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July 2021: Smart-binder Project Guide

The latest, updated edition of the IBIS Smart-binder Product Guide, version 34, which was first published in 2005, has recently been released. This comprehensive manual seeks to provide all information needed by our customers to assist their evaluation and selection of the Smart-binder system.....MORE

April 2021: IBIS Smart-binder produces product manuals at high web speed, with 45 gsm paper

IBIS recently installed a number of new Smart-binder systems to produce such A5 user-manuals at printing sites in Europe. A buckle-folder is used to fold sheets in half before they enter the Smart-binder allowing these systems run at web speeds of 130 - 150 meters/min with paper weight 45 gsm.....MORE

Sept 2020: IBIS and Best Graphics participated in the Napco 2020 ‘virtual’ Ink Jet Summit

IBIS participated in the annual ‘Ink Jet Summit’ which was conducted on-line from Aug 17-26 2020. Our focus for this year’s summit was on new IBIS solutions for inserting/mailing of digital printed booklets.....MORE

Feb: 2020 Smart-binder add-on for the IBIS Smart-binder system

IBIS are now offering an add-on package for the Smart-binder digital saddle-stitcher which captures and displays machine performance data in an easy-to-use format......MORE

Dec 2019: New customized Smart-binder saddle-stitching solution for Fiserv, USA

Fiserv installed a customized Smart-binder system in the USA, summer, 2019. Dan Aiken, Business Process Engineer, Friserv, comments as follows....MORE

Oct 2019: Customized Smart-binder installed at Lellyet and Rogers, USA

IBIS recently developed a highly customized finishing solution for the US printer Lellyett and Rogers ....MORE

April 2019: IBIS enters Middle East

IBIS is pleased to announced a first sale of its flagship Smart-binder system to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Middle East.....MORE

March 2019: IBIS exhibits at Hunkeler InnovationDays 2019

IBIS exhibited at Hunkeler InnovationDaysin February. The Smart-binder ran in-line with a Xerox Trivor printeras well as off-line from an SB-097 sheet pile feeder. We produced a range of high quality stitched and glued booklets, as well as the exhibition's'Show Daily' magazine....MORE

Dec 2018: Smart-binder for 'small-format' booklets

IBIS have recently installed a number of Smart-binders to produce small-format booklets, eg size 90 x 120 mm (spine).......MORE

Personalized Finishing at Print 2018

We demonstrated the IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 Plus HS (off-line feed from a Sheet Pile Feeder) at Print 2018 in Chicago (30 Sep - 02 Oct).......MORE

Sept 2018: IBIS launches the Smart-binder saddle-binder into the Korean market

The Smart-binder was exhibited at the K-Print trade exhibition by SOLVUS our newly-appointed Korean Distributor.......MORE

Aug 2018: Feedback from Alphabet SA, Greece. They use a Smart-binder SB-4 to produce perfect-bound books

Alphabet have used their SB-4 during the last 12 years to produce perfect-bound books made using a combination of ISG cold glue binding and conventional hot melt (EVA) glue.......MORE

March 2018: Feedback from Colourtech printing, South Africa

We speak regularly with our customers around the world to obtain feedback about our products, our parts supply and our service support. Colourtech Printing purchased a new Smart-binder a year ago.......MORE

Nov 2017: IBIS Service support and Parts supply - Customer Feedback

Our customers give their feedback on IBIS parts and service support and how it enables them to achieve high production volumes.......MORE

Nov 2017: Best Graphics to distribute IBIS products in North America

We are delighted to annouce a new sales and service distribution partnership with Best Graphics Inc, based in Milwaukee, USA. Best Graphics wll focus on IBIS 'Smart-binder' sales to the Digital print market........MORE

Sept 2017: IBIS at Print 17, Chicago Sept 10-14

There will be an information desk on the Best Graphics booth (#4709) at Print 17 Chicago........MORE

May 2017: A Smart-binder SB-2 produces Government Census documents

Enotria's product manager, in Peru, gives feedback regarding their use of a Smart-binder SB-2 to produce 8 million A4 Govenment Census documents in a 3 month period........MORE

May 2017: IBIS nominated for 'Best Case Study - Publishing' at Inkjet Summit 2017

IBIS was the only finishing systems vendor nominated, from approximately 300 total attendees (view the case study on the 'more' link page)........MORE

April 2017: IBIS sponsors Inkjet Summit 2017

We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Inkjet Summit in Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville, Florida, US........MORE

