IBS SafetyMaster

Periodic monitoring of the press section felt condition requires a cross-profile measurement at the running machine. However, many paper mills now forbid a crossing of the running machine due to safety reasons. Furthermore, manual measurement is often impossible due to limited access, and does not always produce consistent results. With the operator now safely outside the machine, the IBS safetyMASTER is the optimal solution and guarantees:

IBS is Hiring

IBS Paper Performance Group is an internationally recognized leader in the custom design and fabrication of paper machine equipment.  Retirements and worldwide demand has created several openings at our Chesapeake, VA location. Please see details on our career page:


Since 1996, Papertech has been developing innovative camera vision systems for web, paper, pulp and steel-based production lines. With hundreds of systems installed worldwide, our TotalVision™ video event capture and WebInspection software provides fast and effective tools for solving a wide range of production line issues. For our customers this means increased line efficiency and reduced costs.

There are currently positions available at Papertech’s head office in Vancouver BC, please visit their website for more details.


IBS adds Remote Rx Service

At IBS, our success depends on the success of our customers. During these difficult times, we understand that the focus of paper mills is to keep employees safe and keep the machines running. To help our customers with the current challenges, we have created an entirely new free service, we call it Remote Rx.

What this means is that for a limited time, IBS is offering customers our papermaking expertise for free. The Remote Rx service analyzes paper machine key operating variables (KOV) and determines small changes that can be made to existing equipment to create big improvements in your machine’s runnability. A better running paper machine is a safer paper machine. Currently, IBS is offering the following free remote services to customers to help improve their performance:

  • Formation Analysis (Techpap Formation)
  • TSO Profile Analysis
  • CD Moisture Profile 2 Sigma Analysis
  • Paper Property Benchmarking Analysis
  • Drainage Analysis
  • Vacuum Analysis

How it Works: Simply contact your IBS Representative, indicate which services you are interested in and IBS will help you gather the information required to perform each analysis.

IBS and the Covid-19 Pandemic

IBS North America is maintaining service access through online tools during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meetings can be arranged through Uber, Goto, Webex, MS Teams, or other platform of your choice. We are also available through our usual service number. We are also using Augumented Reality tools for onsite service support. Please visit our contact page below or contact member companies directly through their websites for more information.

James Ross Ltd. Celebrates 60 Years in Business

Left to right: Mark Bartlemuss, Michael Mortsch, Eric Weitgasser, Andreas Sturb

James Ross Ltd., located in Tincap just north of Brockville Ontario, recently celebrated its 60-year anniversary. The company was founded by Mr. James A. Ross in 1959 in Lachine, Quebec and began designing and manufacturing machinery and components for the growing pulp & paper industry in eastern Canada. With a move to new headquarters in Brockville in 1972, James Ross was now positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the heart of Canada’s manufacturing sector.

The official celebration took place at the company headquarters with current and previous employees, as well as local suppliers and partners invited for the festivities. Local MP Michael Barrett, MPP Steve Clark, and Elizabethtown Mayor Brant Burrow were on hand to present James Ross managers with a certificate recognizing their 60 years as a local employer and member of the business community.

They, as well as the approximately 200 in attendance, enjoyed a generous BBQ lunch with seating inside the JRL facility.

Tours of the building were running all day, with a demonstration of our laser cutting abilities taking place in the afternoon. Capping of the celebrations were award presentations from the dignitaries in attendance, and speeches from the two previous General Managers, as well as the current General Manager, Michael Mortsch.

The event was also attended by representatives of the IBS Paper Performance Group, the parent company of James Ross Ltd since 2000. Mark Bartelmuss, son of IBS owner Klaus Bartelmuss, was there to represent IBS, along with Technical Director Eric Weitgasser. Mark presented the vision for the group of IBS Multinational Companies of which JRL is a part. The plans are for growth, with healthy investment in the James Ross location paving the way for a bright future in the Brockville region.

For more information on James Ross Ltd., please visit their website at www.jamesross.ca

James Ross Specialty Manufacturing Services

For over 55 years James Ross Limited has been a leading supplier of Pulp & Paper Equipment. ​ As a member of the IBS Paper Performance Group, James Ross Ltd is supported by and global network promoting the latest innovations in manufacturing and design for the pulp & paper industries.

For more information on James Ross Limited, please visit their website at www.jamesross.ca

James Ross Limited, based in Elizabethtown, Ontario, Canada, provides a wide range of machining and manufacturing services to the paper industry.

Getting to Know IBS in North America

The IBS Paper performance group is based in Teufenbach, Austria, but has a long history in North America as well. Beginning with the first IBS of America office in Chesapeake Virginia in 1979, the North American group has grown to include five separate companies including the most recent acquisition Papertech, located in Vancouver British Columbia. Over the coming months, please check back to this blog for updates on the activities and offerings of all the companies listed on this website. As the needs of consumers change, the paper industry looks to IBS for ways to develop new products and increase efficiency in their operations.