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Our advanced knowledge of medical device engineering means that we will be able to identify the optimal adhesive and material combination for your product.
The key function or purpose of your medical device will dictate the adhesive and backing types used. For instance, a wound care product designed to cover a joint will need to be manufactured using an adhesive and materials that can withstand a higher degree of movement and perspiration than a medical tape required for surgical procedures.
There are many other factors that need to be considered before the final selection is made, such as expected duration of wear, likely skin fragility and or sensitivity of the average user and the degree of breath-ability required. We will ask you a number of questions to ensure we fully understand your project and the device’s technical requirements before proposing our solution.
In many instances, combining a number of adhesives and materials will provide the best solution. A good example of this is combining a soft silicone gel adhesive with an acrylic adhesive in a double coated tape for device, sensor and multi-layered dressing construction.
We are highly experienced in manufacturing a wide range of products using a number of medical adhesives that we formulate.
Selecting the correct adhesive for your device is crucial because when the adhesion is too low, the device may not stay in place long enough for the full therapeutic effect and if it adheres too well, the tape may cause some mechanical trauma at removal.
Our adhesives fall into 4 categories:
Medical silicone adhesives are gentle and breathable. They adhere well during device attachment and cause low mechanical trauma during removal for a wide range of skin types, including fragile skin. Due to it’s composition, medical devices that use silicone adhesive can usually be removed and re-positioned several times.
Acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives are breathable, permeable to water vapour and do not leave a residue upon removal. These adhesives enable a dressing to be worn for a period of time whilst maintaining good skin condition due to their breath-ability. They are also more stretchable than rubber alternatives.
Synthetic rubber adhesives are strong, show high adhesion top skin and other materials, such as surgical drapes and can be more cost effective than silicone or acrylic alternatives. This type of adhesive is best used for products that are designed to have a short term use and/or a singular application. This is because they are not breathable and they are likely to leave adhesive residue when peeled.
A hydrocolloid dressing is biodegradable, breathable, and adheres to the skin, so no separate taping is needed. In contact with wound exudate, the adhesive absorbs water and swells, forming a gel. The moist conditions produced under the dressing promote wound healing, without causing softening and breaking down of tissue. Most hydrocolloid dressings are waterproof, allowing normal washing and bathing. The dressings can be worn for several days and can be removed easily, without leaving a residue.
With close partnerships with world leading adhesive coaters, we create, manufacture and supply bespoke adhesive solutions on a global scale. We ensure your product performs to optimum functionality by creating new adhesives that meet the specification and properties required. This can also save you time and money by removing manufacturing processes such as heat-treating, resulting in decreased production cost.