How Manufacturers Test Glove Quality


Given the many uses for disposable gloves, they must undergo rigorous inspection before they are ready for sale. In the automotive, janitorial-sanitation and agricultural industries, workers deal with a number of harsh chemicals, which means the gloves they wear must be proven to provide the right amount of protection. The same is true for medical applications, where employees need a safe barrier against pathogens.

As such, manufacturers use extensive testing to determine which applications a glove is appropriate for, with medical-grade gloves having higher standards. Here’s an overview of the process:

Standards for minimum quality
Glove inspection is based on acceptable quality limits (AQL). For this product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sets this standard, and the testing methods for AQL are from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), a firm that creates standards for various industries across the world.

AQL is a method that applies to batches of gloves and functions as a percentage. For example, in a batch of 100 gloves with an AQL of 3.0, only three gloves in the batch can fail the test. For medical-grade gloves, the AQL is 1.5 or lower. If more than three gloves fail, the entire batch does not meet the standard. In this case, manufacturers will review the manufacturing process to determine what requires adjustment.

Given the risks in the medical field, AQL is lower for medical-grade gloves.

“Medical-grade gloves have higher AQL standards.”

Testing methods for gloves
Glove quality testing involves various inspections. The pinhole leak test, which checks for barrier integrity, is one that determines whether gloves are suitable for medical applications. This is because even the smallest breach in the glove material permits wearers from exposure to pathogens. In this test, manufacturers fill the gloves with one liter of water, close the gloves at the cuff and hang the gloves upside down. Gloves that do not have leaks during the testing period are acceptable for medical applications.

One interesting fact about disposable glove testing and AQL is manufacturers typically produce medical-grade and industrial-grade gloves on the same line. Although industrial-grade gloves also pass all standard quality testing by the manufacturer, they are not required to undergo testing for medical purposes. This is not to say industrial-grade gloves are not of safe quality, but it is simply a cost-efficient way for manufacturers to produce both types of gloves while providing the appropriate level of quality.

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Stock up for Super Bowl XLIX


Super Bowl XLIX is approaching, and while the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will provide the spectacle on the field, what about the one in the stands at University of Phoenix Stadium? How about the scenes in bars, restaurants and other venues across the country?

While players will be showing off on the field, hundreds of millions of people will be watching the game with a hot dog, nachos or other food item in their hands, which means members of the food service industry must stand ready to handle the high demand. This means having enough pairs of disposable gloves handy to feed all those hungry football fans.

Chicken wings, for example, are a staple of sports game cuisine. In fact, the National Chicken Council predicted in 2014 that Americans would eat 1.25 billion wings during that year’s championship game. With popular restaurants providing numerous orders of wings of all flavors, how can these and other food venues not afford to stock up on gloves before the big game – especially considering this industry goes through 20 pairs a day during normal periods?

Whether it’s the concession vendors at the big game or a local pizza joint pushing out pies to viewers at home, now is the time to get the right barrier protection.

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Start to Finish: The Disposable Glove Supply Chain


Where do disposable gloves come from? While you may not hear that question as often as “Where do babies come from,” this makes the process no less interesting. In fact, the supply chain is an international network that includes manufacturers, distributors and shippers.

Here is an overview:

Raw material production
A few countries are known for producing various materials used for disposable gloves. All of these nations are in Southeast Asia.

Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are the top producers of natural latex rubber. Many Vietnamese farmers, for example, heavily rely on the demand for latex. Most export their latex across the border into China, according to Toui Tre News.

Speaking of China, the country is the biggest producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl. A report from China Market Research Reports showed the country is the top location in the world for PVC production potential, output and consumption for all PVC products. Additionally, the researchers forecast China’s PVC demand will continue to rise through 2017.

Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have the largest market share for nitrile butadiene rubber. In fact, multiple sources report Malaysia glove production skyrocketed in response to the recent Ebola outbreak. Reuters said the country shipped 20 million medical gloves to Africa to help control the outbreak.

“Manufacturing centers in Southeast Asia produce the gloves AMMEX sells.”

The manufacturing phase
In the aforementioned countries, manufacturers compound the raw materials and begin producing and dipping disposable gloves. AMMEX’s production centers are in all of the aforementioned countries, where the sourcing and procurement phases occur.

