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Pigment   This is an inert chemical compound with high opacity added to color the product. In examination gloves, titanium dioxide is commonly used to whiten the product.
Pinhole   This is the most crucial criterion in assessing the usefulness of medical gloves. Pinholes are minute holes in gloves that are detected using air or water.
Powdered   Gloves require some means to prevent adhesion internally as well as between them. Powder is the most common way to achieve this objective. Currently USP grade absorbable cornstarch is the most popular glove powder in use. Most manufacturers are refining their processes to ensure minimum powder usage while retaining the ease of donning. Over powdering has been implicated in the spread of allergenic latex protein by air. Other than cornstarch, oat starch is also used in certain brands.
Powder-free   In view of objection to powder usage on gloves by some users, new processes are developed to achieve adhesion prevention by avoiding powder usage completely. This leads to a class of glove product described as powder-free. Presently, powder-free gloves are either made through chlorination, polymer coating or silicone treatment. Since powder-free gloves are made using additional processes and materials, they are naturally most costly than powdered gloves.
Residual Powder   Residual powder measures the excess powder beyond what is required. Unfortunately current tests do not measure this accurately, as there are many variables to consider. Currently the test measures total powder extractable in water.
Sensitivity   Putting on gloves means a loss of tactile sensitivity as a barrier comes between the fingers and the object. This is unavoidable since the function of gloves is to confer protection. A good glove minimizes the degree of loss of touch and a good close fit always allows a greater degree of sensitivity. In this regard, latex gloves of the right size give superior sensitivity than, say, vinyl.
Sensitization   The process of developing allergic reaction to latex proteins found on some gloves. Sensitization is irreversible.
Smooth   Texture of gloves made from smooth surfaced molds.
Tensile Strength   A measure of the strength of glove when stretched. A ‘soft’ glove tends to have low tensile strength, so is one that is not well vulcanized.
Textured   If the molds used to produce the gloves are roughened, the gloves will acquire a rough or textured surface on the side in contact with the molds. Texturing will give a better grip of the object, enhancing the form-fitting feature of the glove.
Thickness   This is measured on a single wall using a micrometer over several parts of the glove, typically at the cuff, the mid-palm and the finger sections. The minimum thickness is 0.08mm as required by the ASTM D3578 standard specification for rubber examination gloves.

Contact Information

Rubbercare Protection Products Sdn Bhd (169997-P)
Lot 120&121, Jalan Senawang 3,
Senawang Industrial Estate,
70450 Seremban,
Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia.

Lot 110, Lorong Senawang 4/3,
Off Jalan Senawang Empat,
Senawang Industrial Estate,
70450 Seremban,
Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 6 677 2781
Fax: +60 6 677 2780
careplus@po.jaring.my (Marketing)
info@careplus.com (Enquiries)