New Paper on Hyperspectral Imaging for Textile Recycling

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In a recent paper, Imec evaluated how hyperspectral imaging can be used for textile sorting and recycling in industry. The paper was presented at the HSI 2016 Conference in Coventry during October and was authored by Carolina Blanch-Perez-del-Notario and Andy Lambrechts.

The feasibility study was performed over a variety of pure textile materials (cotton, viscose, polyester, wool, silk and polyamides) and blends (cotton and polyester, viscose and polyester). The results are promising and seem to indicate that material discrimination can be performed by means of hyperspectral imaging in the VIS-NIR range.

To bridge the gap between research and industry, Imec has developed a unique hyperspectral sensor concept which heavily reduces costs and improves the compactness and speed of its camera, enabling the adoption of this technology by industry.

Imec is considering the evaluation of material discrimination possibilities of the Imec Mosaic sensors (VIS and NIR ranges), since this would enable fast portable on-site inspection of textiles.

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You can read the full paper and its relevance to RESYNTEX’s innovation research here.

eu funding

RESYNTEX received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 641942.