Two-Part System Provides up to a 270 Percent Improvement in Friction.

3M announced recently the introduction of Work Gloves made with 3M™ Gripping Material that deliver greater productivity and performance with less effort. Work Gloves made with 3M™ Gripping Material can provide up to a 270 percent improvement in friction when used as a two-part system and are ideal for anyone — from construction and industrial workers, to weekend warriors — who need a better grip especially in wet or oily conditions.

Comprised of thousands of micro fingers, the 3M™ Gripping Material, which is incorporated into the work gloves, enhances traction and hold on many tools and pieces of equipment. This means, reduced slippage, fewer dropped tools and improved productivity with less fatigue. The Work Gloves can be used alone, or as a two-part system, which mates the gloves with tools or piece of equipment wrapped with 3M™ Gripping Material tape. The two-part system significantly improves friction over traditional leather gloves and wraps. In addition, the Work Gloves are resistant to abrasion and punctures so they stand up to the demands of the factory and in the field.

“Not being able to properly grip tools because of wet or oily conditions can be frustrating,” said Tanya Richert, global marketing development manager, 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. “Whether you are handling a jackhammer, hand-tightening an oil filter in your garage, shifting levers in a plant or cutting tree limbs in your backyard, grip performance is always a concern. Work Gloves made with 3M™ Gripping Material bring science and better grip performance to any job by allowing the users the ability to grip lighter, not tighter.”

In a 3M-sponsored study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that using 3M™ Gripping Material under dry conditions reduced required grip force by an average of 24 percent. Using 3M™ Gripping Material for twisting tasks, oil-saturated surfaces reduced the average grip force needed by 56 percent.

3M™ Gripping Material is available for a wide-range of applications. In addition to work gloves and tape, golf gloves and batting gloves are also available for situations where a strong grip offers a performance advantage.

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