The Many Uses of Gloves

by Andy on August 4, 2010

Whether you’re looking for gloves to use in your ESD-protected workspace or for a new soldering project, you’ve come to the right place. But, do you know other everyday uses of gloves?

Cut Resistant Gloves Cut-resistant gloves are used for sharp-edge handling, just as the name implies. These are particularly handy when working with glass, ceramics, and various other materials. The cut protection increases as the weight of the glove material increases.

Wave Solder gloves offer close-fitting comfort while providing ESD-safe protection when testing or repairing circuit boards and electronic components. These gloves can endure high heat, but are also thin enough to maintain flexibility.

Hot gloves are used for working with very high temperatures, from 200°F to 1000°F, while extreme heat gloves sustain higher temperatures of over 1000°F. Soldering, welding, and even glass blowing are a few of the activities that require this type of glove.

Latex Gloves Nitrile gloves, made of synthetic latex, provide great resistance to punctures, tears, and many chemicals as well. Nitrile gloves have added powder to make putting them on easier, and often come in a variety of textures.

Latex gloves are probably the ones you are most familiar with. You’ll recognize these from the doctor’s office, and can be powdered or not. However, unpowdered medical gloves are being used more and more in surgeries today due to various allergic reactions to the cornstarch powder.

And this is just a taste of the many types of gloves… Do you have a particular project, but still don’t know which type of glove is right for you? Check out this neat feature on Showa-Best’s website to help you decide!

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