Major automakers, two in the past year, have embraced Brass Knuckle® SmartCut™ BKCR2403 Cut-Resistant Gloves for assembly operations in their U.S. plants. These gloves offer ANSI level A2 cut protection balanced with extreme dexterity for tasks calling for very fine motor skills. They’re perfect for the dual demands of automobile manufacture: ruggedness and tactile sensitivity.
Application expertise is critical to delivering personal protection equipment that suits its function precisely. It’s not just about material thinness, but fit, feel, and functionality. It’s not just about grip, but the appropriate amount of grip.
SmartCut™ BKCR2403 is an 18-gauge glove with the cut resistance of a much thicker product. Its HPPE (high performance polyethylene) and glass-fiber shell are lightweight. A black polyurethane palm coating delivers reliable abrasion protection and enhanced grip.
A coating that is too thick and grippy won’t be compatible with the rotational tools inherent to auto manufacturing such as drills and screw guns. When used with these kinds of tools, a glove with too much grip can cause wrapping – literally, the fingers can become wound-up in the tool.
But going too far the other way isn’t the answer, either. Coating that is too light can make picking up small parts difficult. Also, a light coating that is not properly adhered to the glove can flake off.
SmartCut™ BKCR2403 Cut-Resistant Gloves strike that perfect balance this automaker’s application required.
It is application expertise that enables Brass Knuckle to provide PPE that serves as a precision tool tailored to specific job types. The southern auto plant had been using a thicker glove. But when introduced to a thinner, more tactile glove with identical cut protection, plant management immediately recognized the benefit to assembly workers.
A better-fitting, more effective glove also promotes compliance, as employees don’t mind wearing a glove with lifelike feel and no bulky bunching. Optimum fit minimizes muscle stress by eliminating the feeling that a wearer’s range of motion is restricted. SmartCut™ BKCR2403 Cut-Resistant Gloves proved the ideal solution.
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