Flexo Daily takes an in-depth look at client Dixie Graphics of Nashville, TN
Dixie Graphics has been in business since 1903. The Nashville, Tennessee-based company started as a pre-media provider for the printing and packaging industry. They specialize in platemaking of flexographic and dry offset printing plates, plus graphics and color management.
We asked Matt Williams, Dixie Graphic’s VP of business development, to talk about some of the changes he’s seen in the platemaking industry, especially when it comes to technology. This is what he says:
[quote]Plate materials and technologies are constantly evolving to deliver better print quality. Some printers are taking plate making in house, but many are still serviced by pre media companies[/quote]
[quote]Digital is developing more and more every day in the consumer packaging industry[/quote]
[quote]Competition is stronger and partly because of this we have seen turnaround time demands get increasingly shorter. [/quote]
Here’s some highlights of Dixie’s services.
Quality Low-Run Prototypes
Perfect for quick, small samples, Dixie uses a Mimaki 50 square foot digital flatbed UV printer and Kongsberg cutting table to print, score, perforate and fold using almost any substrate.
Dixie offers 3D proofing of a variety of packaging options, using Esko’s Studio Visualizer which allows detailed views of a project’s proofs, including inks and finishes. Dixie is also EskoArtwork HD Flexo Certified.
Narrow Web: An alternative to offset and gravure with a width max of 20 inches, narrow web is good for rapid turnaround projects.
Wide Web: Polymer flexo plates that offer solid ink density coverage.
Rubber: Plates made from natural, synthetic and Green PVC rubbers that are durable and give high print quality; great for projects requiring high ink densities.
Corrugated: Back to basics—corrugated was flexography’s first medium. Good for runs of any size, and very cost-effective.
HD Screening Technology: Provides for a very wide tonal range, which gives sharp high-quality reproductions.
Flat-Top Dot Technology: Plate surface is textured using HD Flexo v2.0 (MicroCell).
Dry Offset Plates
Containers and cups: Using very high speed printing coupled with clean screening for the most precise color separations and digital plates.
Cans: High quality and employing Precise stay-a-ways, Dixie’s dry plates mean can printing is fast and efficient.
Tubes: Often used in the personal care products and pharmaceuticals as an alternative to labeling, tube printing needs to look polished and high-end.
Clean Screen Technology: For printing halftone color separations and removes common problems like ink contamination.
Dixie also offers specialities like debossing dies, embossing dies, magnesium/zinc imprinting, and many others.
Dixie Graphics has been working with Anderson & Vreeland for over 15 years, says Dixie’s Williams.
[quote]Anderson & Vreeland is much more than a vendor to Dixie Graphics, they are our partner in every sense,” says Williams. “Their expansive product offerings, high level of technical knowledge, quick and accurate response times, and understanding of the metal and flexo business has made for a great relationship for over 15 years.[/quote]
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