March 2017: IBIS at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

We exhibited our flagship SB-3 'Plus HS' at the HID show in-line with Domino's K630i ink jet press and a Hunkeler web cutter and plow folder........MORE

Jan 2017: IBIS to exhibit at Hunkeler Innovationdays exhibition (Luzern, Feb 20-23)

We are pleased to be exhibiting our Smart-binder SB-3 Plus HS at the 2017 Hunkeler Innovationdays show in-line with Domino's K630i ink jet press and a Hunkeler web cutter and plow-folder. .......MORE

Dec 2016: Digital Exam-Paper production in Chile

AMF Impresion Variable S.A, a leading printing solutions company in Chile, have purchased an IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 fed from a high pile sheet feeeder to produce examination booklets.......MORE

Oct 2016: IBIS Smart-binder at Canon Commercial Printer Business Days

We were delighted to exhibit our IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 system at the Canon Commercial Printer Business Days event in Munich, Sept 20-22.......MORE

Aug 2016: John Patrick installs a Smart-binder for Church Bulletin production

Continuing its momentum in serving the needs of church-bulletin printers, IBIS has installed a Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' at John Patrick Publishing Company (JPPC) in Trenton, New Jersey, USA .......MORE

Aug 2016: Digital Goes to Church

Liturgical Publications is the largest printer-supplier of weekly church bulletins in the US. They have greatly increased production with the use of three IBIS Smart-binder 'PLUS HS' saddle stitchers .......MORE

June 2016: Trend Offset sign for Smart-binder purchase at Drupa

The large US printer Trend Offset decided at Drupa 2016 to invest in a new Smart-binder SB-3 ‘Plus HS’.......MORE

June 2016: IBIS exhibited high speed Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' att Drupa

We exhibited our SB-3 in line with a Domino K630i monochrome digital press web and a Kern web cutter.......MORE

May 2016: IBIS to partner with KOLBUS America

We are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership between IBIS and KOLBUS for the sales and support of IBIS Smart-binders in the USA.......MORE

May 2016: IBIS Smart-binder to make personalized booklets with matching covers

The optional BCR-100 cover matching system compares cover IDs with the ID of inside sheets and matches them accordingly. This allows personalized data on the inside sheets to be matched to the correct covers.......MORE

May 2016: IBIS Smart-binder installed at Maqprint, France

At their print factory close to Limoges, Maqprint use a unique system, an IBIS Smart-binder SB-2 'Plus HS' with two additional buckle-folders and a sheet rotator, to produce personalized (individually addressed) stitched and trimmed booklets, format size 15 x 21 cm, from rolls printed on an HP web printer.......MORE

March 2016: IBIS at Drupa 2016

We are pleased to announce that we will exhibit our latest model high speed Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' in line with a Domino K630i monochrome digital press web (running up to 150 meters/min web speed) and Kern web cutter on the Domino stand A23 in Hall 5 at Drupa.......MORE

Feb 2016: IBIS High volume exam paper production

An IBIS customer with four high speed digital web ink-jet printers is consistently printing 3.6 million A4 impressions (pages) daily and processing these printed sheets into stitched and trimmed 'exam booklets' using in-line IBIS Smart-binder SB-2 'Plus HS' systems.......MORE

Jan 2016: IBIS Smart-binder delivers optimum book quality

One of the reasons our customers choose the Smart-binder to produce digitally printed booklets is booklet quality. The Smart-binder process ensures high quality fold, bind and trim operations and avoids paper stock markings.......MORE

Dec 2015: New IBIS sheet pile feeder (SB-097) provides additional flexibility for in-line smart-binders

A new-design sheet feeder (SB-097) is now available for use with in-line connected Smart binders to allow sheets to also be fed from a sheet pile ....... MORE . View a video HERE

Oct 2015: New IBIS line up for in-line 'Perfect Binding' (hot glue binding)

IBIS is known mainly for innovative saddle-binding solutions (our Smart-binder range) for digital web finishing. We also supply dedicated perfect-binders (our Sprint-binder range) which can run in-line with digital printers, or near line....... MORE

Oct 2015: IBIS customized solutions

Our customers often require a solution to meet their specific book finishing needs. Many of the IBIS Smart-binders that we supply are therefore especially modified, or include additional special features, to give maximum customer benefit....... MORE

Aug 2015: IBIS re-manufactured Smart-binders

At IBIS we not only manufacture 'brand new' Smart-binders, we also take pre-owned machines (eg 'end of lease' machines) and put these through our re-manufacturing program. ....... MORE

