Extra Savings on Overstocked Products!

Have you been looking for the best deals on binding and laminating supplies? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Lamination Depot’s clearance section! From deals on overstocked products to savings on recently discontinued items, you’ll find a wide selection of products at prices that are impossible to beat. New items are being added often, so be sure to visit our clearance area frequently to take advantage of these special offers before they are gone! These limited-time deals are only available while supplies last.

Create Your Own Custom Dividers with Printable Index Tabs!

High-speed copier tabs from Lamination Depot 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.

Glossary

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.

Collation Styles

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.

Index Tab Collation Examples

Which Copier Models are Index Tabs Compatible With?

Lamination Depot’s printable index tabs are compatible with a wide variety of popular copier models, including copy machines by Canon, Xerox, Ricoh, Toshiba, Konica Minolta, Kodak, and IBM. Click here for a complete list of compatible copiers.

Troubleshooting Common Problems

Click here for a brief overview of common copier tab issues, along with helpful tips for resolving them.

Free Index Tab Templates

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Custom Slot Punching Now Available!

Have you ever shopped for pre-punched laminating pouches, only to find that the size that you need is not available with a slot punch? Or do you have specialty punching needs, such as multiple slots or unusual slot placement, but don’t have the time or slot-punching equipment to do the punching yourself? Then you’ll love Lamination Depot’s new slot punching service! We’ll punch any size pouch with a 9/16″ x 1/8″ (14mm x 3mm) slot for only $10 per hundred, with a turnaround time of five business days. This convenient service is available by calling us at 1-800-925-0054.

Custom Slot Punching from Lamination Depot

The PaperLock Binding Machine: An Eco-Friendly Binding System

Ecologically-friendly products are continuing to grow in popularity, and Earth-conscious binding solutions are no exception. Though many binding systems have traditionally used plastic spines to secure documents, an innovative new system uses paper to create secure and attractive binds with ease. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the PaperLock binding machine, a powerful, table-top binder that offers a number of unique benefits.

PaperLock Binding System

The Basics

The PaperLock binding system uses adhesive-backed paper strips to create secure, eco-friendly bound documents. Though the machine itself does not perform any punching, it utilizes the same 19-hole punch pattern as traditional comb binding. To bind with the PaperLock system, begin by inserting your pre-punched document into the binding slot and clamping it in place. Insert the appropriate size of PaperComb into the holes and remove the adhesive backing, then use the Overturning Panel to flip the comb onto the document. Once the comb has been turned onto the spine, simply pull the binding handle down to complete the bind. After you have loosened the clamp, retrieve your finished document from the binding slot.

Benefits

Like presentations bound with plastic binding combs, documents bound with the PaperLock system lay completely flat when opened, making them ideal for reports and proposals. Because the spine is flush against the surface of the paper, the resulting documents are easy to stack, file, and mail. PaperComb spines are secure and tamper-proof by nature, however you can add an extra layer of protection by signing or applying a company stamp across the seam of the bind – a feature that is unique to this binding style. Since the binding spines are made of paper, they are Earth-friendly and biodegradable, which is why a growing number of environmentally-conscious organizations have begun to use them in place of traditional comb binding spines made of plastic. Unlike plastic combs which require users to stock a broad range of sizes to accommodate different documents, PaperCombs can bind as few as four pages or as many as 200 with only three sizes. They are available in many attractive colors that will compliment any corporate brand identity.

In Review

The PaperLock binding system is an innovative machine that transforms paper strips into secure and attractive binding spines. The machine itself is easy to use, however it does require the use of pre-punched paper in the 19-hole comb binding pattern, as it doesn’t perform any punching. If your organization has been looking for a way to bind documents without having to use traditional plastic spines, then the PaperLock binder may be a great solution for you.

Transparency Film: A Versatile Substrate with Endless Possibilities

Transparency film has been widely-used within the educational industry for decades, however the development of versatile, new film styles that are compatible with common copier machines has gained them popularity with many other professional organizations. In this post, we’ll cover the basics of the various styles of transparency film, and provide some insight into ways that they are being used in professional environments.

The Basics

Transparencies are thin, flexible sheets of clear material (generally cellulose acetate) that can be written or printed on for use in presentations and reports. Some styles have sensing stripes, which are narrow strips of removable paper that run down one side of the transparency and help copier machines detect the film as it moves through the rollers. To determine whether or not your machine requires that transparency film sheets have sensing stripes, consult the owner’s manual (or visit the manufacturer’s website) for more information.

