed from IBIS high-pile sheet feeder. One was
fitted with an in-line Knife folder and Tabbing system, and the
second line directly feeds a CMC Inserter and enveloping system.
IBIS customized both machines to meet our specific needs relating
to our direct mail applications.
Our new Smart-binders give us some unique benefits compared with
other more conventional saddle-stitchers. The fold quality is
second-to-none because the Smart-binder individually folds each
sheet, instead of folding 'groups' of sheets as our other stitchers
do. That means that the finished booklets lie flatter and are
easier to insert into an envelope. IBIS's 'patented' ISG cold
glue binding option replaces the need for wire stitching. This
provides numerous benefits, in addition to helping the booklets
lie even flatter and giving a stronger bind. ISG cold gluing allows
the book thickness to vary from minimum to maximum on-the-run
and has a much lower maintenance cost compared with wire stitching.
For short run jobs, and particularly when making books of one,
book thickness must vary continually on-the-run. The IBIS Smart-binder
is designed very much with this in mind by reading a bar code
on each sheet and then tracking sheets and booklets through the
machine. The Smart-binder trimmer is capable of handling all book
thicknesses without needed any adjustment and so is ideal for
our VDP workflow. Other saddle-stitchers available in the marketplace
require to be stopped for adjustment if the booklet thickness
changes by more than a few sheets.
A further advantage of the Smart-binder is its ability to stop
and restart without losing any booklets that are in the machine.
This is essential for individually-personalized booklets which
have to be reprinted if rejected. Other saddle-stitchers purge
themselves automatically and can reject quite a large number of
booklets on restart which makes them unsuitable for personalized
Overall the Smart-binders perform well. We will certainly look
to IBIS when we require further finishing solutions in future."
In their print factory close to Limoges,
France Maqprint use a unique system using a Smart-binder to produce
stitched and trimmed booklets from rolls printed on an HP web printer.
Testimonial statement from Mr Philippe Sans, the
owner of Maqprint
"When we explained to IBIS what we needed, they constructed
a customized finishing system for us. The system runs very
reliably and is a key component in enabling us to meet our customers
View a video of Maqprint's Smart-binder in operation HERE
Mr Phillipe Sans and the IBIS Smart-binder at Maqprint
LPi is the largest printer-supplier of weekly church bulletins
in the US and now owns five IBIS Smart-binders
Ken Shanovich, Director of Operations, LPi
"The IBIS Smart-binder system has
been a solid step forward in our finishing department. We have
reduced errors, increased throughput and significantly reduced
shipping costs. IBIS also has a highly effective installation
and training program that reduced our ramp up time."
One of three IBIS Smart-binder Plus HS VDP saddle stitchers cranking
out LPi's church bulletins
John Patrick, USA
IBIS has installed a Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' at John Patrick
Publishing Company (JPPC) in Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
John Hartmann, CEO John Patrick Publishing Co says:
"We recently installed a Smart-binder system at our plant
in Trenton NJ for the on-demand production of Church bulletins,
containing typically 8 - 16 pages. Paper rolls printed on our
HP web printer(s) and unwound and cut into sheets by a Tecnau
web cutter from where the sheets flow directly into the Smart-binder."
"The Smart-binder is a heavy duty, fast saddle-stitcher which
allows for frequent changes in booklet pagination and is well
suited to meeting the requirement for on-time delivery of our
short-run Bulletin documents."
John Hartmann, CEO
John Patrick Publishing
AMF Impresion Variable S, Chile
AMF have purchased an IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 fed from a high pile
sheet feeder to product examination booklets. It was installed during
the summer 2016.
AMF's Operations manager, Rodrigo Santelices, says:
"Our new off-line IBIS Smart-binder system is fed with piles
of printed 4pp sheets which it feeds at high speeds. It produces
for us high quality stitched and 3-side trimmed 8 ½ x 11"
examination booklets containing a variable number of pages. We
also have the option of IBIS's patented ISG cold glue binding
system on this machine. This provides a unique new alternative
to conventional wire stitching.The Smart-binder is a very heavy-duty
and reliable system that is already performing well for us."
Rodrigo Santelices and the Smart-binder at AMF
Colourtech Printing, Bapsfontein, South Africa
Colourtech Printing purchased a new Smart-binder Dec 2016.
Mrs. Sonja Groenewald, CEO and Ettiene Groenewald, Head of Department,
Inkjet Printings give their feedback:
bought our IBIS (Smart-binder) at the end of 2016 and started
receiving training on it in the beginning of 2017.
All in all the IBIS is a very good machine, usually the more you
give it the better it performs in terms of running thousands of
books through it 24 hours a day without a hitch. Sometimes problems
do pop up, but with all the technical knowledge we have gathered
on the machine it can be resolved quickly. Maintaining the machine
is also relatively easy.
I'm not aware that we have ordered any parts for the IBIS, (but)
we do however have lots of spares that came with the machine.
To my knowledge, we have only contacted Ipex (Ipex are the
local sales agent) twice for help with the IBIS.
I like the fact that we can do about 80,000 4 sheet booklets in
24 hours with it, unfortunately the time it takes to fine tune
it to run at that speed is quite troublesome.
In my personal experience, I would never sell this machine....ever....
If workload increased to such an extent that we need (to purchase)
a second IBIS, then it would be nice, depending on cost.
(In summary) the IBIS Smart-binder is a brilliant machine.
Throwing large volumes of work at it, usually eats it up as quickly
as you can give it. That being said, one needs proper knowledge
of the machine to run it at the speeds which our company requires.
Working knowledge of the process required to run smoothly cannot
be given at training, (but) working with the machine everyday
has given me the knowledge I have today in order to keep it going
as fast and as efficient as it can go.
In short, it's an awesome piece of equipment, but one requires
extensive knowledge to run it to its full capacity."
Management and representatives from Ipex Machinery
Canon New Zealand Ltd
Canon New Zealand Ltd have had an IBIS service contract for the
last two years.
Canon New Zealand, Customer Service, Peter Brown, states:
"We have have had an IBIS Smart-binding system under service
contract for over two years. During this time, we have received
excellent support and communication from IBIS for service and
spare parts. The IBIS Service team have been dedicated and
responsive to our service requirements in New Zealand and there
has been nothing that has been too much trouble for them to assist
us. As an example, we had a component failure incident late last
year on the SBS-100 Sheet Buffer which resulted in an outage for
our customer. IBIS was able to supply us a replacement part, door
to door within 24 hours. This was an outstanding response when
freighting parts to New Zealand is taken into consideration and
our customer was extremely impressed. We have also received exemplary
support and feedback from analysing log files for us to improve
the customer experience regarding operating the Smart-binder."