esd-safe gloves

Showa-Best 6205PFT GlovesAs you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so plenty of people are pitching in to raise money to fight breast cancer. We are proud to announce that we will be carrying Showa-Best’s pink N-DEX™ BWC® gloves on our site in support of breast cancer awareness. When you purchase a pack of these pink ESD-safe gloves, Showa-Best donates a portion of the proceeds to organizations that promote breast cancer research and awareness.

We offer these gloves in sizes from X-Small to X-Large, and they come 100 per pack. They are 100% nitrile, powder-free class 1 medical exam gloves with textured fingertips. Check out our site for more details, or call customer service at (800) 537-0351!


“All-Spec Industries GL679 Nitrile Gloves”

by Andy on September 28, 2010

Amid many brands and styles of gloves that All-Spec Industries carries, the GL679 nitrile gloves are among the most popular. These blue ESD-safe gloves are now available in five sizes, and provide much greater puncture resistance than rubber and vinyl gloves of similar thickness.

The video below displays the puncture resistant properties of the GL679 gloves, while the strong nitrile material allows for tactile sensitivity.

Video by All-Spec Industries©

To request a sample of the All-Spec GL679 gloves, please send your mailing address to


Protecting your PCB with Gloves One would think it is common sense to wear gloves or finger cots when holding, inspecting, etc… printed circuit boards, but unfortunately it’s not uncommon to see manufacturers whose employees do not regularly wear hand protection.

We found a great video (it’s really just audio in a video player) talking about the subject of wearing gloves while handling PCBs. The video is fairly short (7 minutes) but the two guys are experienced and knowledgeable plus they’re easy to listen to and very personable. If you’d rather not listen to the Assembly Brothers, below is a recap of what they had to say.

Wearing ESD-safe gloves protects boards from ESD but the gloves also protect boards from contaminants, and this simple step is often overlooked. Both dirt and oil are typically present on our hands at any given time, and handling a PCB with bare hands will transfer the dirt and/or oil to the board. The addition of the containments can cause a myriad of board problems including weaker solder joints. Fluxes do not reliably remove the contaminants; they’ll remove oxides but not dirt, oil, etc…Protecting your PCB with Finger Cots

Bottom line: EVERYONE who touches a PCB should be wearing gloves or cots of some sort. On top of wearing hand protection, you have to wear the gloves correctly…cutting the finger tips from gloves for better dexterity defeats the purpose of wearing any hand protection.

For those that do track defects, you will definitely see an improvement if wearing gloves or some sort of hand protection is mandated.