By: Norman Beange
Reprinted from The Binding Edge
Issue: Fall 1998
the most frequent mistake you see in bindery operations?
A: Many binders would have
different answers to this question. Some of the most common problems are:
- Should the drilled hole size be 1/4 or 5/16 inch?
- Confusion between the words "sheets" and "pages" (100 sheets
equals 200 pages); and
- Wrong lips on saddle stitched signatures.
The mistake I see most frequently involves customers printing on tabs
that are subsequently laminated with mylar. There are a number of different printing
styles for mylar tabs. Print style refers to the position in which the printing will be
placed on the sheet. The best explanation on print style is to consider the following:
||Style A is sometime referred to as "head to
head," because when the tabs are laid flat, the head, or the top of the letter on the
front, would touch the head of the letter on the back side of the tab. This is the most
common of print styles, and it is used in manuals where the sheets are turned left to
|Style B is sometimes known as "stacked-style' tabs,
which is obvious by the way the letters are stacked on top of one another. Stacked style
should not be used if a tab in the set has several characters. Style B works best for
numerical and alphabetical tab usage.
||Style C is used infrequently. This style is only requested
when the client wants numerical or alphabetical identification combined with copy. Style C
is a mixture of Style A and B.
Style D is called "foot-to-head" tabs, because
the base, or foot, of the type would touch the head, or top, of the letters on the
opposite side of the tab. This print style is used when the tabs are flipped away from the
user and not folded over to the back cover. Style D is commonly used for law office files.
||Style E is referred to as "foot to foot" because
when laid flat, the base of the type touches the foot of the type on the back side. This
style is used in manuals that have tabs that flip away from the user and over the back of
the manual. Flip-chart easels and teepee binders use style E.