May 22, 2014 | Joe Geng |

Touchscreen Gloves a Growing Need in Manufacturing Environments

Touchscreens are becoming more popular and useful in manufacturing environments. In a recent study conducted by Intel on deploying tablets safely in a manufacturing environment, employees saved 57 minutes a day using a mobile device. That’s a big increase in productivity.

In the same study, a major barrier to acceptance was the fact that the tablets would not work with gloves; this meant using a stylus to operate the mobile device, which workers found annoying, cumbersome and difficult to integrate into their work operations.

Such a situation might encourage workers to take off gloves to manipulate mobile devices, and then (hopefully!) replace them to continue their task. This process of removing gloves reduces productivity and increases the risk of injuries.

For this reason, major advancements have been made in work glove technology, particularly with an upward trend in touchscreen compatibility.

How are new touchscreen gloves made?
Conductive yarns. These yarns, usually, some form of stainless steel or silver-plated nylon, can be blended with other yarns to create comfortable, protective work gloves that are also touchscreen compatible. The high conductivity and softness lends itself well to this type of construction.

Safety Caution:
Don’t settle for a glove that doesn’t have the other protective features you need just because it is touchscreen compatible. Your glove should always have the dexterity, cut protection and abrasion resistance to do your job properly.

Superior Glove offers a complete line of touchscreen work gloves in a variety of materials like string knit, carbon filament, Kevlar®, and palm coatings like PU, PVC and foamed nitrile.

Sources:Intel Study

Joe Geng
About Joe Geng
Vice President of Superior Glove