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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: New and Improved Assessments of Cotton Quality

Location: Cotton Structure and Quality Research

Title: Preliminary assessments of portable color spectrophotometer measurements of cotton color

Authors
item Rodgers, James
item Fortier, Chanel
item Cui, Xiaoliang
item Delhom, Christopher
item Martin, Vikki -
item Watson, Michael -

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: January 18, 2011
Publication Date: April 25, 2011
Citation: Rodgers III, J.E., Fortier, C.A., Cui, X., Delhom, C.D., Martin, V., Watson, M. 2011. Preliminary assessments of portable color spectrophotometer measurements of cotton color. Proceedings of the 2011 National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference,January 4-7,2011,Atlanta,Georgia. p.1313-1318.

Interpretive Summary: Cotton in the U.S. is classified for color with the Uster® High Volume Instrument (HVI), using the parameters Rd (diffuse reflectance) and +b (yellowness). It has been reported that some cotton bales, especially those transported overseas, appear to have changed significantly in color from their initial HVI color measurements, especially for yellowness. Interest has been expressed in “on-site”/remote location measurements of cotton color that will yield “real time” color values, with emphasis on yellowness. A program was implemented to determine the feasibility of using portable color spectrophotometers to measure cotton color in remote locations. Using AMS standard tiles and cotton samples, comparative evaluations were performed to establish the relationships between the HVI +b and portable spectrophotometer L*a*b* color parameters. Preliminary results were very encouraging. The portable spectrophotometer measurements were rapid, precise, and accurate.

Technical Abstract: Cotton in the U.S. is classified for color with the Uster® High Volume Instrument (HVI), using the parameters Rd (diffuse reflectance) and +b (yellowness). It has been reported that some cotton bales, especially those transported overseas, appear to have changed significantly in color from their initial HVI color measurements, especially for yellowness. Interest has been expressed in “on-site”/remote location measurements of cotton color that will yield “real time” color values, with emphasis on yellowness. A program was implemented to determine the feasibility of using portable color spectrophotometers to measure cotton color in remote locations (e.g., warehouse, mill, overseas). Using AMS standard tiles and cotton samples, comparative evaluations were performed to establish the relationships between the HVI Rd - +b and portable spectrophotometer L*a*b* color parameters. Preliminary results were very encouraging. Excellent linear agreement (high R2s), low spectrophotometer standard deviations, and a low number of outliers were observed.

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