Manufacturing disposable gloves has several stages outlined in this article, including hand formers becoming rinsed in acid.

How are disposable gloves made?

At Ansell, we maintain the quality of our products to provide protection and prevent injuries across industries.

Our vast portfolio of disposable solutions allows us to reduce hazards including chemical exposure, ergonomic injuries, allergies and more. Our Microflex® and TouchNTuff® disposable gloves go through rigorous testing and quality control from the beginning to end of the manufacturing process in order to meet the standards for protection.

Disposable glove manufacturing has many stages to ensure the gloves you use provide the necessary protection. To start, hand formers are cleaned in an acid rinse and washed in hot water to remove residue from previous dipping cycles and provide a clean surface for a new cycle. Immediately after going through this wash cycle, the formers and sent through a hot oven to completely dry the surface of the formers.

The formers are then dipped into a coagulant solution, this allows the raw materials to cling to the hand former, helping the glove turn into a solid state. Following this dipping process, the hand formers will return to the oven for another dry cycle.

After the coagulant dip, the hand formers and dipped into a polymer solution. The raw material polymer solution could be natural rubber latex, nitrile, neoprene, or a blend of raw materials. Our disposable gloves are available in a variety of materials to meet the needs to each consumer.

After dipping the hand formers in the polymer solution, they are sent through an additional wash cycle and beading to create a rolled edge on the cuff of each glove. The gloves then enter a vulcanization oven which cures the materials into a solid film, giving the gloves its strength and elasticity.

The gloves will go into a post process cycle which can include a polymer coating or chlorine wash prior to going into the dry oven one last time. Once dry, the gloves are stripped from the formers are sent for additional chlorine washing, dry cycles and quality control testing. An example of testing includes a water leak test that examines barrier integrity by filling up the gloves with water and displaying leaks, pinholes or any other shortcomings.

Once all steps have been completed, the gloves are counted out by weight and loaded into dispenser boxes ready to provide protection for each wearer.

Ansell protection solutions for products are specifically designed, processed, and packed to comply with strict regulatory standards. Our expertise and knowledge ensure your workers are wearing PPE solutions that help eliminate the risk of contamination and exposure to chemicals or other hazards.

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