the advent of digital printing, it became possible to
create booklets and books that were truly personalized,
at reasonable cost. Financial and insurance firms, medical
care providers, and educational testing companies jumped
on this opportunity to turn out highly-individualized
material for their clientele.
However, with this came the real risk of a recipient receiving
someone else's personal information. In many counties
there are severe penalties for this type of data mix-up,
and companies need a fully accountable finishing system.
So printing personalized, variable-data booklets requires
more that just a machine with good mechanical design and
function. The U.S. HIPAA law covering medical patient
data is stringent, and many printers and transactional
firms avoid this work because of potential liability.
For both saddle-stitched and perfect-bound booklets,
sheet-level tracking and reporting is needed. Barcoded
sheets must be accurately-read, and then tracked through
the entire finishing system. Missing or out-of-sequence
sheets must be flagged and dealt with. Furthermore, a
reliable booklet tracking system must verify and time-stamp
each booklet, reject any incorrect booklets and
provide accurate data on any defective/rejected booklets
The IBIS Smart-binder 'Plus' was designed from
the ground up as a saddle-stitcher for variable data
booklet production. The Smart-binder's well-integrated
combination of barcode or Datamatrix reading, software,
and sensors track printed sheets, and each individual
booklet, through the entire saddle-stitch process for
Within the IBIS Smart-binder 'Plus' operating software,
a detailed log file is created while the machine
is running which logs multiple data points for evaluation.
This log file can be ported to in-house information
systems, and may also be used for machine performance
evaluation and troubleshooting. Most importantly, the
tracking and logging software is integral to the Smart-binder
PC based control system, and is not an external "add-on"
that is an extra cost to the customer. Competitive machines
use external monitoring 3rd-party software.
This makes the IBIS Smart-binder the ideal machine for
variable-data finishing, with full sheet and booklet-level
accountability. For data-critical, personalized booklets,
the IBIS Smart-binder is 'the one'!
Don't hesitate to contact us for further information.
IBIS Bindery Systems
Digital Finishing Specialist