What Makes a Work Glove Touch Screen Compatible?

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

With the widespread use of smart phones, it is no wonder that many glove manufacturers have begun incorporating touch screen capability into their glove designs. For industrial workers, this is a very convenient and efficient feature. But just how do work gloves become touch screen compatible?
We’ll let you into a few secrets to the magic of touch screen capability.
How does Touch Screen even work?
Believe it or not, it takes more than just contact pressure to make your touch screen device work. The key to touch screen is having contact with something that conducts electricity. That is why ordinary work gloves do not work with touch screen devices; the do not allow electricity to pass through. So, when your finger touches the device screen, it is conducting electricity, which is received by the device.
Why is Touch Screen Capability important?
I think we can all recognize what a huge role technology plays in our every day lives. It has become such an integral piece to how we live and work. The reach doesn’t stop for industrial workers either. The use of portable devices like tablets and phones have helped industrial workers become more efficient in their jobs. However, this efficiency comes at a safety risk.
Employees must wear protective gloves while working, but those gloves didn’t allow them to utilize their devices correctly, so they’d be forced to remove their gloves to use the device, leaving them un protected from potential injury from machinery. In order to solve both these problems, glove manufacturers figured out a way to make work gloves compatible with devices so workers don’t have to remove them.
When looking for a touch screen compatible work glove, look for something that is lightweight, allowing electricity to flow through your fingertips. A couple good options would be a lightweight knitted glove with a foam nitrile coating or a stainless steel knit glove.

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