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About ten years ago, we made the investment to start our own in-house glove-testing lab. We started the glove lab for a couple of reasons. First, we found there was too much guesswork involved in glove selection. We wanted the ability to supply our customers with hard data in order for them to select the right gloves.
It used to be that people would often cut a glove with a box cutter and use that as their only criteria for glove performance. Not very scientific… nor is it very accurate.
Our customers (and prospective ones) are always at the forefront of what we do. For that reason, here at Superior Glove we offer free glove testing – regardless of who manufactured the glove. If a company wants to know the cut/heat/puncture/abrasion resistance of the glove they are using, we’ll test it free of charge.
The second reason we invested in our own glove testing facility is that having our own lab dramatically speeds up our research and development capabilities. With our own lab, we are able to make a glove in the morning, immediately test its cut and abrasion resistance and make a second, improved prototype before lunch. Without an in-house glove lab, this process would take weeks. And when you’re at the forefront of cutting-edge product development like we are – there’s just no time for that.
In the glove lab we observe the highest standards for quality control and we test according to the following standards:
ASTM F1790-05 Cut Resistance
Puncture EN 388:1994
ASTM D3389-94 Taber Abrasion
ASTM F1060 Conductive Heat Resistance
ASTM Cut Test
Superior has an in-house cut-testing machine that tests according to the ASTM F1790-05 standard. We can test any glove in our line – as well as the gloves you are currently using – to give you an unbiased comparison.
To see the test in action, watch this video on cut resistance.
We test according to the ASTM D3389-94 standard for abrasion resistance using the Taber test machine. In this test, gloves spin while two grinding wheels abrade the surface of the glove, during which the number of rotations before wear-through are recorded. The ASTM level is then determined by the number of rotations applied before either the coating is worn through or the first loose thread appears. This test is important for determining which glove will last the longest and provide the highest value.
Our lab can test against a modified version of EN388: 1994 standard. A sharp puncture probe is pushed through the palm side of a glove (or back of hand, if preferred) using a machine that measures the force required to puncture the glove. This gives customers in industries like recycling or lumber an important tool for determining which gloves provide suitable protection against puncture hazards.
Our lab test measures for ASTM F1060-87 levels of conductive heat resistance. Glove material is placed on a hot plate at a selected temperature. A sensor determines how much heat energy is transferred through the glove and this energy is translated into a ‘time-to-pain’ or a ‘ time-to-second-degree-burn’ number. This test provides valuable data as to which gloves provide the best insulation against heat in applications like welding, plastic extrusion, and foundries.
Would you like your company gloves tested?
Call us at (800) 265-7617 to inquire about glove testing.
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