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Six-Fingered Glovebox Glove

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240704D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-19
Document File: 9 page(s) / 602K

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Abstract

The present idea relates to gloves with six glove-fingers for the use in combination with a glovebox. The additional glove-finger aims at serving as a contigency thumb in case a glove designed for a left hand is to be operated with a right hand or a glove designed a right hand is to be operated with a left hand. In a preferred embodiment the sixth glove-finger of a left hand glovebox-glove is located adjacent to the glove-finger designed for the little finger of a left hand and is intented to be used by the thump of a right-hand if said left hand glove is to be used with said right hand; likewise, the sixth glove-finger of a right-hand glove is located adjacent to the glove-finger designed for the little finger of a right hand and is to be used by the thump of a left hand if said right-hand gloveis to be used with said left hand.

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Six-Fingered Glovebox Glove

FIELD OF THE IDEA

    The present idea relates generally to personal protective equipment, more specifically, to gloves, and, even more specifically, to gloves to be used in combination with gloveboxes. However, the present invention has applicability outside of personal protective equipment and is therefore not limited to personal protective equipment.

BACKGROUND OF THE IDEA

    A glovebox is a sealed container that is designed to allow a person to manipulate objects contained within the glovebox, wherein typically a controlled atmosphere is maintained. Built into the side or sides of the glovebox, typically built into the front-side of the glovebox, are gloves arranged in such a way that the user can place their hands into the gloves and perform tasks inside the box without breaking containment. Typically, part of the glovebox or even all of the glovebox is transparent to allow the user to visually control the manipulation.

    Generally, a glovebox can serve one or both of the following two purposes. First, to protect the environment from exposure to the objects or substances contained in the glovebox. This for instance applies to the the handling of toxic or radioactive material or the handling of hazardous biological material. The second purpose is to protect the objects or substances contained in the glovebox from exposure to the environment (e.g. oxygen, water vapor, dust, germs etc.). This for instance applies to the handling of sensitive biological material or the handling of reactive or oxidation sensitive substances. Often it is often desirable to maintain a controlled gas atmosphere within a glovebox, for instance an inert gas atmosphere consisting of nitrogen and/or argon.

    Typically, a glovebox is designed such that at least one person, in the following referred to as the operator, can manipulate objects or substances that are contained within the glovebox by means a one or more gloves.

    The measures of a glovebox are typically such that the operator can reach with his gloved hands most inner parts of the glovebox. Typical glovebox dimensions are 1m to 1.5 meters in width and 0.5m to 1m in both depth and height, but glovebox dimensions are not restricted to these measures.

    To the frontshield of the glovebox, typically made out of a transparent material like glass, acrylic glass (polymethylmethylacrylat), or the like, typically two

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gloves are attached in a fashion that the gloves and the box form a single airtight containment, the glovebox.

    Gloves designed to be used in combination with a glovebox are in the following referred to as glovebox-gloves.

    Typically said glovebox-gloves comprise rather long glove-sleeves such that the gloves may not only cover the operator's hands, but also partially or entirely the operator's arm, in order maximize the portion of the glovebox interior that can be reached by the operator.

    Also typically said glovebox-gloves are made out of an elastic polymer com...