Those in the oil well drilling business use tally books continually every day. They
keep a close record of when they attach a new section of pipe, and how long it is, and what time it is. The books are just the right size to fit into a pocket, so the books are kept right where they are needed. So tally books are a necessity in the oil drilling business.
To protect the book from weather and abrasion, the cover is made of vinyl. That’s where the irony hits. Vinyl is a man-made fabric made from OIL!
It was developed only in 1920 as an inexpensive durable fabric that is easy to make. It is made out of oil and salt, and its real name in poly vinyl chloride.
Here are the details for you scientists:
They break down petroleum using high pressure and temperature. This is called cracking. The results are ethylene, butadiene, propylene, and a few other things. They combine salt (a source of chlorine) with the ethylene using “electrolytic disassociation”. They add a few other compounds and end up with poly vinyl chloride (vinyl).
As you know, vinyl is ubiquitous, and very inexpensive. However, it looks expensive, similar to leather.
Nobody buys Tally Books that already have a picture of an oil well. Why?
Everyone wants to give away tally books that have their own company logo.
Sometimes business owners want to put a picture of their own equipment on them.
Sometimes company owners want to have their own conversion charts printed on the back vinyl cover, or on the inside of the cover.
With today’s high tech printing methods, a full-color picture can be printed directly on the vinyl cover. There is no longer a need to print it on a piece of paper, and cover it with an extra layer of clear vinyl to protect the picture.
Multiple logos and pictures can be printed on the front and back cover.
Tally Books are used by workers and inspectors in the oil and gas industries. These books are made rugged for outdoor use. Here is how they are constructed:
For stiffness, we start with chipboard. This is the solid gray “cardboard” material that cereal boxes are made out of.
The 2 pieces of chipboard (front and back of the tally book) are covered with a colored vinyl for protection from the elements. Vinyl comes in a variety of colors. The inside layer is usually the same color as the outside layer.
To hold the paper pad (or stone pad), we add a front and back clear pocket. So the first and last page of the pad are slid into those two pockets. For durability, the first and last page are made of heavier paper. This pad is held in place just like the check register in your vinyl checkbook.
Not in this order, the imprinting is done on the outside cover and the inside pockets.
Printing is done in 3 different ways: Screen printing, Hotstamping, Full-color imprinting.
Sometimes we add a clear vinyl pen loop on the side. We can also add an insert. It has 3 clear vinyl pockets so that you can add papers and cards of your choosing.
Tally Books are similar to jotters, or pocket notebooks. All are useful for writing notes and small enough to keep in your shirt pocket or jacket pocket. What is different about “tally books”?
They are protected by a heavy duty vinyl cover, to help keep the pages dry when
you are working outside.
They have an optional “stone pad”. That is not paper, but it looks like paper. Stone pads are water resistant and you cannot tear them. If more people knew about them, they would prefer them over paper pads.
They have an optional clear vinyl 3 page insert. You can insert your own tables and data sheets for easy reference in the field.
For oil and gas industry users, the tally books have optional oilfield stock art which complements your company logo.
All-in-all, tally books are very rugged pocket notebooks for use in all kinds of weather. They are preferred by oil, gas, and wind energy companies. They use them for keeping track of repetitive data entries.
Pipe Tally Books are really designed for outdoor use. They are mainly used by oil and gas field workers. They keep track of continual data such as the number of pipes inserted into an oil well drilling rig. They have a weather proof vinyl covering. They are small enough to fit into your pocket, and be available constantly. Some of the new ones come with “stone pads”. They are waterproof and tear proof. They are a great improvement over paper pads. But pipe tally books can be used for any kind of writing. Here are 5 silly and odd uses. How many more can you come up with?
Composing a music score for a Broadway show.
Doodling while you are sitting on a jury.
Writing love letters to all your girlfriends overseas while at your best friend’s wedding.
Keeping track of your dairy cows medical care.
Writing police reports you read in the newspaper.
If you post the best addition to this list by the end of October 2017, I’ll send you a free sample tally book. (USA address only)
Art. Start with the best and neatest art file of your company logo. Vector art is the best art. If you want to use a photograph, please make it high resolution. 300 dpi at the final size will give the best results.
Balance. Design your tally books so that your logo is on the front, and some other information is on the back.
Color. Choose the imprint colors and vinyl colors that will reflect your company’s colors.
Design. If you need help with the design, the online company can usually help you. They have the experience.
Extras. Do you want to order these extras? Vinyl pen loop. Clear vinyl inserts with 3 pockets for your papers that you add later. Stone pad instead of paper pad.
Free proof. Always ask for a free email proof before your order goes into production.
Ground shipping, unless you’re in a hurry.
Hi resolution stock pictures are usually available as a background to your imprint.
Important facts, like your phone number, location, services, and products can be displayed on the back cover.
What are custom tally books, and what can they do for your business? Here are 3 big secrets to help you promote your company’s business:
Tally books are “field books” that are rugged, weather-resistant, and are ruled to accept your continual entry of data. They can be custom-made with your logo and other information. That information is protected from the weather with the use of a vinyl cover.
Secret number 2 is that your employees can use these books to assure that your vital data is recorded on the spot, in the field, and protected until they can get back to the office and have it entered into your computer system.
Secret number 3 is that you can advertise your company on them and give them to your customers….. Your customers who need tally books in their business. They are used by oil drilling companies, well service businesses, trucking companies, pipe companies, geologists, environmentalists, news media, electric companies, and survey crews.
They are custom made to show off your logo and artwork. Simple one color imprints or full color imprints are possible. Waterproof stone pads are optional. Pen loops and pocket inserts are optional also.
Your choice of vinyl color will be made into the cover.
Stock art is available, or you may furnish your own high resolution full color photos.