MyBinding Knowledge Base
What should I look for in Index Tab Dividers?
If your organization binds large reports, presentations or proposals, then chances are you should consider using index tabs, if you haven’t already. Index tab dividers can be bound right into your document to help organize the contents and make it easier to read and reference. However, if you are interested in creating your own index tabs or ordering custom index tabs you will have some decisions to make.
- Color of index tabs. Index tabs are most commonly produced in white but they can be special ordered in either cream or a number of other custom colors. Keep in mind, those who are on budgets, that white will be the most cost effective choice.
- Weight of paper that tabs are created from. The most common choices are 90lb index and 110lb index. Other weights are available but are usually considered custom.
- Size of paper that tabs are made from. Standard index tabs will be letter sized with a ½” tab extension from the side of the divider. Tabs can also be ordered in half letter size, legal size and even in 11” x 17” size depending on your needs.
- Reinforced edge or not. A clear laminate can be added to the binding edge of your index tab to prevent it from ripping out of your document. This is especially useful for documents that are frequently referenced.
- How many tabs. This question really has two parts. First, you need to decide what cut of tabs that you want (how many tabs will the edge of your document be split into). Second, you will need to determine the total number of tabs that you want in each set. If you needed an alphabetical index of tab dividers you could order a single bank of 25th cut tabs or you could order 5 banks of 5th cut tabs. It really depends on what you are looking for.
- Placement of the tabs. You can choose to place the tabs on the long or the short edge of the document depending on the side of the book that you are planning on binding.
- Printing on the tabs. You will need to decide if you are going to need to print anything on the body of the index divider. You will also need to choose the text to place on each of the index tabs. Index tabs can be printed on both sides or just one side.
- Coated tabs or not. The tabs can be coated with a Mylar sealant that will keep them from being damaged or bent. This sealant can be clear or can be in one of about ten transparent color choices.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)