Transparency Film Varieties

There are four varieties of transparency film – write-on film, plain paper copier film, laser film, and inkjet film. Write-on film is commonly used with overhead projectors, and can be purchased in pre-cut sheets or bulk rolls. It is most frequently used in conjunction with dry erase markers, which allow the user to write non-permanent messages, but permanent markers can also be used to create non-removable markings. Plain paper copier film is specially designed to run through plain paper copiers, allowing you to create large quantities of identical transparencies in either color or black-and-white. Laser film is similar to plain paper copier film in that it can be used to make a high volume of black-and-white or color prints, however it is made to work specifically within laser printers. Inkjet film allows the ink from standard inkjet printers to adhere to the film, but often requires extra drying time and the use of special print settings.

Uses

When used with overhead projectors, write-on transparencies provide a great visual aid for presentations and conferences, since they allow the speaker to make illustrative notes and sketches that correspond with questions from the audience. Plain paper copier films, laser films, and inkjet films make eye-catching inserts into bound documents, as they can be used to create overlays in employee training manuals, financial reports, or even legal presentations. Transparencies even have craft applications, and can be used to add interest to scrapbook pages and art projects, especially when personal photos are printed onto them.

In Review

With all of the assorted varieties available on the market, transparency film makes an excellent addition to any school or office environment. From the board room to the classroom, these versatile films have almost limitless applications, such as providing visual aids during presentations, creating custom overlays in company manuals, or even for making unique art projects. To ensure proper performance, it is important that you select the proper transparency style for your purposes: write-on film for use with dry erase markers, plain paper copier film works with plain paper copiers, laser printers utilize laser film, and inkjet film is designed for inkjet printers. If you choose to use any of the varieties made for copiers or printers, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for complete usage instructions and to determine if your machine requires the use of a sensing stripe.

56 New Reasons to Bind with Screw Posts!

In our post “Getting to Know Screw Posts: A Binding Solution with a Twist,” we introduced you to screw posts (also called “Chicago screws”) – versatile, inexpensive, and popular binding posts that are reusable and easy-to-edit. Now, we’d like to share the newest additions to our collection of screw posts. Lamination Depot now carries 56 new varieties, including black-, antique brass-, and gold-finished aluminum posts as well as multi-function plastic posts in black and white. In this post, we’ll recap some of the benefits of this unique binding style and take a look at the new screw posts that are now available.

Screw Posts from Lamination Depot

The Basics

A screw post is made up of two separate pieces – a threaded post attached to a head and a cylinder attached to a matching head. To create a bound item, a hole is first punched through the documents to be bound. The cylinder is inserted into the hole, and then the threaded post is inserted into the cylinder and tightened. Because the heads are of a larger diameter than the hole, the documents remain securely bound between them. To make changes within the bound document, simply unscrew the threaded post from the cylinder, insert your revised documents, and reassemble the screw post.

New Styles

In addition to our popular, silver-finished aluminum Chicago screws, we now carry aluminum posts in goldblack, and antique brass finishes. All of our aluminum screw posts have the following specifications:

Outside Post Diameter: 3/16″
Screw Head Diameter: 7/16″
Screw Head Height: 1/16″ (top and bottom heads will add a combined 1/8″ to post length)
Screw Posts 3/8″ & Smaller: Post is threaded all the way through
Screw Posts 1/2″ & Larger: Post is threaded on one side
Recommended Hole Size: 1/4″-5/16″

Our new plastic screw posts, which are available in black and white, offer the same features of our aluminum binding posts as well as a special permanent binding capability not available on other screw posts. To create a standard, removable bind, slowly twist the screw into the post, threading it into position. For those projects that require a more secure, permanent bind, simply snap the screw directly into the post (without twisting), which locks the post into position. The threads have barbs that lock the post into place when inserted by pushing as opposed to twisting.

In Review

Screw posts are a great way to quickly and easily bind documents of all sizes, without needing a machine or other specialized equipment. With 56 new binding posts now available, there is a post style for every application, from elegant menus and eye-catching swatch books to oversized blueprints and thick manuscripts. In addition to standard, reusable aluminum posts that are available in four finishes, new plastic binding posts give users the option to create permanent binds by snapping the posts into place instead of twisting them. If you have the need to bind something, but don’t have the budget to invest in new equipment, then you should definitely give screw posts a try.

Get Organized with Dry Erase Boards, Corkboards & Chalkboards!