June 2015: IBIS Smart Binder for Exam Paper production

More printing companies are using IBIS smart-binders to produce exam papers than any other digital finishing system. The reasons are as follows: booklet integrity; tighter control of printed sheets using in-line finishing; high reliability with minimum maintenance; high speed output; variable page extents; cover matching; document personalization; data tracking; insertions of answer sheets and allowing for automated marking; and wire stitching or ISG cold gluing........ MORE

Mar 2015: IBIS/Canon/Hunkeler booklet production system at the Hunkler 'Innovation Days' show, Feb 2015

Large quantities of high-quality colour booklets were produced during the 4-day show. Binding of all booklets varied continually between wire stitches and IBIS's unique ISG cold-glue binding system and visitors could see the new IBIS 'Smart-buffer' and 'Dynamic Stitching' systems in operation.
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Dec 2014: IBIS announce their participation at the Hunkler 'Innovation Days' (HID) exhibition in Switzerland, February 2015

IBIS will exhibit a Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' running in-line with a high-speed continuous-feed inkjet printer and web cutter at speeds up to 127 metres/min. The exhibition runs from 23-26 February 2015
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Sept 2014: IBIS is awarded top marks for exam booklet production around the world!

IBIS has installed around 30 Smart-binders around the world for producing examination booklets, and we have recently received orders for five more machines. This makes us indisputably the 'number-one' supplier for high security production of exam booklets in-line with digital printers. ....... MORE

Mar 2014: IBIS signs deal with Meteksan at IPEX

IBIS has signed a deal on its stand at IPEX to provide its latest high-speed model Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' to Meteksan, one of the largest security print specialists in Turkey.
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Mar 2014: IBIS prepare for IPEX 14

Have you booked your tickets for IPEX yet? We will have a Smart-binder SB-3 ‘Plus HS’ system running together with a roll unwinder and web cutter on our IBIS booth N3-D275. ....... MORE

Feb 2014: IBIS to exhibit a Smart-binder 'PLUS HS' system at IPEX 14

IBIS will demonstrate its latest model Smart-binder SB-3 'PLUS HS' on its own stand number N3-D275 in the North Hall at IPEX, ExCel, London from March 24 - 29........ MORE

Jan 2014: Confidence high as Ibis grows digital output into 15th year of business

With some more groundbreaking announcements to be made in this important 15th year of business for Ibis, and a healthy order book, there are exciting times ahead........ MORE

Oct 2013: New version 'stretched' Smart-binder ('X' model) for tabloid size output, or two up A5 portrait! Visit PRINT 13, Chicago

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new version IBIS Smart-binder which has been stretched in both length and width to increase the maximum output to tabloid format size........ MORE

Oct 2013: IBIS to exhibit at MBO's International Open House

We are exhibiting our new model Smart-Binder ‘PLUS HS’ at MBO's International Open House in Germany from 21st to 26th October 2013........ MORE

Sept 2013: Visit Booth 531 at PRINT 13, Chicago, for world premiere of Smart-binder 'Plus HS'

We will be delighted to demonstrate to you the ‘Plus HS’ producing varying thickness booklets at 160 - 180metres/min (525-590 feet/min) web speed in conjunction with an MBO roll unwinder, sheeter and dynamic buckle folder........ MORE

Aug 2013: IBIS strenghens sales and support in USA and China with new OEM partnerships

New agreements with MBO mean they are now able to distribute IBIS products in both the USA and China. IBIS Smart-binder customers in the USA may now obtain product support from Bell and Howell. Bell and Howell can provide fast response on Smart-binder maintenance, technical support, product upgrades and new replacement parts. ....... MORE

July 2013: R+V, Wiesbaden, Germany invests in a new IBIS Smart-binder

The new IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 Plus, which has provided a game-changing solution for R+V, one of Germany's largest insurance companies, has been featured in Postmaster-Magazin, one of Germany's top specialist publications covering finishing systems. ....... MORE

July 2013: IBIS Smart-binder PLUS HS breaks the sound barrier

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new higher-performance version of our Smart-binder product for production of variable page-count, digitally-printed booklets and books. ....... MORE

Mar 2013: Do you know where YOUR booklet is?

