In fact, by combining Dyneema Diamond Technology with polyamide and elastane in a fine knitted (13-gauge) glove construction, EN388 Level 4 cut resistance can be achieved – with no need for glass fibers or thin steel wires that can often cause stiffness and sometimes skin irritation. The comfort factor is critical here – too often accidents can happen when workers in hazardous occupations take off their gloves, either because the gloves are restricting what they’re trying to do with their hands or they’re just irritated by constantly wearing them. Real comfort is the assurance that the gloves will be worn.
Factors such as flexibility, dexterity and the cooling effect which contribute to wear comfort are assessed as part of an intensive collaboration process that licence partners of DSM Dyneema go through in developing their products for market. This takes into account both the ‘active’ protection provided by cut and abrasion resistance, and the additional ‘passive’ security that true comfort allows.
“A market study is initially carried out with the help of focus groups as part of the collaborative process,” explains Edwin Grootendorst, Regional Manager DSM Dyneema. “The aim is to identify where the new product best fits into a licensee’s range, its potential target market and likely price point. The next step is to take the idea to the R&D team.” The R&D team will test different yarn combinations and coatings in order to achieve the specific feel and touch, as well as the required color and technical properties. Prototypes are then produced and sent to a certified laboratory for testing.
At A+A, visitors will be able to experience for themselves the benefits of unique new gloves with Dyneema® Diamond Technology, and discover that comfort is indeed protection.
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® is an Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) fiber that offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibers, both on weight for weight basis. Dyneema® fiber floats on water and is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. The applications are therefore more or less unlimited. Dyneema® is an important component in ropes, cables and nets in the fishing, shipping and offshore industries. Dyneema® is also used in safety gloves for the metalworking industry and in fine yarns for applications in sporting goods and the medical sector. In addition, Dyneema® is also used in bullet resistant armor and clothing for police and military personnel.
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