Quality Assurance testing of Latex Exam gloves

Happy Hands worker tensile testing dumbell cut pieces of gloves on the Shimadzu tensile testing machine

In the Video: The Glove is cut into dumbell shape pieces as per ISO 11193-1 and pulled on the tensile machine for Force at break testing in Newtons (N)

The Quality inspection process:

Quality Assurance worker performing water tight testing of latex gloves for pin hole defects

Quality Assurance testing of Latex exam gloves can be divided into the following steps:

  • Random Sampling of gloves as per the Mils standard.
  • Water-tight testing for pinholes as per AQL requirement.
  • Visual defect testing for Major and Minor defects.
  • Physical dimension and tensile strength testing.
  • Glove count per box.

 

 

A happy hands worker drawing packed glove dispenser boxes from cartons using random sampling method for Quality Assurance inspection of Latex gloves

1. Random Sampling

Gloves are randomly drawn from a lot or batch as per the standard for the Lot size. Production lots of 200 cartons per lot is sampled for glove inspection. The process is done for all the lots adding up to the full order. Once small lots of 200 cartons are drawn and sampled, a defect report is compiled. A final sampling of a big lot of the full order is done to complete the final inspection. Lots complying to the customer required AQL is strictly followed.  The final glove report is presented to Management for final approval of shipment.

 

2. Visual and Water-tight testing:

The randomly selected gloves from the previous step undergo water-tight and visual testing. In this step, the gloves are tested for pinhole leakage. Visual inspection of the sampled gloves is done to check for any major or minor defects. Batches that comply to the acceptable level for defects are approved for shipment to you. This test is done to ensure your hands are safe from cross contamination of any kind.

 

1000 ml of water put into Latex exam gloves to check for leakage defects
Latex exam gloves being tested for physical parameters of tensile strength, elongation, length, width and thickness

3. Physical dimensions and tensile strength testing

The glove lots that have passed the criteria for holes now undergo the physical strength and dimension testing. The gloves must comply to a minimum Force at break (N), elongation,dimension and thickness parameters to be given the green signal for shipping to you. All these tests are done to ensure that the glove fits comfortably in your hands without tearing and is easy to use.

Lab test equiments are calibrated once a year for assurance of correct results. You can be fully assured.

4. Glove count

Last but not the least, the glove quantity must comply to:

  • 100 pcs in a dispenser box and 10 dispenser boxes in a carton.
  • 100 pcs in a polybag and 40 polybags in a woven sac depending on the requirement of the customer.

Glove count testing of packed gloves is done to ensure you are getting complete gloves as promised.

A weight counting machine reading 100 pcs of gloves by weight. Accurate to plus and minus 1 piece.
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