In these factories, the manufacturers produce and test the gloves. The production process uses hand-shaped formers, which the manufacturers dip in the glove materials. After the gloves dry, the workers rinse them and apply food-grade cornstarch powder if necessary. Nitrile gloves undergo the chlorination process, as they do not utilize powder for easier donning.

The production cycle is where they ensure competitive pricing, and quality controls enter the process here, as they want to make certain the gloves are exceptional before they pack them. The testing process is based on AMMEX’s unique standards to ensure consistent, high-quality supply. Manufacturers package and pack gloves that meet our standards and prepare them for shipping by loading them in containers. All of this occurs within a 60- to 120-day lead time.

Shipping to the US and distribution
Once the gloves are ready, the manufacturers ship them to the U.S. via ocean freight. After AMMEX gloves arrive in the states, they then move to one of our three North American distributions centers: Atlanta, Toronto or Seattle.

The journey does not end here. The gloves then go to distributors, who in turn ship them to waiting customers. Also, AMMEX ships the day after the orders post so customers can get their gloves right away.

While detailing this process is not as uncomfortable as parents explaining the birds and the bees to their children, it can provide customers with the peace of mind knowing AMMEX is about the highest quality from start to finish.

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Orange Nitrile: Give Your Sales Team the Best


Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves have an aggressive texture for superior grip. While AMMEX Corporation is typically known for black nitrile gloves, we stepped outside of the box to deliver a product most people have not seen before.  Orange Nitrile: Give Your Sales Team the Best!

Unique color for high visibility
One of the first things you will notice about our orange nitrile gloves is their bright color. We ramped up our nitrile gloves with a hue that will be seen even in dark environments, including garages and industrial environments. This color means no more lost gloves and is a fitting match for other brightly colored personal protective equipment.

Heavy, aggressive texture for strong grip and durability
These ambidextrous gloves also have a diamond-raised texture on both sides for a non-slip grip. This texture is present on the palms and fingertips and particularly helpful for oily environments. As a result, automotive, manufacturing and industrial technicians who handle tools do not have to worry about their equipment sliding out of their hands while they work on vehicles and machines.

Not only does this texture provide superior grip, it also offers additional thickness for increased durability. In fact, our orange nitrile gloves are three times more puncture resistant than latex. In addition, the texture does not compromise comfort, as the gloves are more elastic than vinyl and conform to hands as they are warmed by body heat.

These gloves feature a beaded cuff to stop ripping and tearing at the base. This feature also makes the gloves easier to don.

“AMMEX’s orange nitrile gloves provide superior grip even in oily situations.”

Added thickness for superb chemical resistance
If you think visibility, durability and grip are all impressive features of our orange nitrile gloves, wait until you hear about their chemical resistance. The extra thickness allows wearers to work with harsh chemicals such as iodine, butane and pesticides for a longer period of time before they have to change gloves, allowing for greater cost savings due to fewer glove changes.

Get on board with our premium gloves
Our Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves, which measure 9.5 inches from base to fingertip and are available in sizes medium to extra extra large, are perfect for a number of applications, including: agricultural, automotive, industrial safety, manufacturing, paint shops and plumbing. Additionally, they come 100 gloves to a box and 10 boxes to a case to provide the supply you need.

Orange Nitrile: Give Your Sales Team the Best! Contact your AMMEX representative to add these gloves to your product line. Or, if you would like to become a distributor, contact us today!

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Lose Weight in the New Year!


This is the year you will keep your promise to lose weight, and this does not refer to shedding a few pounds at the gym. Rather, this is the year glove distributors and end users are learning about the benefits and uses of lightweight disposable gloves.

The quest for cost savings
Like many innovations, the push for higher-quality lightweight gloves stemmed from a desire to reduce costs. The price of the raw materials needed for various glove types was high, which prompted manufacturers to seek out a way to get more gloves from the same amount of raw materials.

Beginning in 2009 and gaining momentum every year, the lagging economy has caused end users to look for more economical options. As factories developed new formulas, light weight gloves have become a viable option. There was some initial hesitation that perhaps the gloves were too thin, but they have proven themselves in most industries.

Comfort and lower cost through innovation
With time, technology improved, allowing for strong yet lighter weight gloves.

