Puncture and Cut Resistant Glove Testing

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2018-04-20
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Fort, Thomas
Bruns, Kollin
Koziel, Jacek
Bichel, Adam
Miller, Jebidiah
Vanstrom, Joseph
Koziel, Jacek
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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American Packaging Corporation is a flexible packaging converter; they currently have three operational facilities in Story City, IA; Columbus, WI; and Rochester, NY, with a new facility being built in Chili, NY. Engineering laminations and coatings, rotogravure printing and lamination, and flexographic printing and laminating are some of the techniques that they are capable of. They provide packaging for a wide range of products in food and beverage, personal care, health care, and specialty packaging. A testing procedure is needed to test the performance of puncture and cut resistant gloves in a specific scenario that is commonly seen throughout through their facilities. The problem that American Packaging faces is that the current gloves that they use meet the specifications for cut resistance, but have no rating for puncture resistance. This is because their manufacturers of cut resistant gloves do not provide a rating scale/system for puncture resistance (Safety Gloves and Hand Protection). Employees are getting hurt, and this is causing costs in medical care and lost productivity. Our proposed solution will apply to American Packaging outside of its location in Story City, Iowa, as they are planning to implement one set of gloves to be used across all of their manufacturing facilities in the United States. This proposed solution will potentially reduce the cost and amount of gloves American Packaging has currently been spending. What is not known about the problem is the severity of injuries, also we do not know the lifespan of this project. Especially we don't know if they will use it once or use it continuously.

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