Yarn color measurement and reproduction by a multispectral imaging system

Isabella W.S. Tang, John Haozhong Xin

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Conventionally, measuring and thus reproducing yarn color is mainly done in an indirect way, involving the preparation of yarns in card or even fabric forms, which consumes both time and labor. A direct yarn color measurement and reproduction method based on a multispectral imaging system would be one solution to avoid this problem. In this research, 100% raw cotton yarn hanks dyed using several reactive colorants, being different sample sets, were measured by both a spectrophotometer in yarn card form and a multispectral imaging system innovatively in yarn form itself, for back-prediction and fore-prediction matching comparisons. Experimental results showed that the multispectral imaging system can perform closed-loop color reproduction satisfactorily by yarn form color measurements, with color difference means all within industrial tolerance. This new method is capable of shortening the yarn specimen handling time and, more importantly, giving more accurate yarn color measurements without the influence of neighboring colors, so as to give improved coloration accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalFinal Program and Proceedings - IS and T/SID Color Imaging Conference
Issue number1 of 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event23rd Color and Imaging Conference: Color Science and Engineering Systems, Technologies, and Applications, CIC 2015 - Maritim Konferenzehotel Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: 19 Oct 201523 Oct 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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