Did you know that 70% of hand injuries in the US happen not to workers wearing poorly-performing gloves, but to workers wearing no protective gloves at all? All too often, operators feel unable to wear their gloves – whether it’s because they’re uncomfortable, not flexible or functional enough for a particular task, or because there’s not enough time to put gloves back on in-between activities.
In other words, to be truly protective, it’s not enough for gloves to just be cut-resistant. They must also allow the wearer to perform a full range of activities and remain comfortable over long periods of time. Ideally, gloves should work as a ‘second skin’, moving along with the 27 bones of the hand.
Putting end-users first
UK-based hand protection manufacturer Stalsen was set up to address this issue. The company’s core beliefs include putting people at the heart of its work, and never compromising on quality or consistency. Central to its approach is designing around end-users’ needs and challenges.
Stalsen is always looking for proactive partners who share and reinforce these values. This made working with Dyneema® an ideal choice, especially given the fiber’s established reputation as a reliable, flexible, comfortable and protective cut-resistant material.
A diamond-standard solution
Stalsen began working with Dyneema® Diamond Technology in 2020, and has since used it to create several new products. Up to three times as cut-resistant as standard HMPE, and up to 40% thinner and 30% lighter than generic HMPE, Dyneema® Diamond Technology provides excellent functionality, durability, and comfort in Stalsen’s gloves – as well as touchscreen compatibility.
These properties are largely thanks to Dyneema® Diamond Technology’s single-yarn structure, which is significantly thinner than conventional fibers. The thin fibers radiate heat away from the hands for all-day comfort, without compromising cut protection. This structure allows Stalsen to design gloves with uncompromised reliability and comfort, without using glass, basalt, or steel-fiber reinforcements.
Providing more than ‘just’ protection
In particular, Stalsen recently used Dyneema® to create its Rayza RX544 glove: a lightweight, breathable, washable, and touchscreen-compatible product with a cut-level rating of C (TDM) or A3 (ANSI). Throughout development, the ultimate question was “How can we provide protection that wearers won’t even feel?”. The goal was not just to offer protection, but to offer protection that people would want to wear all day, in all situations.
The result is a glove that feels like a second skin, allowing operators to comfortably carry out all of their tasks. Thanks to the gloves’ comfort, flexibility, and functional features, wearers don’t feel the need to take them off – and that means they’re getting the full benefit of their protective properties.
Through partnerships like these, we’re helping PPE become an extension of the body – so that wearers never have to compromise on protection.
Are you interested in learning more about Dyneema® Diamond Technology or our partnership with Stalsen? If so, please contact me directly.
Senior Account Manager