We offer a wide variety of index tabs to organize the information in your binders. We can produce them in poly or paper. There are many specifications that go into the tabs that will work best for you.
How We Refer to index tabs can be confusing. We use the quantity of full sets needed and then the tabs per set to calculate your price. For example, if you have 50 binders to fill and there are 8 sections per binder, we would say 50 sets of 8, 1/8th cut. We sometimes refer to a “bank” of tabs which are the tabs you can view at one time. Using the above example, you may want them to be a larger 1/4th cut tab as opposed to a much smaller 1/8th cut tab. We would then say 50 sets of 8, 1/4th cut, 2 banks of 4. You would only be able to see tabs 1-4 at first glance until you flip tab 4 and see the second “bank” of 5-8. This is sometimes driven by the size of your tab titles or just by the look you prefer. There is no extra charge for this. The chart below shows the size of the different tab cuts. This shows only up to 1/8th cut but you can actually have as many as 22 (a-z usually) in one bank.
Paper Stock most commonly used would be 90 lb. and 110 lb. weights. The 90 lb. weight is perfect for most applications. If you want a slightly more rigid paper, there is an upcharge for the 110 lb weight. These paper stocks come in blue, yellow, buff, ivory and grey as well. If you would like to use something other than a white stock and we can go over that at the time of quote.
Mylar is a coating we can put on your paper tabs and/or binding edge. It keeps your tabs from getting dirty and worn out and can add color. When a clear strip is applied to the binding edge it keeps your paper from ripping and pulling out of your binder. It comes in clear and many colors and adds very little to your pricing so we do recommend it.
Poly Stock is available in 15 or 23 gauge polyethylene and comes in 19 colors. This material is designed to last for long periods of time and can be wiped clean. No mylar or mylar reinforcing is needed on this type of tab.
Overall Size will be your sheet size and either a ¼” or ½” tab extension. The ½” extension is the most common, there is no price difference. The ½” extension will allow you 2 lines of type for longer titles and your type would be horizontally centered if you only need one line. Standard sheet size is 11 x 8 ½” but these can be done in other many other common sizes, legal and A4 as well.
Tab Orientation tells us where you want your tabs to be. They can be on the top, bottom or the right side. The chart below shows the 6 options available. The vertical/horizontal side tabs are generally used in typical binder applications and are most common. The vertical/horizontal bottom tabs are mostly used in a medical or legal application. The vertical/horizontal top tabs are shown not drilled as they are most normally used as a file guide of sorts and not in bound in type application.
Printing on your tabs is usually done in black ink on 1 or 2 sides, the pricing is the same. For poly tabs we normally print on 1 side only so there is no bleed through from the back. If you want to use a colored ink to match your logo or if that’s just your preference, there is an upcharge for that. On paper tabs you can usually obtain the color combination you want on the tabs by choosing a mylar color or colors with no upcharge. Your tabs could be plain as well if you like to print them yourself or use a label. You can also have body copy on the sheet itself. Depending on whether it’s in black or color, stays the same or changes on each page, or bleeds off the edge, we would need to see what you have before we can quote you.
Drilling the binding edge of your tabs is a common practice. The two most common would be a standard 3-hole drill at the side, and a 2-hole drill at the top. We can however drill them in whatever manner you need for your binder accommodation. They can also be undrilled if you are binding with a spiral binding or just using your tabs as a file guide. You would indicate to us at the time of quote how you would like them drilled since there really is no standard for this.
Collation of your tabs is a way for you to save time when putting your binders together. We can collate them into full sets (1 tab of each position) and when inserting them into your binders you can simply put in the entire set or insert the tabs into your copy. This eliminates the need to have stacks of every tab in front of you, a much simpler process and widely used. We can, of course, leave them uncollated (separate stacks of each tab) if that’s what you prefer. We can also shrink wrap your tabs in single sets or multiple tab sets.