Our range of medical grade materials offer unique characteristics for stick to skin applications and can be sterilised by EtO, gamma and steam. Other products include speciality films and foils for a range of medical applications.
We offer our customers access to a superior range of medical grade materials for the varied applications found within the healthcare market. Our commitment to quality, demonstrated by our ISO 13485 registration, FDA registration and ISO Class 7 Clean Room capability means our customers are confident in the superior quality we can achieve for their medical products.
We fully understand the key needs of the automotive market; we offer quality management to ISO 9001, clean room manufacturing and TS16949 compliance. This, combined with our access to World leading materials, makes us the first choice partner in the manufacture of automotive components.
We supply adhesive components into a range of electronics applications, from bonding of dissimilar substrates, to sealing, cushioning, shielding and insulating of components. Whatever your needs, our access to a variety of products, and the ability to create bespoke constructions and components, will ensure we have a solution to your unique requirements.
Industrial grade materials offer strength and resilience, as well as resistance to UV, chemicals, oil and extreme temperatures. Whatever your needs, our experts can advise on the optimum product for your application. We can convert your material into bespoke components for enhanced manufacturing efficiencies and cost savings.
The safety critical applications of this market require trusted adhesive solutions to ensure high quality and reliability of products. We offer a range of materials for bonding, sealing, insulating, shielding and venting for a range of detection, monitoring and emergency devices. Whatever your needs, we have the experience, materials and converting expertise to offer the optimum solution to the unique requirements of your products and processes.
We offer a range of specialist products and manufacturing processes to satisfy the safety critical needs of the defence industry. With Quality Management accreditation to ISO 9001, Clean Room manufacturing and SC21 accreditation, we are confident in meeting the quality expectations of our military and defence customers.
Adhesive tapes offer a range of trusted solutions for aerospace applications and are commonly used for bonding and sealing, as well as vibration dampening, shielding, cooling, masking and venting. We have access to a vast range of materials, which we can convert into bespoke components for enhanced quality and manufacturing efficiencies.
We offer a range of bonding tapes and films for the assembly and protection of furniture, partition walls, flooring systems, HVAC products, doors and windows. Whether you require a permanent bonding solution or temporary protection, we can advise on the optimum product for your unique application.
Modern lighting utilises many adhesive components to enhance the aesthetics and the efficiency of lighting products. We provide bespoke adhesive components to efficiently bond, seal, vent, dissipate heat and reflect light in a range of lighting applications.
Solar and wind energy products are subject to the harshest external environments throughout their lifetime. This includes extreme temperatures, UV light, wind, rain and debris. We offer a range of performance materials to protect components and resist these environmental extremes, as well as efficiently bond, insulate and vent internal components.
We have over 50 years experience in converting tapes and flexible materials for a diverse range of industries and applications. During this time we have built long lasting relationships with suppliers and customers and have built on our experience, capabilities and our reach throughout Europe and beyond.
From design conception to final production and assembly, quality is paramount in providing our customers with products that consistently reach their desired quality standards. We do this through external accreditation and auditing, as well as internal practices and performance monitoring.
Parafix is proud to partner with world leading tape and material manufacturers. With access to a broad range of products we offer our customers extensive choice and the opportunity to combine complimentary materials from any manufacturer, unique to their requirements.
We are proud of our ‘can do’ attitude at Parafix, always striving to solve our customers’ challenges. We are also committed to quality and aim to treat our customers, employees and communities fairly and with care.
There are many reasons why tapes are replacing traditional fixing methods. Among these is the strong and reliable bond that tapes provide and their additional functionality such as sealing, shielding, insulating and cushioning. In addition to these benefits, joining with tape offers greater design options, product quality and enhanced manufacturing efficiencies.
A customised adhesive component offers a number of benefits to designers and engineers. Product designs can be streamlined with invisible joins and product manufacture is made simple with a convenient and easy to handle component. Adhesive parts can be designed with application aids, or for use in automated assembly processes.
When choosing an adhesive product, there are some key criteria to consider so that the desired performance is achieved. By understanding the end product and conditions it will be subject to, a material can be specified that will last the full life of your product.
Choosing the right adhesive for your wearable device
Key considerations for your wearable device
Adhesive tape has long been the driver for product innovation and in the healthcare market the development of medical grade adhesives is supporting the growth in wearable devices to offer long or short-term wear without harming or irritating the skin.
Product developments can be found in a growing number of wearable device applications, such as chronic disease management, acute care and rehabilitation, in-home monitoring and wellness tracking.
This wouldn’t be possible without the advances in adhesive technology because skin as a substrate to stick to presents a number of challenges. These include:
The skin’s condition does not remain constant (moisture, temperature and cell renewal)
Its surface can vary (smooth, hairy, oily, dry and flaky, thick, thin, wrinkly, elasticity and pore size)
Its sensitivity can vary (location, age, allergies, wounds or abrasions)
It is subject to friction and movement
It can be exposed to varying environments (liquids, heat, humidity)
It can be exposed to varying contaminants (dead skin cells, sweat, salt, lotions and powders)
Despite these challenging conditions, advances in adhesive technology have made it possible to bond to the skin successfully in a variety of scenarios, for example silicone adhesives which allow gentle, low trauma removal, particularly welcome for sensitive skin or applications involving children or the elderly.
Whatever your application, it is vital you’re using the correct adhesive tape for the job, as complaints of skin irritation or product failure can quickly erode trust in your brand. For this reason, product specification should be included in the early stages of product design.
We’ve put together some key considerations to ensure you find the right medical adhesive for your wearable device applications.
Who is wearing the device? Is it the very young or elderly? Are they active or inactive?
Where on the body will the device be attached? The skin’s sensitivity, hair coverage, thickness and movement varies by location.
How long is the device going to be worn? Does the backing need to be breathable? Do you need an adhesive for long or short wear time? This will help to find the right balance between securing the device for the desired timeframe, without causing pain upon removal.
What is the shape of the device? Making it oval instead of square can reduce the likelihood of it catching.
What outside stresses will the device be exposed to? The level of friction and movement will determine the strength and flexibility required of the adhesive material.
Will the device be sterilised? Compatibility with the sterilisation methods of EtO, gamma and steam varies by medical adhesive tape.
What other substrate(s) will be bonded to? Differential tapes are available for bonding two different substrates, such as skin to plastic or fabric.
Are there processing and handling considerations? Does the device require features for the manufacture or application of the device e.g. tabbed or butterfly liners.
Partnering with someone that understands the different types of medical materials saves a lot of time in the design and testing of your wearable device.
We have dedicated specialists on hand to guide you on material selection, as well as advise on component design and other material requirements such as assembly, shielding and insulation tapes. Get in touch to find out more.