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The Second-Phase Research and Development of Imaging Colour Measurement (ICM) System for Textile and Garment Industry

In a previous project funded by the ITF, the first-phase imaging colour measurement (ICM) system (Project Ref. No. ITP/009/07TP) has been completed in 2009. The system provides the fundamental functions in colour measurement and colour quality control for the solid-colour fabrics and multi-colour printing samples. The proposed second-phase project is to further upgrade and optimise the prototype ICM system so that it can be a leading imaging colour measurement instrument in the world. The proposed ICM system will be able to measure colours of differently sized samples, ranging from yarns, to laces, to accessories, and to printing fabrics. The hardware of the second-phase ICM system includes a new lighting design, new optical imaging system, and the optimal hardware integration. The software development is focused on multispectral image analysis, image compression, multi-purpose colour quality evaluation, high-fidelity colour visualization, connection to digital printing and data communication. Once developed, the new ICM system should be able to provide high accuracy and stability in colour measurement and evaluation, which meets the strict requirements in the textiles and apparel industry.


Gold Medal in the 41st International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2013)
Project No. (ITC) ITP/001/10TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Prof. XIN John H
Research Institute The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ITF Amount HK$ 7,501,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2010-03-01
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2013-10-31
Effective Approach Technology Limited
Esquel Enterprises Limited
Pacific Textiles Limited
TAL Apparel Limited
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