Truskin Gloves

Truskin Gloves

100% subsidiary of Sutures India

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Manufacturing

Surgical gloves are manufactured on fully automated machine using ceramic moulds. The sub-processes of the operation are

  • Former cleaning
  • Former rinsing
  • Former drying
  • Coagulant dipping
  • Coagulant drying
  • Latex dipping
  • Latex gelling
  • Pre-leaching
  • Polymer coating
  • Beading
  • Curing
  • Post leaching
  • Powdering
  • Drying
  • Stripping

The major raw material for the manufacture of Surgical Gloves is concentrated natural rubber latex. The other ingredients are curative, activators, accelerators, antioxidants and stabilizers.

Gloves manufacturing process

All solid additives are ground to a fine particle size by the process of ball milling and the resulting dispersion after QC checks and conformance to the spec is used for the process of compounding.

After compounding and maturation at the ambient temperature, the compounded latex is tested for the physical properties such as cure level, TSC, pH, MST, viscosity etc and on conformance to the spec are released by QC for dipping operation.

Coagulant solution is prepared to the required concentration and filled in the dope tank and top-up tank also is prepared for continuous metering of the solution.

In the dipping process the moulds are cleaned with water followed by acid, rinsed, dried and dipped in coagulant solution. After drying the coagulant, the moulds are dipped in compounded latex. The gelled latex film undergoes leaching, beading, post leaching, powdering, drying and then are stripped off the mould.

The stripped gloves are tumble dried, 100 % inspected for pinholes and visual defects. The QC approved gloves will be walletized, pouch packed, sterilized and dispatched.

Dipping

Thousands of ceramic hand formers are first washed by dipping in hot water. They are then dipped into a coagulant tank that contains process chemicals. Finally they are ready for dipping in the latex tank. These formers then pass through an oven where the liquid latex forms into gel.

Leaching

The formers then run through three long pre-vulcanization leaching tanks to remove excess chemical residue and latex protein, with hot water counter-flowing continuously against the formers as they pass through.

Vulcanization

The formers then run through three long pre-vulcanization leaching tanks to remove excess chemical residue and latex protein, with hot water counter-flowing continuously against the formers as they pass through.