Protective Glove test machines for EN 388

A set of equipment designed to test protective gloves intended for the European market to the requirements of EN 388: abrasion, cut, tear and puncture tests.

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EN 388 Test Equipment

STM 604 Martindale Abrasion Tester

STM 611 Circular Blade Cut Resistance Tester

STM 610 Cut Resistance Evaluator

STM 566 Tensile Tester

SATRA can supply a complete set of test equipment to allow the tests to be carried out for the requirements of EN 388: abrasion, cut, tear and puncture tests.

For more information about EN 388 glove testing equipment contact James Corton.

SATRA develops, designs and manufacture a wide range of test equipment. SATRA test equipment is unique in having benefited from being trialed first in SATRA laboratories - a huge advantage, as the SATRA name is recognized, respected and valued in over 70 countries world wide.

STM 604 Martindale Abrasion Tester
(EN 388 Clause 6.1)

This machine will determine the abrasion resistance of all types of material used for protective gloves in accordance with EN 388. It is the internationally-accepted test standard for wear of fabrics, and it is also used for determining the susceptibility of fabrics to pilling. The STM 604 machine can also test the abrasion resistance of rubber gloves and plastic/rubber coated fabrics by substituting the standard abradant with a grit paper.

STM 611 Circular Blade Cut Resistance Tester
(EN 388 Clause 6.2)

This machine measures the cut resistance of a material in accordance with EN 388 (Clause 6.2). A test sample is clamped in an easily-removed holder, which is then placed onto the machine. The circular blade is gently lowered so that it touches the test sample. With the counter set to zero, the ‘Start Test’ button is pressed to initialise the test. When the rotating blade penetrates the test sample, the machine will automatically stop. The number of cycles displayed on the counter screen is used to produce the cut index, which is a measure of the material’s cut resistance.

STM 610 Cut Resistance Evaluator

This tester applies a cut to the sample with a straight blade. A number of cuts are made, each using a new blade. A graph is then plotted of cutting stroke length compared to blade loading, to predict the force at which the blade will just penetrate the material at a 20mm stroke. The resulting force in Newtons gives the cut index and EN 388:2003 includes a possible correlation with the blade cut index value such as produced by STM 611. Other test methods using this equipment include ASTM F 1790-04 and ISO 13997.

STM 566 Tensile Tester
(EN 388 Clause 6.3 / 6.4)

The tensile tester is probably one of the most versatile machines used in a laboratory. The SATRA STM 566 is capable of carrying out tests where extension, stretch and compression against distance are involved. The SATRA tensile tester can perform many tests required by a wide range of standards and is complemented by a full range of associated tensile jaws. Special jigs are available to enable the tests in EN 388 Clauses 6.3 and 6.4 (tear and puncture resistance) to be carried out. The machine is a twin-column machine for extra strength and has been designed to be user-friendly, with simple software operating the machine from a PC (not supplied). Each screen shows real-time data and graphs are displayed to allow constant monitoring of information gathered.