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:
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.
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.