Fabric defect detection using morphological filters

K. L. Mak, P. Peng, Ka Fai Cedric Yiu

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In this paper, a novel defect detection scheme based on morphological filters is proposed to tackle the problem of automated defect detection for woven fabrics. In the proposed scheme, important texture features of the textile fabric are extracted using a pre-trained Gabor wavelet network. These texture features are then used to facilitate the construction of structuring elements in subsequent morphological processing to remove the fabric background and isolate the defects. Since the proposed defect detection scheme requires a few morphological filters only, the amount of computational load involved is not significant. The performance of the proposed scheme is evaluated by using a wide variety of homogeneous textile images with different types of common fabric defects. The test results obtained exhibit accurate defect detection with low false alarms, thus showing the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed detection scheme. In addition, the proposed detection scheme is further evaluated in real time by using a prototyped automated inspection system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1585-1592
Number of pages8
JournalImage and Vision Computing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Defect detection
  • Gabor wavelet network
  • Morphological filter
  • Quality control
  • Textile fabrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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