Terms Explained

What is Naugahyde? What is the difference between an O-ring and a D-ring?

Below is a list of commonly used terms that can help you decide exactly what type of binders or containers you may need.

Using a metal die, an image or text is pushed into material. It can be the image only or the image can be further enhanced through the use of various foil colors. The image on the right shows a debossed logo on leather with gold foiling. This decorative technique can give a product a distinguished and expensive look.

Die Cutting
The production process of cutting paper, board and other materials to form a variety of custom sized and shaped end products. The cut is performed by a metal form die which is most often made in our in-house tool-room.

High Frequency Welding
The production process which uses strong electrical currents to weld and seal vinyl sheets together.

A brand name expanded vinyl material with leather-like appearance and qualities.

PMT/Camera ready artwork
A quality black and white photo of a logo or design, usually provided on disk direct to our art room. It is used to produce a film which will eventually be used in the screen-printing process.

Foam padding can be added to any vinyl or naugahyde product producing a more ‘plush’ feel. A thin layer of foam is glued between the outside vinyl or naugahyde material and the board of the product.

Turned and Sewn
The naugahyde cover material is folded over the outside edges of the product and stitched, giving a rounded, more up-scaled appearance to the edges of the binder. Metal corners may be added to give a more ‘finished’ appearance.

Decorative Stitch
Stitching around the edge of a finished product will add a different dimension to the product. Unlike a ‘piped-edge’ product, the stitching is applied directly to the outside cover of the product without additional material being stitched to the product.

Metal Corners
Nickel-plated or brass corners can be added to corner edges of vinyl and naugahyde products, giving the corners a protective quality and added dimension. If you are looking for other colors of metal corners, please contact us for availability.

The sewn edge on many zippered binders which adds strength and enhances the look of the product. The image on the right shows piping on the corner of a maroon leather binder.

Traditionally shortened to “Poly”, Polyethylene is a rigid plastic material available in many colors and is used for binders that typically need to be more durable, for example, binders to be used in workshops, factories and so on.

O and D Rings
These are the two most common ring shapes used in our binders. As implied in the name, O rings are shaped like the letter “O”, and D rings the letter “D”. The shape of the D ring allows the content of a binder to be stacked perfectly straight on the ring, while the content in an O ring binder will be stacked following the curve of the ring. Sizes range from ½” and up. Generally smaller page capacity binders favour O rings and larger binders D rings.