The Indexing Process
A few general things to keep in mind:
- All indexing is page specific.
- All indexing is done from bound and trimmed product.
- Indexing can also be done from spiral, wire-o or loose leaf product.
Thumb Cut Indexing
Thumb Cut Indexing is the oldest and best known form of indexing. It is mostly commonly found in bibles and dictionaries. Basically, the process has changed little for many years. Thumb Cut Indexing involves three separate steps: first, the specific pages must be found and the position of each cut marked. Second, an operator positions a hand held, hydraulically powered cutting tool at each location and cuts the thumb cut notch. Last, an operator applies the die cut, foil stamped tabs to each location. As you see, this is labor intensive and therefore the more costly method of indexing.
European Thumb Cut
European Thumb Cut and Step Indexing are both processed on the same computer controlled cutting machines. The operator, aided by locator marks (or any other locator aid such as pages of different color or stock) locates the pages to be cut, cycles the machine and repeats the process until the book is finished. This process is semi-automatic and very cost effective.
Durrer European Thumb Cut and Step Indexing is a fully automatic indexing process that is hopper fed, counts pages automatically and delivers. Primarily designed for the appointment book diary, planner and address book market. It is state of the art in the indexing industry.