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Investigation of various clean room gloves for cleanliness
Author(s): Lynette Lobmeyer; Mike Pirkey
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Paper Abstract

The donning of gloves is an essential handling requirement for minimizing aerospace hardware contamination. . Glove manufacturers frequently tout particle cleanliness, aqueous extractables, and pin holes in their literature. However, t comfort, dexterity, the level of non-volatile residue, and other characteristics are also important characteristics to consider when dealing with contamination sensitive, high-value hardware. In this paper, Ball Aerospace and Technologies (BATC) reports on its s investigation of several readily available gloves for use in the aerospace manufacturing environment and has developed a method of selection, testing, and analysis to ensure that gloves donned are ready for service. The testing method used do not necessarily comply any with any industry standards. The original tests fell into several categories. One of these was a non-volatile residue (NVR) test which examined contamination on the surface of the glove. A number of lots from several manufacturers were evaluated which provided insights into the cleanliness levels of gloves from potential. This has allowed us to track the lot to lot variability of the cleanliness level of gloves we receive from approved vendors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8492, Optical System Contamination: Effects, Measurements, and Control 2012, 84920K (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.966857
Show Author Affiliations
Lynette Lobmeyer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Mike Pirkey, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8492:
Optical System Contamination: Effects, Measurements, and Control 2012
Sharon A. Straka; Nancy Carosso; Joanne Egges, Editor(s)

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