Colour Code Basics

Acme knows colour code

Acme knows colour code:

Acme set the colour code standard in 1962 when we invented Kromakode, the strip label colour code system. Since then, Acme has been a pioneer in North America in the development and successful installation of many of the largest colour code systems.

The development of Acme colour code systems has come to include many different types of numeric, alphabetic and multi-classification colour code systems.

Acme Visible markets our colour coded systems with an objective of being a total supplier: colour code systems, peripheral supplies and a variety of filing units used for the storage and retrieval of records in file-room and library.

Allow us to demonstrate the benefits of our colour coded systems or provide a quote on any other colour code system you may be using. We can match any filing system supplies you may already be using.

About Acme Colour Code:

These labels are for self-application in your office environment. Labels come in either roll form from a dispenser or sheet form. Most Acme file folders have the guidelines imprinted on them for label application to guarantee proper alignment of labels on the shelf. Your Acme systems representative will be happy to assist you on how to best set up the labels on your files.

Why Colour Code Your Files?

Acme Visible colour code systems allow you to replace time-consuming, tedious and costly manual fingering searches by a "glance" check, requiring only seconds to scan thousands of folders for misfiles. Acme's colour code systems virtually eliminate misfiles because colours are interpreted instantly and misfiles are detected immediately so retrieval functions become more efficient.

The Acme colour coding system known as Kromakode set the industry standard some 50 years ago. It uses the colours of the rainbow on the identifying tab of a folder. This allows for faster, more accurate file retrieval, tracking and return. Whether you choose an alphabetic or numeric Kromakode system, when placed in our open system shelving or cabinets, the colour code labels create distinctive patterns that clearly indicate each file's correct position. Misfiles are a thing of the past with Kromakode and, with Acme's charge-out systems, file tracking has never been easier.

Acme Strip Labels

Acme strip labels are custom-made to help in file conversions, or where consecutive numbering is being used. The pressure sensitive one-piece label guarantees positioning and speed in application. As well, prefix and year labels are available on strip labels to further customize your system.

Acme Visible's strip labeling system guarantees accurate alignment of Colour Code labels which is critical in an efficient system. It also eliminates much of the labor required to both initiate and maintain your filing system. Strip labels are available in all popular coding systems, including both numeric and alphabetic formats and can incorporate bar codes and text. Guideline labels available for all series.



Straight numeric filing is the organization of numbered documents or records in a consecutive numerical sequence, starting from the lowest through the highest number in the file. Kromakode straight numeric filing systems may be
colour coded with three, four, or five colour bands. Numeric filing systems can be used in any file system as it has unlimited growth potential; you just keep adding the next number to a file as it is added to the system. There is very little re-adjusting needed on the shelves as the system grows more outward than inward.

A numeric system can be created using individual labels applied in your office or using strip labels applied by Acme 's quality manufacturing facility. The advantage of having Acme apply your labels is that large numbers of files can be prepared and ready for your immediate use. This is especially helpful if you have a large clientele and prepare a number of files daily.

Straight numeric systems require no extensive training programs for file room personnel. Purging of a straight numeric filing system is relatively easy since records to be purged are quickly identified and are usually the oldest records and the lowest numbers in the system. Straight numbering does require a cross reference list to be kept on hand, but, since the numbering can be coded to match your existing database, cross-referencing can be done with just a few keystrokes.


Acme's alphabetic colour code system uses the first three initials of the primary file title to work with colour to help differentiate files and eliminate misfiles.

If it is a persons name, it is the first three initials of the surname that get colour coded.

If it is a corporate name or title, the first three significant initials are used.

With our individual alphabetic colour code labels there are 13 colours that make up the 26 letters of the alphabet, and colours are represented with a dash in the center of the label in the second half of the alphabet.

Once files are on the shelf a rainbow effect appears, and if files are out of correct order a colour clash is evident.

These colour codes assist our clients in finding files much faster, eliminating costly misfiles, and adding to the professionalism in the office they been implemented.

For larger colour code systems, Acme can introduce your company to terminal
digit filing, block filing and sub-group filing - let us show you how!