Quality and comfort go hand in hand

by Laureen Belleville

Keeping the product or application clean and the user protected and comfortable are primary functions of cleanroom gloves. There are a number of product variables that should be specified to address your particular needs.

There are a number of glove variables to fit your particular need. Many alternatives and new features can be found outlines on the table below.
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Increased demands for critical clean environments are pressuring manufacturers to develop still more alternatives. For example, the latest announcement from Dow Chemical Company details a natural rubber latex-free critical environment glove made from Intacta performance polymers. The polymers utilize a process technology that allows polyurethanes to be used in an aqueous delivery system. According to the company, the process “revolutionizes glove manufacturing” by providing a lower-cost alternative to competitive solvent-based dispersion processes while maintaining the high-performance characteristics of polyurethane chemistry.

Another manufacturer, Sempermed, has responded by constructing a powder-free, micro-rough textured latex glove from halogenated natural rubber latex. Intended for use in medical applications, the glove is molded on an enlarged former to maximize comfort, tactile sensitivity, barrier protection and protection from blood-borne pathogens.

Many other alternatives and new features can be found in the offerings outlined on the accompanying table. Please note that the table is not all-inclusive, it lists only the products of those manufacturers who responded to our request for information.

Distributors of cleanroom gloves
The following companies distribute cleanroom gloves:

  • Associated Bag Company, Milwaukee, WI, Tel: (800) 926-6100, Fax: (800) 926-4610, www.associatedbag.com

  • Connecticut Clean Room Corp., Bristol, CT, Tel: (860) 589-0049, Fax: (860) 585-7355, www.connecticutcleanroom.com
  • Contamination Control Products, Neptune City, NJ, Tel: (732) 869-3400, Fax: (732) 869-2999, www.ccpcleanroom.com
  • General Lab & Cleanroom Supply, Newbury Park, CA, Tel: (888) 869-8500, Fax: (805) 376-6079
  • Hal Sharpe Associates Inc., Chico, CA, Tel: (530) 899-1555, Fax: (530) 899-1559, www.halsharpe.com
  • High-Tech Conversions Inc., Enfield, CT, Tel: (860) 749-1622, Fax: (860) 749-0747, www.high-techconversions.com
  • Liberty Industries Inc., E. Berlin, CT, Tel: (800) 828-5656, Fax: (860) 828-8879, www.liberty-ind.com
  • Prudential Cleanroom Services, Irvine, CA, Tel: (800) CLASS10 (252-7710), Fax: (949) 261-1947, www.pcs-clean.com
  • Servitex Cleanroom Services, Durham, NC, Tel: (919) 957-9800, Fax: (919) 957-0403
  • Stauffer Glove & Safety, Red Hill, PA, Tel: (215) 679-4446, Fax: (215) 679-5053, www.stauffersafety.com
  • Ultrapure Technology, Suwanee, GA, Tel: (800) 932-0309, Fax: (770) 932-0809, www.ultrapuretechnology.com

Manufacturers of Cleanroom Gloves
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Manufacturers of Cleanroom Gloves (con’t)
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Manufacturers of Cleanroom Gloves (con’t)
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