From schools and offices to kitchens and dorm rooms, almost everyone has some sort of memo or bulletin board to help them share ideas and stay organized. In this post, we’ll discuss the three most common styles of boards, along with the unique characteristics of each.

Display Boards by Board Dudes

Dry Erase Boards

Also referred to as “whiteboards,” dry erase boards have slick, coated surfaces that enable the user to write non-permanent messages with specialized markers. They are frequently used for presentation purposes in schools and offices, but they have been gaining popularity with home users, especially since the release of decorative and specialized models (such as calendars and “chore charts”). Whiteboards are surprisingly versatile, with large boards doubling as projection surfaces for digital and traditional projectors. Markings made on dry erase boards are more resistant to environmental factors (such as water) than messages written on chalkboards, and they do not generate dust like chalk does, which allows them to be used in dust-sensitive atmospheres.

In addition to standard dry erase board styles, Lamination Depot stocks a number of specialty boards, including magnetic boards, calendars, combo boards (which have both cork and dry erase sections), designer boards with decorative frames, and unframed “tile” boards.

Chalkboards

Chalkboards (also called “blackboards”) have been present in classrooms around the world for many years. They were originally crafted from slabs of slate, but modern chalkboards can be made from steel covered in porcelain enamel or a board covered in a dark paint that has a matte finish. Sticks of calcium sulphate (commonly referred to as “chalk”) are used to make non-permanent markings on the boards, which are easily removed using soft felt erasers. Though many schools have started transitioning from chalkboards to dry erase boards, they are increasingly popular in homes, where they are often used to jot down notes and lists. Chalkboards tend to generate some dust when used regularly, however they are odor-free (unlike the markers used on dry erase boards, which can have a strong odor).

Cork Boards

Cork boards (also called “bulletin boards”) are made of soft, spongy cork that allows the user to pin and remove papers, photos, and other items. Unlike dry erase and chalkboards, cork boards do not allow the user to write and erase messages, but the ease of adding and removing documents has made them a regular fixture in many community centers and universities. Many chalkboard and dry erase board styles are now incorporating cork sections to allow users to have the ability to write non-permanent messages and pin items up side-by-side. No specialized supplies are required to use a cork board – any small tack, pin, or even staple can be used to secure documents.

Accessories

Dry erase markers and erasers are the most widely used board accessories, due to the popularity of dry erase boards. The markers themselves possess a number of qualities that make them preferable over chalk, including that they do not aggravate allergies and asthma in the way that chalk does and are available in a much larger color palette. Like other types of markers, they are offered in a variety of tip sizes and styles, including point and chisel. Dry erasers are similar in look and function to chalk erasers, but they have a softer surface to help prevent scratches. There are also many creative accessories on the market, such as decorative magnets, magnetic document clips, eraser-topped markers, and markers with magnetic tassels.

In Review

Whether you’re looking to enhance your conference room presentations, make classroom lessons come to life, help your college-bound teen stay organized, or simply have a place to jot down occasional notes and lists, you’ll find that a dry erase board, chalkboard, or cork board will fit your needs. They’re versatile, inexpensive, and available in a wide range of features and styles.

Lamination Depot carries more than 35 dry erase boardschalkboardscorkboards, and accessories from Board Dudes, one of the leading manufacturers in the presentation industry.

An Overview of Thermal Binding: Customizable & Professional

Have you been looking for a way to create stylish, secure, and professional-looking bound documents within your own office or home? In this post, we will provide an overview of thermal binding – a steadily growing binding style that is both customizable and attractive.

The Basics

There are two types of thermal binding – binding with an adhesive spine and binding with sets of pronged plastic bars (commonly referred to as “VeloBind spines”). The most popular thermal binding style involves the application of an adhesive-lined spine to a set of documents using a specialized machine that heats the spine and melts the glue, allowing adhesive to permeate the documents and create a bind. These spines are available in a few styles, including varieties that have pre-attached covers in both soft- and hard-cover formats. VeloBind-style binding is preferred by people looking to create tamper-proof binds, as it is impossible to edit without having to rebind the document. To bind with these spines, the user punches the documents with the proper hole pattern, inserts the pronged side through the holes and then slides the flat side onto the prongs. The document is then placed into a VeloBind binding machine, which trims the prongs to size and melts the ends to secure the bind.