The IBIS Smart-binder is 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'! ....... MORE

Jan 2013: R+V invests in new IBIS finishing solution

IBIS 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....... MORE

Dec 2012: Article in 'PrintWeek' about 'DST Output's investiment in the Smart-binder SB3

The PrintWeek 'Me and My' feature, published 29 November 2012, focused on the benefits which the leading UK printer 'DST Output' has found from investing the IBIS Smart-binder SB-3....... MORE

Dec 2012: IBIS installs a new in-line binding saddle stitching solution in Rome

We have installed a new in-line binding saddle stitching solution for a government printer in Rome. This customized installation is the only one of its kind in the world....... MORE

Oct 2012: An article about IBIS in Printweek magazine

An article about IBIS entitled "IBIS targets US transactional market with Smart-binder SB-3 Plus" has been published in 'Printweek ‘ magazine on 16 October

Oct 2012: IBIS launches new Smart-binder 'PLUS' model in the USA

We successfully exhibited the Smart-binder ‘Plus’ at Graph Expo in Chicago, representing the launch of the new Plus model in the USA..... .. MORE

Aug 2012: 100th Smart-binder to ship to SPIRE in Boston

Two new Smart-binder "Plus" machines will perform critical roles in producing saddle-stitched booklets during the month of September, says Spire's president Rick Dyer....... MORE

April 2012: Press Release; Saddle-Stitching and Perfect Binding In The Digital Age

Despite the challenge that print faces from the plethora of current electronic devices, it still scores very high in impact with both customers and businesses. The key is to make print more relevant and immediate to the recipient....... MORE (opens a PDF file)

April 2012: IBIS at Drupa 2012

We are exhibiting our new model Smart-binder 'PLUS' saddle-stitcher in partnership with JMD Machinery on the JMD stand B10 in Hall 13. We hope to see you there...... MORE

Jan 2012: O'Neil Data and IBIS establish a long-term partnership for the future

When Los Angeles basd O'Neil Data Systems made the decision to expand eastward by opening another plant in Plano, Texas, the call was made to IBIS to acquire two more Smart-binders for this facility..... MORE

Dec 2011: 'Smart' move for Innovative Output Solutions, a leading U.K. digital colour bureau

IOS's facility in Dagenham, London, UK, recently installed an IBIS Smart-binder SB-3. The Smart-binder is used to produce variable-data personalized booklets of up to 200 pages..... MORE

Sept 2011: The off-line IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 will be on display at GRAPH EXPO in Chicago.

The off-line IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 will be on display at IBIS's Booth nr. 4058 at GRAPH EXPO in Chicago (Sept 11- 14, 2011).. .. MORE

Sept 2011: IBIS launch an in-line perfect binding system for continuous-web digital printers

IBIS announces the launch of an attractively priced in-line perfect binding system for continuous-web digital printers, called the Perfect Binder PB-600S. .. MORE

June 2011: IBIS exhibit the Smart-binder SB-3 at the Oce Production Printing Summit

IBIS are exhibiting a Smart-binder model SB-3 at the Océ Production Printing Summit held in Poing, Munich, from 7- 11th June 2011... MORE

Sept/Oct 2010: Trolley pile loader maximises Smart-binder productivity

The new-design IBIS pile loading trolley PLT-100 provides a fast and simple way to load large piles of sheets into the off-line Smart-binder sheet-feeder... MORE

Sept 2010: IBIS news Graph Expo 2010

IBIS are proud to announce that during the forthcoming Graph Expo exhibition in Chicago they will be demonstrating the IBIS Smart-binder running in-line with the Infoprint 5000 colour printer... MORE

Sept 2010: Smart-binder, a benchmark for bindery systems

The Smart-binder can be equipped with a vast array of options to allow on-line and off-line finishing of digital print, including wire stitching (including loop stitches) and ISG glue saddle-binding. No other binder comes close to the customisation options that the Smart-binder offers ... MORE

June 2010: Smart-binder shines through under the heaviest of industrial loadings

From time-to-time we are asked how productive the Smart-binder is in real production use. We recently received news from a Financial printer in the USA who recorded their best ever year with 216 million letter size pages through a single Smart-binder in 2009 ... MORE

May 2010: IPEX news

IBIS Bindery Systems are proud to be exhibiting the market-leading Smart-binder model SB-3 at IPEX ... MORE

March 2010: How are we doing?

We invite comments or suggestions regarding our present product offering. It is only by listening that we will improve and develop the products that you need for the future ... MORE

Nov 009 News bulletin: Smart-binder system modularity offers digital printers the opportunity for growth.