Now, lightweight gloves provide a lower price without sacrificing durability for short-duration tasks. Additionally, these gloves are more comfortable because they offer greater flexibility and tactile sensitivity.

Lightweight gloves have been a tremendous success for both importers and distributors. In fact, 3 millimeter gloves now serve as the standard, and the 4-5 millimeter gloves are premium grade. With quality, performance and competitive pricing, these gloves meet the level of performance end users are looking for at a budget-friendly price.

Lightweight gloves are best for short-duration tasks where glove changes occur often.”

Get the right glove for the job
The benefits of lightweight gloves vary depending on the application. Thinner material means less durability compared to a thick glove. This is why these gloves are best for short-duration tasks where glove changes occur often.

Heavier gloves are more suited for heavy duty, long-duration tasks. In automotive repair shops or industrial facilities where glove wearers handle many tools, for example, more durable gloves are best. This also applies to dealing with harsh chemicals where a thicker glove allows workers to wear the same glove for longer-duration use.

Out with the old, in with the new
This year will be full of changes, and one transition is the glove industry is moving away from measuring gloves with regard to millimeter thickness to using weight in grams instead. With this change, the language will transition from thinner gloves to lightweight gloves. This is because thickness measurements depend on where the glove is measured – gloves are thickest at the fingertips and thinner in the palm. Grams, on the other hand, give overall weight of the entire glove.

Not only does this provide clearer information for glove purchase decisions, but it also helps with standardizing quality. So whether you are looking to gradually drop a few grams throughout the year or shed a lot of weight in short time, look to lightweight gloves to provide the comfort, price and quality you require.

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Give Your Sales Team the Jolt it Needs


Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said outstanding companies have a foundation made of outstanding people, and your sales team is no exception to this statement. Of course, you find the most exceptional sales force based on your hiring decisions, but do you ensure those workers continue to be impressive for years to come?

Employee burnout is a serious problem, and Psychology Today reported the effects of this issue are sometimes as severe as panic attacks and emergency room visits. With these risks in mind, you want to ensure your sales team is ready to tackle each day head on, understands its worth and feels energized to convert leads.

So how do you get keep your sales team going? For one, the answer is not more free coffee. If you want to supercharge your staff with more than a caffeine-fueled boost, you will need to model the energy you want to see from your workers, improve productivity and recognize your team members for their achievements.

Ramp up your energy
If Ponce de Leon was not pumped about locating the Fountain of Youth, do you think his crew would have followed him on a quest to find the impossible? The same could be asked about the many explorers who hunted for El Dorado, the city of gold. If you want to motivate your sales team, you must boldly and energetically take the helm.

“As a manager, you must model the energy you want your sales team to exude.”

How can you produce that energy for your team? Motivational speaker, author and salesman Zig Ziglar suggested having a positive attitude in all situations. At times, sales will be slow. In fact, Business News Daily said sale team members typically hear “no” more than “yes.” However, you cannot slow the momentum in these moments. If you have a grim attitude in dire situations, how is your sales team supposed to keep hope alive?

Imagine our explorers, who were faced with hostile environments, hunger and alien diseases. In many cases, they pressed on despite these obstacles, all the while assuring their crews that the prize was just within sight. You need to share that energy with your staff members so they will embody it while engaging current and future business.

Focus on the higher payoffs
What are your sales team members doing each day, and do they see the value in their work? If you said “no” to the second question, ask yourself whether your team is engaged in high-payoff activities.

Throughout the day, you may talk to your team members, and everyone appears busy. With their schedules and to-do lists full, you may not think twice about their productivity and motivation. However, how many of those items in their lists or schedules are necessary? Are they booked for meetings that they do not need to attend? Do they have nonessential duties?

If so, these employees can feel as though they are not hitting any milestones despite how busy they are. As motivational speaker and Success magazine publisher Darren Hardy said, a busy employee is not necessarily a productive one. This issue stems from managers as well as staff. Are you overloading your team with too many unnecessary tasks? If so, limit their duties to high-payoff activities, which first and foremost includes selling. This means calling leads, following up and becoming familiar with accounts are among your team’s top priorities.

Do not skimp on recognition
To further show your team’s value, set goals and reward your staff for reaching these milestones. Bloomberg Businessweek said employee engagement is key to motivation, and one way to keep workers engaged is to have clear objectives. How many new contacts should a team member obtain each week? How many lead conversions should occur each month?

