What’s New in Coated Work Gloves?

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What’s New in Coated Work Gloves?

Coated work gloves are the perfect solution when your workers need lightweight protection from cuts and abrasions along with a solid grip. It’s been years since we’ve had anything other than the usual choices in glove coatings. But there’s a new kid on the block for oily applications and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before – the TriTek PalmTM!
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By M.B. Sutherland, Sr. Copywriter, Magid

What's new in coated work gloves?

Coated work gloves are the perfect solution when your workers need lightweight protection from cuts and abrasions along with a solid grip. It’s been years since we’ve had anything other than the usual choices in glove coatings. But there’s a new kid on the block for oily applications and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before – the TriTek PalmTM!

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Image representing the layers on a coated glove.

Common Work Glove Coatings

Traditionally, you’ve had six different work glove coatings to choose from, each with its own pros and cons.

Coating Pros Cons
Polyurethane Light, soft, and flexible with good dexterity and tactile sensitivity. Good for dry grip and handling small parts, this coating is also effective in light oil conditions. Thinner than other coatings and less effective grip in heavy oil.
Flat Nitrile Tough coating that stands up well in oil with excellent abrasion and puncture resistance. This tough coating provides less dexterity and tactile sensitivity so it’s not ideal for handling small parts.
Sandy Nitrile Gritty texture provides non-slip grip in heavy oils and liquids. Good abrasion, puncture, cut, and snag resistance. Like plain nitrile, sandy nitrile provides less dexterity and tactile sensitivity so it’s not ideal for handling small parts.
Foam Nitrile Channels oil and liquid away from the hand for a better grip. Excellent abrasion, puncture, and snag resistance. Foamy texture can become saturated in heavy oil or liquids resulting in poor grip.
Latex Latex gives the best overall dry grip. Adding a finish texture such as foam or crinkle also helps channel liquid away. Can cause allergic reactions in some workers and tends to degrade when exposed to oils or other hydrocarbon-based fluids.
Silicone Increases heat-resistance and delivers superior dry grip. Can prevent paint adhesion in certain applications.

When You Need More Than a Traditional
Glove Coating

Most coated machine-knit gloves tend to become saturated when working with liquid or oil, making them lose their grip. This is a particular problem when the work is also highly abrasive since gloves not only get soaked, but their coating wears out quickly, adding to the problem. Gloves with a palm coating such as sandy nitrile are a good solution for wet or oily work. You can even employ a double-dipped glove, which incorporates a second layer to help improve abrasion resistance. But the downside for both is less dexterity and tactile sensitivity.

The Latest Technology in Coated Work Gloves

The newest technology in glove coatings solves all of these problems with a double-dipped glove that absorbs oil on the outside, keeps hands dry on the inside, and provides amazing oil grip and abrasion resistance – all with the dexterity and tactile sensitivity of a single-dipped polyurethane coated glove.

A graphic of three layers that make up the oil-resistant, cut-resistant TriTek coated work glove with drops of oil being absorbed and deflected.

The result is the exciting TriTek PalmTM that lasts longer than any coated work glove we’ve seen. Testers found 54% improvement in abrasion resistance over foam nitrile and 61% improvement over sandy nitrile, all in a glove that maintains dexterity and is one-third lighter than other double dip coatings. Workers can also easily pick up small, oily parts without removing their gloves, saving time and keeping them safer.

And while this is great news for anyone with heavy liquid or oil applications, it’s particularly useful for metal handling, appliance manufacturing, metal stamping and fabrication, HVAC manufacturing and the automotive industry—all of whom tend to work with oily, abrasive parts.

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So if you find your workers going through gloves too quickly, or complaining about reduced grip or too much oil saturation, review your coatings to be sure you’re choosing the right work glove for the job!

See this glove in action!