Whether you are already a Smart-binder owner, or whether you are looking at adding a binding capability to your print room, the modular design of the Smart-binder offers a cost-effective method of meeting your bindery needs.
The entry level SB-1 offers saddle-stitched booklet-making from online digital printers, unwinders, or pile feeders ... MORE

July 2009 News bulletin:In-line booklet production at high web speeds and light-weight paper

The speed of digital printers continues to get faster and faster, but we are pleased to confirm that our IBIS Smart-binders continue to be able to run in-line with the highest speed printers available. As printer speeds continue to increase, we will continue to provide faster finishing solutions to keep pace...MORE

June 2009 News bulletin: New IBIS transfer unit for CP Bourg BB3002 Perfect Binder

We have recently supplied our new Smart-binder perfect binding solutions to a number of different customers around the world, for the production of perfect bound books in-line with digital web and cut sheet printers...MORE

Mar 2009 News bulletin: Smart-binders exhibited at International Trade Shows

Last month, February 2009, a Smart-binder SB-3 was shown at the Hunkeler Innovation days Show in Lucerne...MORE

Feb 2009 News bulletin: IBIS exhibits the Smart-binder SB-3 at Hunkeler Innovation

We are pleased to announce that a Smart-binder SB-3 will be exhibited at the Hunkeler ·Innovation Days exhibition in Lucerne this month, in cooperation with Buhrs and Hunkeler...MORE

Jan 2009 News bulletin: IBIS Enhanced Customer Service

To ensure our customers obtain maximum value from their investment in an IBIS product, we are committed to providing ongoing product support. To this end, from January 2009 onwards we will improve our product support in the following ways:..MORE

December 2008 News bulletin: Nine critical steps when selecting a digital print finishing system

The IBIS Smart-binder system was developed specifically for producing books/ booklets from digitally printed sheets . Smart-binder models SB-1 or SB-2 produce only saddle wire-stitched booklets. The SB- 3 provides the choice of traditional saddle-stitched or saddle cold-glued books (cold gluing is becoming the preferred method due to increased book strength...MORE

November 2008 News bulletin: Digital continues to grow at Graph Expo

For those of you observing the growth of the Oce, Xerox, HP, Kodak, and IBM (Infoprint Solutions) booths at Graph Expo over the years, it·s official . Digital print technology accounted for 55% of the floor space at this year's show, displacing offset as the ·key· print technology...MORE



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Smart-binder product guide

Buckle-folder between the web-cutter and the Smart-binder

John Cracknell with Jeff Simmonds (L&R)

Smart-binder line at HID 2019

John Cracknell and James Sur, the Solvus president, at K-print

Theodore Gavalas, Alphabet with his Smart-binder SB-4 system

IBIS exhibits at HID

Rodrigo Sntelices and the Smart-binder at AMF

IBIS Smart-binder at Canon Commercial Printer Business Days, 2016

One of three IBIS Smart-binder PLUS HS VDP saddle stitchers cranking out the church bulletins at LPI, in Wisconsin

Trend's CEO Aaron Day at Drupa
with John Cracknell from IBIS

IBIS will exhibit at Drupa 2016

IBIS signs deal with Meteksan at IPEX

R+V's Smart-binder SB-3 PLUS

ibis smart-binder sb-3
Printweek article on 'DST Output'

graph expo, chicago, Oct 2012
Graph Expo, Chicago, Oct 2012

Smart-binder PLUS
Smart-binder 'PLUS'

IBIS smart binder SB-3
IBIS Smart binder SB-3s
installed at O'Neil

Perfect Binder PB-600S
Perfect Binder PB-600S

IBIS trolley pile loader
Trolley pile loader


High speed in-line booklet production
High speed in-line booklet production

IBIS Smart binder
The Smart-binder

IBIS 10th birthday
IBIS celebrates 10th birthday

IBIS Smart-binder SB-3
Smart-binder SB-3 with Buhrs
at Innovation Show

IBIS customer service
IBIS enhanced customer service


Digital Print Finishing System
Selecting a digital print finishing system

IBIS at Graph Expo 2008
IBIS at Graph Expo 2008

IBIS Smart-binder
IBIS Smart-binder

IBIS new headquarters
IBIS new headquarters

Smart-binder at Drupa 2008
Smart-binder at Drupa 2008

IBIS repeat orders
IBIS repeat orders

IBIS Smart-binder SB-4
Smart-binder SB-4

Igas 2007, off-line Smart-binder SB-3
Igas 2007, off-line Smart-binder SB-3

Graph Expo 2007, off-line Smart-binder SB-3
Graph Expo 2007, off-line Smart-binder SB-3

IBIS Smart-binder at Graph Expo 2006
IBIS Smart-binder at Graph Expo 2006

Smart-binder and Delphax printer
Smart-binder and Delphax printer

IBIS SCF interface
The new IBIS SCF interface