“Goals give your sales team clear markers for achievement.”

Goals give your sales team clear markers for achievement, especially when those objectives are tied to high-payoff activities. But you cannot stop at setting goals. Sure, your team members will have a personal sense of value when they hit their quotas, but you must display that value from the company’s perspective.

In a keynote address delivered to SPEAK Inc., sales and sales management expert and motivational speaker Jack Daly emphasized the value of recognition, particularly for employees who go above and beyond to address client needs and ensure repeat business. Recognition must be a large part of your company’s culture and values.

These are outstanding individuals, so how do you make them feel exceptional? Not only should this encouragement come from the management level, but you should also foster an environment of peer-to-peer support, according to Forbes citing data from a 2012 Bersin & Associates study. Ensure your team members are uplifting each other.

Charging into the new year
With 2015 just beginning, this is the perfect opportunity to set a strong pace for your sales team. Get your staff in the right frame of mind to find their Fountains of Youth and El Dorados – to persevere through the slumps and keep their energy high.

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Uses for Disposable Gloves: Pet Hair Removal


Most pet owners love their furry friends but may not be as fond of the hair the animals leave behind on fabric. Luckily, disposable gloves are a fast way to remedy this problem.

Pet hair clings to furniture and clothing. If guests are visiting for a dinner party, a hair-covered couch does not present the most inviting space, especially if someone has allergies. Pet hair is also a hassle when it sticks to work clothing.

While many people use tape or lint rollers, disposable gloves are a better option. Simply slip on a glove, dampen it and run it over the fabric or upholstery. The hair will stick to the glove and can be rinsed off once the glove is covered. Repeat until the furniture or clothing is free of pet hair.

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Beyond Medical Exam Gloves


Did you know workers in the medical and dental industries use an average of 15 pairs of disposable gloves each day which is 3,960 pairs each year? While this number may appear high, it is not that different – or even the highest usage – compared to glove usage in other industries.

When people think of disposable gloves, they often picture doctors or nurses snapping latex gloves on their hands. However, the medical and dental industries are far from the only places where gloves are used.

Let’s consider the glove revenue for these combined industries, which was nearly $5 billion in 2012. While this is an impressive figure, it is a little more than half the glove revenue for the industrial safety industry. If this is not enough of an indication of how medical and dental glove usage is just a small part of the total market, consider that the revenue share for this sector was approximately 27 percent of the total in 2012.

This is all not to say there are not still opportunities for glove use in exam settings – all applications are projected to see significant growth. Yet, the data does indicate there are a wealth of opportunities to get workers in various industries the gloves they need to get the job done.

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Disposable Gloves in the Food Industry


When it comes to disposable glove usage in the food processing and food service industries, the phrase “less is more” finds a home.

These industries have the highest glove usage of all sectors – 20 pairs per worker each day on average. However, employees use some of the most affordable glove materials: polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride. Because these gloves are inexpensive, they’re perfect for the two food industries, where workers change gloves often.

Consider the combined 2012 disposable glove revenue for these industries, which was $3.3 billion and the second-highest among all industries. With an affordable price point, imagine how many pairs of gloves that figure represents. Customers can purchase a lot of gloves to get the protection they need at a low price. In the end, poly and vinyl gloves offer the value and ease food service workers need.  Become an AMMEX distributor today to learn more about gloves suitable for the food industry.

“Take a look at this handy infographic to determine the right glove for the right job in the food industry.”

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Disposable Glove Usage: Industrial Safety and Chemical


Did you know the industrial, safety and chemical industries had the highest disposable glove revenue, on par with the medical and dental industry in 2012? Not only was this sector the top contender for industrial markets that year, analysts project it will continue to have the second highest overall revenue by 2022.

While industrial safety is a broad area, one need remains key: chemical protection. This is why nitrile gloves account for 65 percent of the glove material distribution in this industry.

Considering the American Burn Association said 3 percent of hospital admissions for burns from 2003 to 2012 were for chemical burns, and 9 percent of all burns were occupational, workers in the industrial and safety industry are vital potential customers for nitrile and other glove materials that offer chemical resistance.

 

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