“On-the-job” testing is expensive, time consuming and rarely accurate due to psychological biases. In answer to these problems, Superior has developed its own In-house Glove Testing Lab. Using state-of-the-art digital testing equipment, we can provide you with objective hard numbers on the abrasion resistance, cut resistance, thermal insulation, impact and puncture resistance data for any glove. We also use this valuable information to design advanced gloves that balance the most effective combination of cut and abrasion resistance for any job.
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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.
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.
Superior Glove has developed its own in-house impact test machine. A predetermined weight is dropped onto a glove from a set height. The machine measures the force transferred through the glove. This test allows us to design and select the best glove for industries like oil extraction and mining.
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 is provides valuable data as to which gloves provide the best insulation against heat in applications like welding, plastic extrusion, and foundries.
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 are suitable protection against puncture hazards.