Terminology

In this section for clarity we will assume the set of dividers are A4 portrait with the tabs extending from the divider down the right hand long side. Many sizes and both portrait and landscape orientations are available.

What is a bank set?

The “bank” is the number of tabs that will fit down the full height of the sheet. If 5 tabs would fit evenly and you can still read all 5 tabs with no gaps between them, than that is a “5 bank” set. Also, the number of tabs in a bank to be viewed at once - i.e. with no overlaps - determines the height of the tab extension itself. A “3 bank” tab would be taller than a tab in a “7 bank” set. As the number of tabs increases the height of the tab decreases and the amount of space available for text on the tab reduces. If more tabs are needed - say 12, and several words are required on each tab a common solution is to arrange the tabs in 2 banks of 6 tabs each or even 3 banks of 4. This allows for more or larger print on each tab but obviously not all tabs can be viewed at once.

What is “to view”?

The term “to view” means the same as “bank set”. ie “5 part to view” is the same as “5 bank set”.

How big will my tabs be?

It is usual to make a divider the size of the sheets it will be separating plus the extension of the tab. In our example an A4 sheet is 210 mm wide and 297 mm high. Our tabs extend 12.7 mm from the long edge on the right.. The overall size of the divider will therefore be 222.7 mm wide and 297 mm high. A 12.7 mm strip of the divider above and below the tab is removed during manufacture leaving an A4 sheet with a tab protruding to the right. The height of each tab will be 297 mm less a 6.35 mm margin top and bottom divided by the number of tabs in the bank. For example, the tabs in a 5 bank set are about 57 mm high.

What is the “Mylar” or “Lamination” on the tab extension?

The laminated coating applied to the tab is sometimes referred to as “mylar” or “lamination”. Either term is fine. The tab extension takes a lot of abuse when in use in a binder or catalogue and the reinforcing helps to reduce wear and maintain the appearance.

What colours are available for the mylar or lamination on the tab extension?

Irish Tabs can offer 11 standard colours: Clear, Yellow, Light Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink, Purple, Medium Blue, Light Blue, Medium Green and Light Green.

Can the tabs be printed in any colour ink?

YES! We can print the tab extension and any body copy required in any colour.

What is “body copy”?

Body copy is the printing that is on the main part of the divider (the body) as opposed to the tab extension. Some customers use the “body copy” to contain a form for file entry or a chapter listing / title for presentation binders. We can print the body with text and/or a photo quality graphic, even a different graphic on each divider in a set!

What does “Mylar” mean”?

A Dupont trade name for a tough, practically untearable polyester film which is heat sealed over tabs to provide protection and colour. Mylar strips can also be sealed to the binding edge of sheets to prevent “tear out” from 2 or 4-hole ring binders.

What does “reinforced binding edge” mean?

The binding edge is the edge of the divider where the holes are punched - in our example the left hand long edge. Before we punch the divider, we generally apply a mylar coating to the back side of the sheet where it is to be punched to reinforce it to prevent tear out of the holes and therefore make it last longer with heavy use.

What does “tab position” mean?

The placement of each tab in a bank is called it’s position. In our example, the 2nd position would be the 2nd tab from the top.

What does “punched 8 cm” mean?

Dividers are usually punched with either 2 or 4 holes to fit in a binder. The standard spacing for these holes is 80 mm or 8 cm. The holes are centered on the sheet at an equal distance from the top and bottom of the sheet.