Latex gloves, made from latex, a aqueous dispersion of rubber particles, are a type of hand protective equipment. According to the usage, it can be divided into disposable gloves, household latex gloves, industrial latex gloves and medical latex gloves. Characterized by anti-slip, wear-resistant, puncture-resistant, resistance to acid and alkali, grease, fuel and other solvents, latex gloves are widely applied to medical, cosmetic and precision electronic products.
Both rubber and latex gloves are made of rubber, and the two are often mentioned together, but actually they are not the same material. Differences between these two kinds of gloves mainly lie in:
Rubber gloves are generally made of dry rubber, which has hard tactile while latex gloves use aqueous dispersion of rubber particles, with a soft touch. As far as material is concerned, latex gloves have a unique fingertip texture design that greatly enhances the grip and effectively prevents slippage and a palm print-free design for enhanced protection.
Rubber gloves are widely used in industrial fields, such as electricians’ insulating rubber gloves made for rubber’s insulating properties, and some can also be made into household cleaning gloves. The applications of latex gloves are more extensive, in addition to the fields mentioned above, it also can be applied to automotive manufacturing, battery manufacturing, fiberglass industry, aircraft assembly, aerospace environmental cleaning, all belong to high-tech industry.
3. Production Process
Rubber gloves are made from rubber sheet or film as raw material, with the methods of impregnation and molding. While latex gloves are made with a more sophisticated process by emulsifying the soluble rubber and dipping it with models. After dipping, these models are send to oven for preliminary drying, and before sending to the oven for vulcanizing, fiber inner sleeves would be added on them. Finally, demold the gloves, after which are a series of steps of inflation check, low temperature sizing, medium temperature drying, dehydration and drying.