has provided a game-changing solution for R+V, one of
Germany's largest insurance companies, which produces
more than a million highly-personalised insurance policy
booklets at its headquarters in Wiesbaden. These policies
are made using IBIS's Smart-binder SB-3 which is fitted
with the unique and patented ISG (Individual Sheet
Gluing) system. The ISG binding technique is chosen
by R+V because of its ability to produce booklets up to
10mm thick which lay flat (for envelope inserting) and
for the additional page security which this gluing process
After seven years of successfully using the original IBIS
Smart-binder SB-3, with excellent maintenance and support
from Kern GmbH, R+V has now ordered a new Smart-binder
SB-3 'Plus' system via Kern which will be fed from
a new high-speed Kern roll unwinder and web cutter. This
new Smart-binder Plus will 'raise the bar' for R+V, by
providing a 30% increase in productivity while
continuing to produce high quality personalised (digitally
printed) policy documents containing between 4 and
180 pages, with a separately fed cover.
"We first took an IBIS in 2005 as part of
a major rebranding exercise," explains Christoph
Hees, Head of the Print Centre for R+V, "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) 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 (SB-3 'Plus'
model) will enable us to increase productivity by 30%
, and further improve our ability to personalise insurance
policy documents. The IBIS has been working extremely
well for the last seven years, so we know we are taking
no risk with a further investment in this world-leading
technology, which also interfaces effectively with other
The R+V system is another example of how IBIS supplies
bespoke world-class solutions. John Cracknell, Managing
Director of IBIS, said: "We specialise in
providing highly customised solutions, including integrating
modules from different suppliers, which give tangible
returns on investments for companies across the globe.
Our Smart-binder system creates flat policy documents
that can be easily 'inserted' by using our unique ISG
cold gluing system. The number of pages in the booklets
is constantly varied without pausing the binding process.
The Smart-binder at R + V produces policies containing
from four A4 sheets right up to 180 pages (approx 9 -
10mm thick). No other system in the world can do this.
IBIS has built its reputation on providing unique solutions
for a diverse range of companies including larger insurance
companies such as R+V. We are delighted to receive R+V's
endorsement of the Smart-binder's success in the form
of the new SB-3 'Plus' machine order."
Key Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus' system features for
SB-3 fed directly from a high speed Kern roll unwinder
and web cutter
increase in productivity.
sheet pile feeder on the side.
feeder with new-design Auto-loader and ability to feed
covers with 'windows'
cold-glue binding used for all booklets.
code control of page sequence for variable booklets.
trimmer with new high-speed transport.
Duerselen system for drilling two or four 'file holes'
in each booklet.
us to discuss how IBIS's finishing solutions can address
your specific requirements.
Managing Director, IBIS Bindery Systems