Cleanroom gloves are an important part in industry and manufacturing and not only protect against contamination of sensitive components, but are also essential in protecting against electrostatic discharge. Our cleanroom gloves are available in either polyester, nylon, vinyl or nitrile and are suitable for various cleanroom classes according to IOS and GMP.
To find out how cleanroom gloves can help protect your employees and the products, what cleanroom gloves are made of and where they can be used in the first place, see the information text below.
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In which areas are cleanroom gloves used?
Cleanroom gloves are used in a wide variety of areas, such as the electronics, pharmaceutical, solar and aerospace industries. In connection with microprocessing, chip manufacturing, hybrid circuitry or memory chip processing, cleanroom or ESD gloves are mainly used. These have been specially designed for a safe and lint-free workplace due to the special conductive fibers such as carbon incorporated into the fabric. Damage to sensitive components due to electrostatic discharge is thus prevented.
What are the differences between the various materials?
Polyester is characterized by its special properties for use as a material for cleanroom gloves. It is lint-free and has a high tear strength. Chemical and microfibers are made of polyethylene terephthalate, better known as PET or polymer. This composition gives the fabric the heat resistance it needs. The fabric is three times finer than silk and has low electrical conductivity. In addition, polyester is easy to clean, so the cleanroom gloves can also be washed in the washing machine. Despite its high flexibility, polyester is characterized by high dimensional stability and has hypoallergenic properties.
Nylon is used as an alternative to polyester in the manufacture of cleanroom gloves. Like polyester, nylon is very elastic and stretchable and has a generally high dimensional stability. Thanks to its composition, nylon is lint-free and thus excellently suited for the production of cleanroom gloves. Nylon is also waterproof and therefore resistant to oil and other chemicals, but does not lose its breathability.
Nitrile gloves have a surface resistance that ranges between static insulative and static dissipative. Intensive post-cleaning with deionized water brings the surface resistance more into the region of static dissipative behavior. Static dissipative means here that an existing charge can be discharged in a controlled way and does not lead to damage of e.g. sensitive components. Nitrile is very elastic due to its rubber-like properties, but the cleanroom gloves still have a high tear resistance. The nitrile gloves also protect against chemicals and oil. The tactile sensitivity is comparable to disposable gloves.
Vinyl cleanroom gloves are less tight against the skin than nitrile and polyester cleanroom gloves. Like polyester and nitrile cleanroom gloves, vinyl gloves are also available as a conductive option; vinyl acts as a good insulator. Vinyl gloves are generally a less expensive alternative to cleanroom gloves made of other materials, while offering the best surface resistance properties. Sunlight exposure cannot harm vinyl, and the fabric is also flame retardant. Moisture is hardly absorbed by the gloves, which makes them resistant to some acids.
What special properties do cleanroom gloves have compared to conventional gloves?
Cleanroom gloves are along manufacturing the cleanroom product that most often comes into contact with the sensitive products. Depending on the environment in which they are used, the cleanroom gloves themselves and the materials used must comply with increasingly stringent guidelines. Therefore, cleanroom gloves should have these properties:
- High tear resistance
- High heat resistance
- Low abrasion
- Low particle permeability
- Very good sense of touch
- Long durability & resistant protection against chemicals
- Extensive prevention of transfer of undesirable substances such as oil, germs and bacteria
Conventional gloves rarely meet cleanliness criteria, either by leaving powder residues behind or because of insufficient protection when working with chemicals. Normal gloves endanger the quality of the products and also the health of your employees in cleanroom productions.
Our range includes cleanroom gloves from high-quality manufacturers such as Warmbier.