It can be difficult to know what to buy when you don’t know what you’re looking at it. We know that the presentation packaging industry has a lot of jargon. On top of that, there are so many options out there that it can be overwhelming. To make all of this a little clearer, we’ve assembled a glossary of sorts for those elusive terms.
1. Straight Cut
Edges are cut straight by the cutter without any additional techniques. It works for materials that don’t fray such as vinyl.
Toothed edge or zig-zag cut that is associated with fabric swatches. Works well with upholstery fabric and is named after the pinking shears used in sewing.
Thread is sewn around the perimeter for a nice, expensive looking finish.
4. Chained & Grommeted
Swatches are drilled and have metal rings inserted before being linked by a chain. This can be used to store a lot of different SKU’s of memos and is often cheaper than a stack book.
5. Back Printed
If the material allows it, memos can have information such as the color name and dimensions printed on the back.
When materials are not as receptive, they can be labeled on the back with a separate sheet.
A ticket is applied to the card stock with the logo on the front and the product information on the back.
8. Framed Edges
Edges are framed by gluing paper stock on the back.
Only the top of the swatch is glued so that you can feel the edges and back of the material.
10. Battle Ribbon
Swatches are glued right next to each other in a horizontal line. You can fit a lot of SKU’s on this kind of swatch card.
There is one large swatch that’s easier to see and feel than the rest. It usually has the same pattern but different colors so you get to really feel the material but also see all the varieties.
12. Surface Mounted
Swatches are simply glued to the front of the card. It’s common, easy and inexpensive.
13. Sandwich Card
Swatches are glued in die-cut windows between two pieces of stock. This makes sure the card is as strong as possible.
Graphics & Finishing Terms:
Applying heat with a metal die to the front of the material, impressing an image.
15. Die Cutting
Cutting out a portion of material using a steel rule die.
Applying heat with a metal die, and counter die, to the back of the material, raising the mark from the surface.
17. Foil Stamping
Applying heat with a metal die and impressing a colored foil image onto the material.
18. Screen Printing
Forcing UV or conventional inks through a reversed-out pattern on a screen to create a graphic on a material.
19. Thermal Debossing
Using a metal die to apply heat to deboss a graphic into an expanded material.
20. Heat Burnishing
Using a metal die to apply high heat to deboss a graphic into an expanded material AND cause the material to darken where the graphic was applied.
21. Round Cornering
Rounding the corners of a material.
Adhering one sheet of material to another.
23. Scoring & Perforating
Applying a die to mark a material to fold or tear along the mark.
24. Shrink Wrapping
Covering an item in clear plastic which shrinks, with heat, to tightly wrap and protect the item.
Using colored thread to create a decorative pattern.
Securing an item in clear poly bags that seal at the open end for protection.
Applying Mylar and cutting index tab extensions.
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 hole drilling into sheets.
29. Riveting, Eyeleting & Grommeting
Applying a rivet, eyelet, or grommet to a material.
Ring Binder Terms:
Self-standing binder that can be used to display presentation sheets (for displaying vertical sheets, it would be a split-back ease and for displaying horizontal sheets, it would be a tent easel).
31. Padded Board
Board with a foam padding mounted to it.
32. Flap Closure
Flap that extends over the open end of a binder opposite the binding edge which is secured with Velcro, snaps, magnets, buckles, or clasps.
33. Trap In
Vinyl binder with printed sheets completely sealed under clear vinyl overlay on the front, spine, and/or back panels.
Vinyl or poly binder, with clear open top pockets over the front, spine, and/or back, into which printed sheets can be inserted.
35. Green Binder
Binder made with raw cover board (environmentally friendly).
36. Turned Edge
Wrap material sheet is turned around cover board, wrapping around the edge to the inside, with a separate liner material sheet mounted to the inside of the board.
37. Creased Hinge
Hinge created by applying a large heavy score to a material.
38. Natural Hinge
A hinge created by joining together two pieces of material, with a small gap between the two, using a third piece of material that attaches to both.
39. Pleated Corner
Rounded corner where the wrap material is folded multiple times to exactly conform to the rounded shape.
40. Hospital Corner
Rounded corner where the wrap material is folded just 3 times to roughly conform to the rounded shape.
Attaching two pieces of vinyl adhered together along a line using high-frequency radio waves.
42. Finger Pull
Hole, usually ~1” diameter, in the spine of a binder, usually with a metal ring mounted into it, to allow a binder to be easily pulled from a shelf.
43. Ring Metal
2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 ring mechanism (shaped as round, slant D, straight D, square, or EZ D) that is mounted, usually with rivets, into the spine or back panel of a binder, which are to hold the contents sheets.
Metal wings at the end of a ring metal mechanism that, when depressed, open the rings for contents sheet placement.
45. Euro Spine
A multi-creasing process that gives a turned edge binder a rounded spine.
46. B Grade Book Cloth
Paper-backed cloth materials that are specially designed to be used for turned edge constructed items (book covers, binders, boxes, etc.) that require a high degree of strength, durability, and protection.
47. Standard Vinyl
Single layer vinyl material.
48. Expanded Vinyl
Single layer vinyl with air injected during extrusion to make the material spongy.
49. Expanded & Supported Vinyl
Expanded vinyl (see above) with a mesh cloth backing to allow it to be glued to another material.
50. Label Holder
Small clear vinyl pocket adhered to the outside of a binder.
To see some of these terms in action view our case studies.