A glovebag provides clear plastic sheeting as a
barrier between the operator and the enclosed material or process. The operation of the glovebag is made
possible by the application of the various features that allow gloved access, the transfer of material in and
out, and the actual performance of the task that the glovebag is designed to accommodate.
All glovebags share the common characteristics of a
body, glovesleeves, gloves and service sleeves. Various other items such as pass-out boxes, inlet filters,
and drains are added to meet specific needs.
The body of the glovebag is typically manufactured of
.006-.020" sheeting sealed to form a protected volume around the work area. The fabric is transparent
to allow observation of the work area. External supports in the form of tie-offs or grommet strips are used
to support the bag. If a specific shape is needed, internal frames or stiffeners will be included
in the body of the glovebag.
Glovebags are generally supported by elastic supports that
connect the external tie-offs to stable supports or to an external frame. Internal frames are sometimes
used to allow the unit to maintain a set shape. Some glovebags use internal support rings made of
semi-flexible plastic tubing.
The external frame must be constructed of material
strong enough to support the unit and the intended operations. This is generally plastic, aluminum or stainless
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