VF has patented a method for color control in managing articles, ensuring the final product matches the design color. The process involves receiving article and substrate data, selecting chemical profiles, capturing color data, and executing remediation if needed. This closed-loop system ensures accurate color output within predetermined tolerances. GlobalData’s report on VF gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on VF, was a key innovation area identified from patents. VF's grant share as of February 2024 was 56%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Color control method for manufacturing articles

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: VF Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11899435B2) outlines a method for color control during the production of articles, particularly textiles. The method involves receiving article data related to a consumer order, including color information, and data about the substrate to be used. Based on this information, a chemical profile or finishing process is selected to form the article. A series of processes are then carried out, including capturing color data using a spectrophotometer, comparing it to expected color information, and executing remediation if needed. This remediation may involve determining a new color, updating a library of colors, and creating a new project request to ensure the final article's color matches the design within a predetermined tolerance.

Furthermore, the patent includes additional claims related to trend data, coloration feasibility, job file-based color determination, and the use of specific chemistries like foam chemistry and plasma treatment to enhance color control during the textile printing process. The system described in the patent includes various components such as textile printers, laser cutters, pick-and-place units, vision systems, and a computer network with a control unit to implement the color control method effectively. Another method detailed in the patent focuses specifically on color control during textile printing, following a similar process of receiving article data, selecting a chemical profile or finishing process, capturing color data, comparing it to expected color, and executing remediation if necessary. The emphasis is on ensuring the final product matches the desired color accurately, with provisions for adjusting paint colors as needed to achieve the desired outcome.

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