Colour Measurement for the Textile Industry

Accurate Colour data for Dyes, Clothing, Furnishings, Leather, and more


Colour Measurement Solutions for the Textile Industry

Konica Minolta offers traceable and trusted measurement technology for the textile industry, including simple tristimulus colorimeters, ergonomic portable spectrophotometers, versatile bench-top spectrophotometers, and a range of controlled lighting colour viewing cabinets.

Scalable solutions are available to help organisations and their wider value chain to specify, communicate, produce, and control colour.
  • Optimise processes
  • Improve consistency
  • Boost customer satisfaction
  • Reduce waste

Colour control is a vital tool in the textile industry, whether for garments where colour is often a primary attribute, or for other products such as carpets, leather upholstery, tarpaulins, sails, etc., where colour may be a secondary attribute.
Colour quality control allows an organisation to offer the colours that customers want and deliver the most consistent experience for customers.

Colour measurement using a spectrophotometer will allow producers to produce a consistent product with control of optical brighteners where needed. The application specialists at Konica Minolta have a vast experience of delivering successful measurement and control systems for textiles.

Konica Minolta has a global reach, with local sales and expertise to assist you in establishing a successful digital colour data system. Whether between supply chain partners, in development, in production or in QC, our teams can deliver a solution that meets your needs, and partner with you to scale that system as those requirements grow. Our colour matching software is supported by a dedicated team experienced in installation, training, and customization of the solution to optimise your colour workflows.

Konica Minolta products are supported by an extensive network of authorised service facilities to ensure that your instrument is maintained, accurate, and traceable all year round.


  • Produce consistent quality: Batch to batch consistency improves customer and end user's satisfaction and perception of quality, reducing returns and waste.
  • Colour is a sales tool: Colour control and colour matching offer new possibilities for added value custom products, range extension, and a greater flexibility to meet customer orders.
  • Colour is a service: The ability to offer colour data and consistency to customers marks you as a reliable partner who offers an added value service.
  • Colour control as a process tool: Colour Measurement implemented throughout processes, such as washing, drying, stretching, dying, printing, etc., provides improved control over end product, saving costs and waste.

Example Applications

  • Improve consistency and tighter tolerances, reducing waste and increasing the perceived quality of products.
  • Establish a data driven QC system that improves approval speed and product sorting.
  • Develop processes that benefit from data driven testing, e.g., wash testing, weathering, etc.
  • Build a database of Colours and tolerances including brand colours, competitor colours, and supplier colour pallets.

Solutions for Colour Measurement of Textiles

Colour Measurement for Dyes

Control of the colour of dyes: dosing and processing can all be achieved with the use of a spectrophotometer, allowing the operator to gather, analyse, and communicate data.

Colour Measurement for Clothing and Furnishings

Colour is a key consideration for the consumer when selecting clothing and homewares. Colour measurement technology supports manufacturers and brands in delivering consistent and quality products.

Colour Measurement for High Visibility Textiles

High visibility textiles must meet national and international standards to ensure that they perform correctly. This requires instruments with the correct measuring geometry.

Colour Measurement for Leather

Leather is commonly used in luxury products where the colour consistency and quality would be of critical importance. Colour management systems can assist in specifying and producing consistent and appealing colours.