Uses new-to-market yarn, grip technologies
Ergodyne announced the launch of its new ProFlex Coated Series Work Gloves, introducing several innovations to a competitive – but sometimes hard to distinguish – product category in the process.
The expansion of the ProFlex line of hand protection gives workers a range of ANSI-level cut resistance (A2, A3, A4), grip (for wet/oily or dry surfaces) and dexterity to satisfy the needs of those working in everything, from small parts manufacturing to heavy construction.
“When creating these gloves, we wanted to design something truly unique using new yarn and grip technologies that were not available on the market until now,” said Aaron Skemp, product manager for Ergodyne. “Many coated work gloves are made with the same materials.”
Ergodyne's two exclusive grip technologies – DSX for dry conditions and WSX for wet/oily surfaces – feature multiple layers to protect hands while allowing air to flow for all-day breathability. The WSX dip also makes use of an anti-slip nitrile top layer to absorb and disperse liquids from the surface, providing a firm grip even when wet.
According to Ergodyne, the WSX dip was found to be superior when tested against other common dips on the market today. To test the grip performance, testers must pull straight down on a piece of metal covered in oil. The score is the force registered when the hand slips.
Listed below are the average scores for five of the most common dips on the market:
•Nitrile Smooth – 4.37
•Foam Nitrile – 7.94
•Micro Foam Nitrile – 8.03
•PU – 8.5
•Water-Based PU – 6.5
The new coated glove line also features TenaLux fabric – a special engineered polyester found on the cut-resistant ProFlex model 7040 and 7041 gloves. The breathable material provides ANSI level A4 cut protection without the irritating glass or steel fibres commonly used in other cut-resistant gloves, Ergodyne says. It’s also a breathable fabric that feels cool to the touch, and is lighter weight than other A4 level cut-resistant gloves.
“We engineered these to be the most comfortable cut-resistant gloves possible. Workers aren’t going to want to wear their protective gear if it’s hot, uncomfortable or hinders their grip and dexterity. So, we wanted to create something that feels great that they can wear all day long,” Skemp added.