Thermal Binding with Binding StripsThermal Binding with VeloBind Spines

Thermal Binding Spines

Adhesive-lined thermal spines are generally offered in four styles: binding strips, utility coverssoft covers, and hard covers. Binding strips do not have any covers attached, and are available in a wide range of colors and widths. Utility covers are pre-made soft covers that have paper backs and clear front covers. Because they are pre-assembled, they are only available in a specific range of sizes with select paper stocks for the backs. For those looking to create a more individualized bound document, custom covers are a great option. Available in both soft- and hard-cover styles, custom covers enable the user to select the finish, stock, and size, and allow for the addition of personalized lettering or graphics. With only a few covers varieties available as stock styles, many of the covers have to be custom ordered which makes them somewhat more expensive than VeloBind spines and requires additional processing time.

VeloBind spines (also called “hot knife strips”) are available in 9-, 11-, and 14-pin varieties, which accommodate binding on 8 1/2”, 11” and 14” paper. They are able to secure up to 750 pages in a single book, making them the preferred choice for large documents. Though they are not customizable like the adhesive-lined covers, hot knife strips do come in a broad range of attractive colors. Since they are all stock items, the turnaround on purchasing VeloBind strips is generally faster and the cost is lower.

Thermal Binding Machines

Thermal binding machines that perform perfect binding with adhesive strips or covers are extremely easy to operate and require no punching. Simply insert the document into the cover or strip, place it into the opening of the machine, and allow to heat for the specified amount of time. The resulting bind is neat and permanent, and the customizable nature of the covers makes perfect binding a popular choice with many businesses.

Binding with VeloBind spines requires punching with a specialized hole pattern before performing the thermal bind, which generally means that the machines cost more than other thermal binding systems. Because of the additional punching step, VeloBinding is commonly regarded as being one of the most secure and tamper-resistant binding styles, which is why it is often used in binding legal documents.

To learn more about any of the thermal binding machines available at Lamination Depot, visit our thermal binding equipment section.

In Review

Creating professional-looking bound documents is easy with thermal binding. With two distinct styles to choose from, users are able to decide between security and the ability to customize to create a document that fits their specific needs. Each of the two methods only requires the use of a single machine, with no additional crimpers, closers, or other specialized equipment required. Perfect binding generally requires less of an initial investment, since the thermal binding machines are not as expensive, but the spines themselves are often custom and therefore cost more. VeloBinding machines cost more upfront because they perform a punching function in addition to the thermal binding function, but the hot knife binding strips are usually stock items, and are less expensive than custom perfect binding covers. Regardless of which style you choose, thermal binding is a great way to create bound documents that look and feel professionally-made at a reasonable cost.

GlueGliders Review: Take the Mess out of Mounting!

Take the mess out of your next mounting project by trading in your traditional adhesives for GlueGliders! Whether you’re bonding foams, fabrics or fibers to any substrate, GlueGliders MAX adhesive applicators make it possible. Their pressure-sensitive adhesives form an instant bond, leaving no mess, residue or odor. They provide a quick and easy solution for a variety of packaging, printing, manufacturing, and assembly applications.

GlueGliders MAX Adhesive Gun

The Basics

GlueGliders MAX Guns are handheld adhesive applicators that apply a layer of glue from a specialized cartridge to nearly any substrate. The cartridges come in two styles – Adhesive Squares and PermaTac – in a variety of adhesion strengths and sizes. To apply the adhesive onto a substrate, simply press the tip against the surface and pull the gun toward you. The versatile adhesives stick to corrugated surfaces, wood, metal, plastic, porous surfaces, foams, fabric, and more.

Adhesives

Adhesive Squares cartridges contain 1/2” x 1/2” squares of glue, available in Medium Tac, High Tac, and Super-High Tac (all of which are low profile 12 mil adhesive). By the nature of their square shape, Adhesive Squares provide exact application standards every time, so you have one less variable to worry about during your gluing process. PermaTac cartridges are continuous rolls of adhesive available in 1/2” and 1” widths, in both Medium Tac and High Tac adhesion strengths (all of which are low profile 12 mil adhesive). Because the PermaTac cartridges apply a steady line of adhesive, they are ideal for large projects, such as mounting posters.

Adhesive Squares are also available in bulk rolls for use without a GlueGlider MAX Gun. They are offered in two sizes – 1/2” x 1/2” and 3” x 3” – in low (12 mil), medium (25 mil), and high (40-50 mil) profiles at adhesion strengths ranging from Medium Tac to Super-High Tac. Since they are manually applied, the bulk rolls of Adhesive Squares are an excellent choice for projects like gift baskets and other packaging applications.

