Color Management Software

Dye Production Optimization Software: Weigh

Designed for textile continuous and exhaust dyeing facilities seeking to improve efficiency and accuracy in dye processes, Datacolor Weigh software solutions utilize and transfer information from an optimized production recipe into the color lab.

Datacolor Weigh software interactively guides the drugroom operator through the entire weighing process, ensuring that the correct dyes and chemicals are weighed accurately. Dye weighing errors are virtually eliminated, minimizing lost time and costly dyelot rework.

Benefits of Datacolor Weigh Software:

  • Controls up to three connected scales using the Mettler Toledo SICS communication protocol for accurate weighing of dyes.
  • Seamless transfer of dyelot ingredients and product amounts from Datacolor Process or Datacolor Ticket increases throughput and ensures accurate results.
  • Tolerance bands are displayed during product weighing to guarantee accuracy. Operators receive clear weighing instructions for cup size, scale selection, and for using full packages of a specific product. Stock control prevents weighing when product availability is low.
  • Simple user interface and high-visibility display with large, easy-to-use function buttons, is readable from as far as two meters. Weighing progress is clearly displayed on the job status screen. Automatic selection of the next scheduled job is possible. Jobs can be stopped and easily restarted later without loss of information for products that have already been weighed.
  • When a new lot of a product is required, the target weight in active jobs is recalculated based upon delivery strength. Configurable safety instructions, both visual and audible, alert the operator regarding product hazards. Multiple user profiles support weighing from numerous workstations, ensuring efficiency and accuracy in the drugroom.
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The attached document contains the Mettler scale SICS communications protocol and how to test the scale using the HyperTerminal program.

See attached document for the list of scales supported in Datacolor Weigh software.

Datacolor Process uses a set of local look up tables to speed up the opening of screens. Occasionally these sets of look up tables can become corrupted slowing the software and so need resetting. Follow the procedure in the attached document to reset the tables.

Follow the instructions in the attached procedure.

In Job ticket, it is not possible to change the volume in Operation. But it is possible to introduce a factor in the Recipe Template call-off.

The call-off volume will be equal to the dyelot volume multiplied by this factor. See attached document.

The quantities of dyestuffs must be modified following rules that are specific to each dyestuff. In this example, the adaptation depends on the liquor ratio, but it can be adapted to other variables.

The attached document has been written for Datacolor Process v.2.1. Since Datacolor Process 2.2, it is possible to add parameters to each dyestuff record and even formulas (see IP2 TN011 – Quantity related to each dye.doc). With this new feature, you can simplify the following procedure by including the dyestuff factor calculation directly in the dyestuff record.

In Datacolor Process or ITMProcess, it is not possible to create a dyelot that uses two or more machines at the same time. You have to create a virtual machine that has the total volume of the machines you want to couple. See attached document.

“select * from Dyelot where dyelot_Id like ’%45%’ order by dyelot_id”

Units cannot be selected by a formula but, however, it is possible to introduce rules to select units.


Dyes quantities less than 10g must be expressed as a volume of a stock solution at 100% or 10%.


As formulas cannot be introduced to select a unit, we will introduce in the dye operation two dyes lines, one with a unit expressed as a volume and the other with a unit expressed as a weight.

To avoid from displaying twice a dye (one time for each unit), we will introduce a formula that sets quantity to zero when the unit is the wrong one. As the dyes quantities should not be definitively modified by these formulas, formulas will be set as ‘display only’.

See attached document.

Use the function ChangePickup

example: IN CASE OF… THEN ChangePickup(ValueOf(’Newvolume’))

This report is useful to check the information you introduce in dyestuffs, in tab ’Dyestuff’ tables ’Parameters’ and ’Auxiliaries’. See attached document.

See attached document for procedure.

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