How Innovation Drives Superior Products

Superior Glove is a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of safety gloves, sleeves and complementary PPE. Learn how it uses state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and testing facilities to design and engineer PPE workers want to wear without compromising on essential hazard protection.
March 16, 2023

For more than 100 years, Superior Glove has engineered and manufactured innovative, high-quality hand and arm protection as well as complementary personal protective equipment (PPE) for every major industry. Based out of Acton, Ontario, Superior Glove has grown from humble beginnings to a global leader.

Superior Glove believes that workers should not have to choose between comfort and safety. This is why the company has developed manufacturing and research and development (R&D) capabilities to support its goal of engineering safety gloves that maximize protection without compromising on worker comfort—safety gloves that workers want to wear.

To further support this belief, Superior Glove also invests in its in-house R&D and testing facilities and designs its own products. Superior Glove owns and operates four manufacturing facilities; three in Canada and one in Honduras that are vertically integrated from fiber to final product in several product categories. These R&D and manufacturing practices are atypical in the PPE industry, which has made the company stand out as a long-time innovator and leader in industrial hand safety manufacturing.

How Superior Glove R&D Is the Cornerstone of Product Innovation

The state-of-the-art R&D facility is where new glove concepts and custom design solutions are materialized to make the gloves more comfortable without compromising on essential hazard protection.

Superior Glove manufactures engineered yarn in its facilities in Canada and Honduras. Engineered yarn makes it possible to achieve high protection-whether it's abrasion, cut or puncture-in comfortable, form-fitting gloves that allow workers to perform tasks that require dexterity. This way, workers stay safe throughout the workday and don't have to put their hands at risk by removing gloves to perform tactile tasks.

How Quality Control in Manufacturing Is Ensured

Superior Glove's engineers are always in search of ways to improve products for end-user application. The in-house testing lab is equipped with state-of-the-art testing equipment and a rigorous testing process that follows ANSI/ISEA 2016 standards or ASTM test methods. Standard ANSI tests covered in this lab include cut, puncture (standard and hypodermic), conductive heat, abrasion, impact and vertical flame test. The company also conducts additional internal custom tests, such as vibration test, grip test, contact cold and marring.

Safety gloves and sleeves produced in these manufacturing facilities go through in-house testing throughout the manufacturing process. Samples are tested, improved upon and retested until the desired protection and comfort level is achieved. All these products are then tested via third-party independent testing to confirm the in-house testing results and ensure the products meet safety standards. All iterations are conducted before finally going into manufacturing.

Resources Offered to Improve Safety

Superior Glove constantly pushes boundaries to innovate and deliver results that go beyond easy and obvious solutions. The team understands PPE is the last line of defense, so it offers free resources and services to help companies develop safety programs that go beyond PPE. The company partners with you to explore options that address each level of safety to help eliminate and reduce injuries through non-PPE changes. Superior Glove addresses the hazards that remain with appropriate PPE by offering free one-on-one consultations and sample programs that let your team try before you buy.

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