Do you have a color quality goal?

In this article we will look at the possibility of knowing and improving your total color range, to get your collection together. Lastly, we will also help you take your first action step. You don’t want to wait with this!

Do you have a color quality goal?
Improved color matching is a goal for any textile supply chain. With that as your aim, how would you best move forward?

The first key is feasible digital color standards. Sending feasible digital color standards to your dyers will help them create better color harmony. It will also offers huge savings in time and dollars for the total supply chain.

Your second key is to monitor color precision and accuracy in production. Color precision and accuracy indicates how well your products will look and match in the stores. Monitor and improve your color range in real-time is crucial to meet your color quality goal.

How to track your color quality goal
Below are five graphs that show the difference between color accuracy and precision, and the consistency of both. What you want is accurate, precise and consistent colors.

The graphs are taken from natific’s system ColorWarehouse, a system that track all production performance in real-time. The data allows you to see and improve how well your final garments will look and match, prior to manufacturing.

Graph no 1 shows no precision and accuracy (your worst-case scenario).

The 2nd graph indicates accuracy, however no precision (not preferred either).

In the 3rd graph you see precision however no accuracy (can be ok but how about other suppliers’ precision, if they are not included here too?)

The 4th graph shows accuracy AND precision (this is what you are looking for).

However, you don't want to settle here.

For optimal result, you should aim for consistency in precision and accuracy. This is shown in the 5th graph. Each and every dyeing cycle of subsequent lab dips and batches should match the arithmetic mean of previous batches with a maximum deviation being no bigger than ΔE 0.5 CMC (2:1).

Let's here what Thomas Braun, Technical Manager at Swisstex California say about it:

"Our internal color production is much easier monitored since all data is available in the ColorWarehouse, which we use both internally for color corrections and to be transparent towards our clients.”

Now to your first action step:

Contact your retailer/brand customers and let them know that you are about to get started with digital color approval, or in case you already do it, let them know about it. You might want to encourage them to contact us at natific to learn more about how to get started too.

Brands & Retailers:
Contact your suppliers (dyehouses) to check if they do digital color approval. Digital color technology is embedded in the infrastructure of most global textile manufacturers. There is a big chanse that it's already available for you to capitalize on.

We have prepared some basic questions for your to send to your suppliers when contacting them about the digital color path, get the questions here.

Let us know how it goes!


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