ColorDigital - Digital Transformation in the Textile and Fashion Industry | EIZO
Nearly all fashion houses and their suppliers are currently dealing with the topic of digital transformation. They are seeking a method in which they can exchange colors, textures, patterns, images and 3D objects, thus enabling a large part of the design, sampling and quality control processes to be carried out digitally. The advantage is obvious. For one, you eliminate the need for countless courier shipments, which is quite time-consuming; for another, you can reduce the back and forth of sending things through the mail.
And this is exactly what the DMIx Cloud from ColorDigital offers. As a partner of the German Fashion Institute, known by its German abbreviation as DMI, the Cologne-based company is deeply rooted in the fashion industry and knows its needs quite well. ColorDigital was founded in 2013 and has since worked to create the ideal digital hub that the fashion and textile industry needs to successfully complete the digital transformation. The biggest challenge is the required “common language”. The objective nature of these colors is the top priority and the most important success factor of the whole concept, since the colors of materials or fabrics are always strongly dependent on the light with which they are illuminated and, in general, color perception is a comparatively subjective matter.
Digital Hub: DMIx Cloud
“We exchanged color information in the DMIx Cloud – exclusively in spectral values from the very beginning to make the workflow independent of different lighting situations,” says Kölling, explaining the core of the ColorDigital solution. The lighting used is no longer a factor. The various color management systems of different operating systems, browsers and devices is another source of error. In this regard, ColorDigital has succeeded in creating a color-accurate and consistent workflow using online and desktop applications. However, it is no longer just color information that is in the cloud; in the meantime, textures and images are also being hosted. In addition to pure color information, surface properties, such as glare behavior and three-dimensional textures, can be digitally captured.
The Monitor as the Visual Core of the DMIx Cloud
Digital Textile Connection: An Alliance of Companies
Yet, in addition to the central cloud and the associated online and desktop solutions and EIZO ColorEdge monitors, other hardware and software components are required for this complex workflow to work. In order to be able to offer customers an uncomplicated, end-to-end solution, the other companies have therefore joined forces to form the Digital Textile Connection, an alliance of companies. Through this partnership, the market and innovation leaders in the industry have united to offer users of the DMIx Cloud an end-to-end, worry-free package from data capture to display and output – one that works without complications or major technical problems.
X-rite offers several solutions to capture data on color information and material properties, ranging from a simple spectrophotometer to a highly complex TAC7 scanner. In addition, there is the Virtual Light Booth, a 3D visualization solution by x-rite. The software specialist Assyst offers Vidya, its specialty software for the virtual modelling of textile structures. Epson offers numerous printers for sublimation printing in order to make digitally transferred patterns physically tangible immediately after digital dispatch, so there is no need to wait for the mail. Peter Büdel GmbH from Laufach, Germany, is a perfect example of how the digital workflow can work in the DMIx Cloud. The company specializes in accessory solutions and can provide its customers with tailored products extremely quickly, thanks to the speed and flexibility offered by the digital workflow.
End-to-End Solution for the Digital Workflow – Strides into the Future
Together with its partners from the Digital Textile Connection, ColorDigital has managed to develop a solid end-to-end, worry-free package that makes digital transformation and networking a cinch for companies in the fashion and textile industry, enabling them to react to the increasingly rapid demands of the market and to maintain or even expand their market position in the future. Potential customers from the textile industry have nearly the entire line-up available in ColorDigital’s showroom in Rheinauhafen, an urban regeneration project in Cologne, to help them select the right ColorEdge monitors for their specific needs.