Protection, comfort and dexterity are the primary requirements for a work glove. However, when production workers are required to handle solvents, oils and other chemicals, a firm grip of wet containers and parts also becomes a significant issue.
Ansell says development of the AlphaTec®58-270 glove was commenced over two years ago in response to a market demand for non-slip hand protection that would protect workers who need a combination of positive grip, advanced chemical protection and comfort throughout work shifts.
"Development of this product involved intensive trials that were conducted across manufacturing industries throughout Europe, North America and Australia," said Ansell's Asia Pacific Head of Marketing, Greg Plemmons.
"Workers handling harmful chemicals or oily parts need to completely protect their skin from dermal damage without compromising their comfort and dexterity. We believe the new AlphaTec® 58-270 glove provides the best combination of comfort, precise handling, grip and skin protection; anywhere chemicals and oils are present.
"Incorporating Ansell Grip Technology™, the AlphaTec® 58-270 glove has been designed to ease the pressure on workers' hands, providing a firm grip in slippery environments, whether involving oil, oil-based chemicals, water-based lubricants or other greasy coatings.
"Microscopic channels in an ultra-thin nitrile layer, direct fluids away from the grip surface, leaving a significant contact area dry with almost the same grip as under fluid free conditions.
"We have conducted tests that have shown that over a range of increasing weights, Ansell Grip Technology™, provides an extremely secure grip in wet or oily environments. This enhanced grip has been designed to help workers experience greater performance, minimising fatigue and stress," Plemmons added.
Image: The AlphaTec® 58-270 incorporates Ansell Grip Technology™, an innovative "wet grip" capability that allows workers to gain a safe hold on slippery objects while applying minimal force. Photo courtesy Ansell Limited.