March 5, 2013 | Robert Gheesling |

Metal Stamping: 5 Steps to Choosing the Right Glove



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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