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Metal Stamping: 5 Steps to Choosing the Right Glove

by Robert Gheesling on March 5, 2013

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What’s your most common question about metal stamping? If we had to guess, we’d say it involves glove selection. There are a lot of glove options out there – but not all are suitable for safe metal stamping. Don’t go by looks… go by performance and proven capabilities. (Sort of like choosing your lab partner in science class).


We sat down with our US Vice-President of Sales, Robert Gheesling, to pick his brain about metal stamping. He put together five tips for properly selecting gloves.


Choosing a glove for a metal stamping factory.

1. Start With an ANSI Level A4 Cut-Resistant Glove:

Unless you are stamping really small parts (less than 3 lbs.) you need an ANSI cut level A4 glove.

Remember: The EN388 standard is used in other countries but not in North America. There is not a direct correlation between the two. Make sure you get the ANSI/ISEA 105 gram rating.

Robert recommends a minimum of about 2000 grams cut resistance according to ASTM F2992-15. There are a lot of gloves out there in the 1500-1700 gram range, but these tend not to offer enough cut protection in most metal stamping applications.

Examples include styles like these:






2. Check the Abrasion Resistance:

So, you’ve narrowed your gloves down to only those with over 2000 grams of cut protection, now you want to look at the abrasion resistance. Robert recommends getting the abrasion tests from an independent lab or at least tested at the same lab, as there is too much variation from lab to lab.


3. Go for a 7-Gauge Glove:

Most metal stamping equipment leaves some burrs on the metal, which poses a metal poke hazard.

Robert recommends a glove that isn’t too thin — 13-gauge and often even 10-gauge gloves don’t provide enough protection. Instead look for 7-gauge glove. If the burrs on the edge of the metal are really bad, try a glove with a leather palm, a foam nitrile coating or even a terry cloth style to provide even more protection from the metal burrs.

Examples include styles like these:




4. Test a Few Different Gloves:

Select a few gloves (no more than two or three or else the process gets confusing) and do a glove trial! This will help determine how long the gloves actually last.

Robert recommends determining your cost per use for each glove.

The chart below demonstrates how each glove material is affected by abrasion.



5. Bonus Tip:

Robert recommends not using leather gloves (without a cut-resistant liner) for metal stamping. On its own, leather is not very cut resistant. When it is soaked in metal stamping oil, the cut resistance continues to drop, providing even less protection over time. With so many options available beyond leather, you’re better off following the steps above to find the best glove for your use.




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those look like great gloves!

Reply sara - July 15, 2013'

Good idea, good suggestion but in my experience it’s a bit simplistic and misguided.
First of all in the market the ASTM or EN cut performances are often fake and does not correspond to the real glove performances, this often because the supplier of the manufacturer (the real one that make the glove, often in Asia) cheats and the product is not tested on a regular basis. So a large metal fab company should, as recommended by Robert, test the gloves from an independent lab (not from the same that issue the certification for obvious reasons).
Secondly because, for a correct glove selection within the metal fab application, need first to be separated between dry and oily ones, where different gloves are needed to address the protection needs.
A complete comparison website (mainly EU) is:

Reply Federico Betteni - August 22, 2013

    Federico, you are correct that you should be careful regarding ANSI and EN information from overseas, as sometimes this information can be 3-5 years old and they may have made some minor changes to the material to make the glove or sleeve. I am not sure I would go as far to say they cheat, but sometimes the information is not kept up to date. This is a good reason to deal with a manufacture who actually makes their product instead of sourcing it out.
    One should always remember that all the testing, EN and ANSI, are done in a lab setting and it is always a good idea to test the glove or sleeve in the actual field situation to make sure the product performs to meet your requirements.

    Reply Joe Geng - August 27, 2013'

Thanks for talk about, Your post is awesome and its really helpful

Reply Brodie Zelman - July 8, 2014

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