Benefits

The major benefit of the GlueGlider MAX Gun is the ease of use. Unlike liquid adhesives, glue applied with the GlueGlider MAX Gun does not run or smear, meaning that there is less mess and no clean-up. In addition, the gun applies adhesive directly where you want it, making for a more accurate adhesion process. The adhesive used by this system is specially formulated, with no VOCs or solvents, eliminating both the risk of burns and environmental disposal concerns. The formulation has been approved by the FDA, and has been medically certified for direct skin contact.

In Review

With its no-fuss application and high quality adhesives, the GlueGlider MAX Gun is a great fit for the construction site or the craft room (and everywhere in between). The adhesive itself is top-notch, with a wide selection of adhesion strengths and profiles available on the market. The gun has been specifically designed to stand up to years of use with little to no adhesive build-up on the internal gears. The initial investment may be more than buying a container of your favorite adhesive, however the time that you save (both during application and clean-up) will likely make up for the additional expense.

An Overview of Popular Binding Cover Styles

Binding your own reports, presentations, and training manuals can be an easy and inexpensive way to add an extra level of professionalism to your printed materials. Selecting the right covers for your bound documents can be almost as important as polishing the contents within, since the covers will be the first thing that the reader will see. In this post, we will explore the three main categories of traditional binding covers and discuss some of the benefits of each style.

Clear Binding Covers

Clear binding covers are traditionally used as a front cover for business reports, proposals, and employee manuals, both because of their classic look and because they allow the contents of the first page to be read without the book being opened. They also make a great, low-cost substitute for custom-printed covers, since they enable any standard-sized sheet of paper to function as a cover page.

There are five standard varieties of clear covers: PVC covers, non-glare covers, heat-resistant covers, matte-suede translucent covers, and matte-gloss translucent covers. PVC covers are traditionally the most popular clear cover style, with the widest range of sizes and thicknesses available. Non-glare covers are a newer addition to the marketplace, but they are quickly gaining popularity because of their glare-free finish. Heat-resistant covers are designed to withstand the extreme temperatures of thermal binding (or for use in other high-temperature environments). Matte-suede binding covers are tear- and scratch-resistant, with a smooth, matte finish on one side and a pebbled texture with a frosted finish on the other side. Matte-gloss covers feature a glossy finish on one side and a satin-like, anti-reflective finish on the other to help reduce glare.

Poly Binding Covers

Poly binding covers are made from durable polypropylene, and are most often used as a back cover on bound documents. Because they are made of sturdy, opaque plastic, these covers are also frequently used on legal or financial documents. They are available in a number of colors, opacities, thicknesses, and textures, including decorative finishes such as diamond plate and hologram.

There are six, distinct poly cover finishes available: crystal, grain, hologram, leather, stripe, and sand. The most popular texture is leather, which is offered in two thicknesses (16mil and 20mil), a plethora of creative colors, and features a glossy finish similar to that of treated leather. Crystal texture covers are made of 16mil, translucent polypropylene, and have a diamond plate finish. Hologram covers are semi-transparent, with a reflective, holographic finish in a 16mil thickness. Grain texture covers are opaque with a medium texture, satin finish, and are available in a robust, 19mil thickness. Sand texture covers are opaque with a fine texture, satin finish, and come in a 12mil thickness. Striped covers are translucent, featuring a fine, grooved texture in a 12mil thickness.

Paper Binding Covers

Paper binding covers are made from embossed paper and are 100% recyclable, making them an eco-friendly alternative to polypropylene binding covers. They are offered in fewer textures and thicknesses than the poly covers, but they are considerably less expensive. Like poly binding covers, paper covers are frequently used as back covers or for binding sensitive documents.

There are a total of three textures of paper binding covers: grain, leatherette, and linen weave. Grain covers are classic and professional – available in a 16mil thickness, with a medium texture, satin finish. Leatherette covers are eye-catching and dynamic, featuring a leather-like, matte finish on 12mil (80#) stock. Linen weave covers make an impact, with a texture similar to woven linen and a matte finish on 12mil (80#) stock.

In Review

Whether you’re looking for a cover that’s versatile, colorful, creative, durable, or all of the above, it’s easy to find a cover that fills all of your needs. Clear covers are the most widely-used of all styles, as their transparent nature makes them ideal front covers. Poly binding covers are available in the most colors and textures, and are commonly used as back covers or for sensitive documents that require privacy. Paper covers are similar in appearance and usage as poly binding covers, but they are more eco-friendly since they are 100% recyclable. Be sure to shop Lamination Depot’s selection of binding covers, featuring a variety of sizes, textures, and colors – all available at the guaranteed lowest prices.