Describes a new method of instrumental shade sorting, Clemson Colour Clustering (CCC), which has been developed to address the deficiencies associated with the 555 method and its derivatives. CCC has been shown to produce fewer colour groups at a given colour tolerance with greater colorimetric uniformity within each group than 555. CCC has been implemented in co‐operation with Tanner Companies, Inc. to develop a practical system for colour inventory management. Identifies three distinct benefits and developments. First, the CCC system in conjunction with the CMC (2:1) colour difference formula has proved extremely useful in the establishment of objective criteria for setting colour tolerances. Secondly, the CCC method has been enhanced to permit multiple colour measurements from a single roll of goods (e.g. side‐centre‐side). Finally, the CCC method has been combined with a procedure for choosing rolls to satisfy yardage requirements for a cut which does not fragment the remaining colour inventory.
Teel, D.R., Aspland, J.R., Jarvis, J.P. and Dunlap, K.L. (1992), "Improved Methods for Colour Inventory Management in the Apparel Industry", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 4 No. 2/3, pp. 66-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb002995
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