High-speed copier tabs are blank, printable tab divider sets that allow any organization to create custom index tabs through their printer. They are available in a variety of standard configurations, which gives the user the ability to select the exact layout that fits their document binding needs without having to pay for custom tab blanks.
Why Should You Use Printable Index Tabs?
If your business is sending all of its training manual printing and binding to outside vendors, then you will experience considerable savings by bringing them in-house. Preparing your own presentation materials internally also helps to expedite edits and revisions, making your organization more responsive in time-sensitive situations. If you work in the legal, pharmaceutical, insurance, or financial industries (or any other industry that handles sensitive documents), then preparing your own reports internally with custom printed tabs will allow you to maintain a high level of privacy for your clients.
Bank – Each full row (or set) of tabs is referred to as a “bank” (also called “tab cut”). The bank size is usually written in one of two ways – “X bank” or “1/X cut” (where “X” is the number of tabs in the bank). The most popular tab bank is five tabs (“5 bank” or “1/5 cut”), though bank sizes ranging from three to ten are commonly available.
Collation – The order in which pages are sorted is referred to as “collation.” See the “Collation Styles” section for specific information regarding available index tab collation styles.
Mylar – This clear, printable coating reinforces the tabs, making them tear resistant. Mylar reinforced tabs are highly recommended for use when creating frequently-handled documents like pricelists or training manuals.
Punch Pattern – The punch pattern indicates number of holes that are present in the paper. Three-hole punched tabs are designed to fit standard-sized three-ring binders. The 19-hole punch pattern is the standard pattern for comb binding. Unpunched tabs are also available to allow users to punch them to their own specifications, including 43- or 44-hole coil binding, 2:1 or 3:1 pitch wire binding, or 11-hole VeloBind patterns.
Reverse Collated: Also called “single reverse collated” or “single reverse.” The tabs are collated in reverse order (i.e. 5-4-3-2-1). This style is most commonly used in copier models from the Xerox DocuTech family as well as machines from Kodak, Canon, IBM, Heidelberg, Océ, Ricoh, and many others.
Straight Collated: Also called “single straight collated” or “single straight.” The tabs are collated in order (i.e. 1-2-3-4-5). These tabs are used in the Xerox DocuColor family as well as copier models by Savin, Toshiba, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Gestetner, and Canon.
Uncollated: The tabs are sorted in groups by tab (i.e. all 1, all 2, all 3, all 4, all 5). These are the most universal collation style as they can be used by any machine capable of printing index tabs.