Breakthrough Technologies Targeting Common Glove Complaints

Breakthrough Technologies Targeting Common Glove Complaints


Today, I'd like to update you on some exciting new glove developments happening here at Ergodyne, all aimed at addressing some of the biggest complaints workers have about their gloves.

In talking to work crews, we hear three pretty consistent complaints about the gloves they've been given.

Number one, they're too hot. Number two, they're too bulky. And number three, they don't have enough grip.

So I'd like to highlight some of our new and innovative glove developments through the lens of those very common pain points, starting with one of the biggest—and that's gloves being too hot and not breathable enough. That's where our first technology comes into play—TenaLux yarn.

TenaLux is a uniquely blended yarn. It's constructed of a combination of fibers, the first of which is a high-performance polyethylene fiber otherwise known as HPPE. This fiber allows us to achieve a high level of resistance without the addition of irritating glass or steel fibers. The second is our unique, moisture-wicking fiber that when spun together with HPPE, provides a cooling effect never before seen in a cut-resistant glove. This special blend of yarns makes for a lightweight knit that provides A4 cut protection, plus 360-degree breathability and a cool to the touch feel that prevents overheating. That cool to the touch feel often catches people by surprise the first time they put the gloves on. It's a noticeably cool sensation unlike anything else out there.

And for those who need cut protection above the wrist, we've taken that same great TenaLux yarn and brought that same cooling comfort to our A4 cut sleeves. Cut sleeves are notorious for being a hot, bulky mess. But not this product, and these cut sleeves have the added bonus of thumb loops and an upper arm strap to keep the product in place. These two key product features provide a snug and secure fit.

This product combination of the 7041 glove and 7941 cut sleeve is a can't miss winner on job sites where it's hot and A4 cut protection is a must.

Speaking of bulk, that's the number two complaint we hear. And it becomes especially relevant as you migrate towards higher cut levels of protection. And since forever, the Holy Grail has been a high cut level work glove with the true feel and fit of a thin gauge, small parts
 handling glove or a general duty glove. Our new 18-gauge tungsten yarn finally brings a high cut, high dexterity glove to the worksite.

A reminder here that gauge indicates the number of stitching rows per inch. The higher the gauge means, the more dexterity and comfort in the glove.

In the past, thinner gauges like 18-gauge meant low to no cut protection. Not anymore. So this high gauge cut resistant tungsten yarn delivers an incredibly lightweight and flexible fit glove along with unmatched levels of dexterity for a cut level A7 glove. It's a true piece of innovation for those needing great dexterity while working with sharp materials.

Better yet, these new yarns have been matched with some of the highest performing coatings available. These dual layered dips provide breathability, unmatched grip performance and abrasion resistance that provides the wearer with added longevity.

The first coating I'd like to share is our innovative WSX technology, short for (W)et (S)urface e(X)treme. It provides exceptional grip on, well, you guessed it, wet and oily surfaces, outperforming the most common dips on the market by up to 74% in grip tests.

When matched with TenaLux, wearers get true 360-degree breathability and cool comfort, plus the flexible fit and dexterity you need when precision is required. The secret to its exceptional grip on wet and oily surfaces starts with that textured outer layer that lets oil and other liquids through the glove. The WSX outer layer also has texture that provides more surface contact than traditional dips.

A second layer coating absorbs the oil, preventing it from passing through to the glove while also providing increased abrasion resistance.

So to demonstrate the effectiveness of the WSX technology, I'll attempt to pick up this oily cylinder with a standard nitrile coated glove, and then I'll pick it up with our 7041 with WSX tech coating.

Meanwhile, DSX or (D)ry (S)urface e(X)treme uses a smooth outer layer to create more surface contact to increase grip strength when oily or wet surface are not a concern. Just like WSX, DSX technology is a multi-layer dip. The outermost layer allows air to flow
through to keep hands comfortable and dry. That same outermost layer has a highly abrasion resistant coating.

The second layer is a repeat of the first. Think of it as a second coat of paint that provides durability and longer life.

So again, we have WSX technology for use in wet and oily applications and DSX technology for use in dry conditions. You can see the visual difference of the rough surface WSX versus the smooth surface on the DSX.

And for the best grip on both wet and dry surfaces, there's ASX or (A)ll (S)urface e(X)treme. Working much like WSX, but with a smooth outer layer to create more surface contact for an even stronger grip.

When pitted against a traditional sandy nitrile, a dip known for high abrasion resistance and solid grip in a variety of conditions, ASX outperforms by a long shot. Besting sandy nitrile in dry grip tests by 22% and in oily wet grip tests by a whopping 54%. Not to mention, it's 20% more abrasion-resistant than sandy nitrile.

So there you have it, five breakthrough technologies that are leaving no excuse for workers to go bare knuckle.