Before ROSTAING gloves reach the hands of our customers, they go through a huge number of stages in their design and production.
Indeed, the development of our models requires a certain know-how and a very specific technique. Patience and skill are essential throughout the creation process and guarantee a result that is unequalled to date.
Here are all the steps involved in making a pair of ROSTAING gloves!
What are the general characteristics of glove manufacture?
The work involved in making a glove is similar to the lingerie tailoring, as the following similarities show:
- Numerous fabric inserts;
- Very small seam allowances (3 mm);
- Very meticulous stitching, due to the small size of the gloves;
- Few straight seams.
In reality, the glove is made inside out so that the seams of the finished product are on the inside and not visible. To flatten the seams and give it its shape, the product is passed through a hot hand system.
In any case, making a pair of gloves takes time. For example, a pair of standard leather protective gloves takes 7 minutes to make. For technical gloves, such as firefighters’ gloves, the process can take up to 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Finally, each stage of production is followed by a thorough quality control to avoid as many defects as possible that could pose a risk to the user.
What are the different stages of production?
The number of steps in the manufacture of a protective glove varies and depends on several factors:
- The type of glove;
- The complexity of the glove (depending on the materials used);
- The technical nature of the glove;
Focus on two of our models to better understand the complexity of their development.
The lined cut and sewn glove
As with all our products, we start by checking the quality and conformity of the raw materials.
As a PPE manufacturer and in particular protective gloves, we have our own in-house laboratory – as well as certified external laboratories – to check our materials.
Then we cut the leather and the textile.
The skins (leathers) are stretched and die-cut. The expert in charge of cutting ensures that the skin is thick enough for the desired degree of protection.
The fabrics are cut by quilting, i.e. in several thicknesses allowing several pairs to be cut at the same time. The cut is also made with a punch. A quality control is then carried out to check the conformity of the cut.
Several steps follow to reach the final result:
- Assembly of the lining (+ quality control);
- Assembly of the glove in the following order: fingers-thumb-back-closure;
- Assembly of the lining to the outer glove;
- Turning the glove over;
- Passing in hot hand;
- Final quality control and packaging of the pair of gloves.
Our VIGNE model, from the PRONATUR range, corresponds to this manufacturing process. It is ideal for pruning work in cold and wet environment.
The knitted glove with palm reinforcement
First, the raw materials are carefully checked.
We then proceed to knit the glove using a specific knitting machine.
There are different knitting machines with different gauges depending on the fineness of the product required.
It is also important to know that one machine cannot knit all sizes of glove. Each model requires a specific setting according to the number and composition of the yarns used.
After the initial knitting, there are several important steps:
- Quality control of the knitting;
- The finishing of the knitwear, i.e. the application of the overlock at the wrist, a coloured finishing textile allowing the sizes to be differentiated;
- Cutting the leather for the palm reinforcement (+ control);
- The assembly of the different parts of the leather reinforcement (+ control);
- Stitching the reinforcement onto the knitted support (+ control);
- Passing in hot hand;
- Final quality control and packaging of the product.
The MASTERTOP model is for exemple using this manufacturing process. It is ideal for metalworking, woodworking or waste processing and is suitable for oily environments.
Would you like to know more about our technical product ranges?
Consult our 2021 catalogue to discover all our PPE protective gloves.