Well, as we might have expected, DuPont teamed up with Ansell so the pair could create ultra-lightweight and highly cut-resistant gloves. The gloves, featuring DuPont™ Kevlar® yarns and Kevlar® in combination with reinforced stainless steel, are part of Ansell’s ActivArmr® portfolio. This could be good news for the hands of construction workers.
According to a recent U.S. Department of Labor study, injuries to fingers and hands rank highest in workplace accidents (at 27 percent), and hand and finger accidents rank No. 1 in preventable injuries. A recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) study stated that more than 70 percent of arm and hand injuries could have been prevented with personal protection equipment (PPE), specifically safety gloves. DuPont and Ansell estimate the global construction market for gloves at more than $800 million annually.
And, I must account for at least half of that…always buying gloves. DuPont tests gloves around the world in places like Switzerland, China and Brazil while Ansell has operations in North America, Latin America, Asia and EMEA, (that’s a new term for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.) So it seems the two should have a grip on the kinds of dangers hands face everyday, no matter where the hands are.
Ansell’s range of new products include an 18-gauge lightweight cut-resistant glove, hybrid cut-resistant padded protection gloves and ergonomic durable general purpose gloves that will revolutionize the way gloves are viewed. The comapny’s new “Best In Class” gloves are available globally for construction workers and are specifically suited for specialty trade, such as the HVAC, plumbing, heavy labor sectors and general contractors. Other gloves in the portfolio are targeted specifically for use by the military.
“The uses of DuPont™ Kevlar® continue to grow in new, innovative ways. Our collaboration with Ansell is a great example of how Kevlar® can be spun with other materials to make another series of superior products to better protect people around the world,” said Thomas G. Powell, president, DuPont Protection Technologies. “This collaboration combined DuPont’s fiber and yarn technology with Ansell’s innovative glove design, tailored for specific applications. In this case, we developed a new manufacturing process to specifically produce ultra-lightweight steel-containing yarn, used in concert with our decades of experience in nylon, spandex and Kevlar® fibers.”
Who knows, maybe this is just another step on the road to something like… bionic hands?