Materials, Adhesives & Coatings

Adhesives/​Sealants

Medical adhesives and sealants can be used to bond medical products, such as syringes, dialysis filters, blood bags and tube connections. Browse technical briefs, new products, and the latest applications related to the medical bonding tools.

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Features : Medical
A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips
A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips

When it comes to diabetes management, accurate blood glucose readings are paramount. And when it comes to generating accurate readings, the quality of the test strip is...

A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips
Global Innovations : Materials
Hydrogel Adhesive Helps in Wound Healing
Hydrogel Adhesive Helps in Wound Healing

Cuts, scrapes, blisters, burns, splinters, and punctures — there are a number of ways our skin can be broken. Most treatments for skin wounds involve simply placing a barrier over them (usually an...

Hydrogel Adhesive Helps in Wound Healing
Products : Materials
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Device Manufacturing Software

Master Control, Salt Lake City, UT, has released a software platform designed to automate production and improve operational quality....

New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Motion Control
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs

SPC Software

Zontec, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has released new statistical process control (SPC) software designed to improve manufacturing quality. The Synergy 1000™ and...

New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
INSIDER : Materials
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor

Wearable electronics that adhere to skin are an emerging trend in health sensor technology for their ability to monitor a variety of human activities, from heart rate to step count. But finding the best way...

Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
Products : Medical
New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Adhesives

Epoxy Technology, Billerica, MA, has completed ISO 10993 testing of its previously Class VI adhesives, as well as the addition of 12 new medical-device-grade...

New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Features : Wearables
Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology
Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology

Whether used in wound care products, ostomy applications, or for adhering wearable devices to skin, advanced pressure-sensitive adhesives are being created to improve breathability,...

Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology
Products : Medical
Product Focus March 2019: Materials
Product Focus March 2019: Materials

Alloys

RTP Company, Winona, MN, has released a group of proprietary alloys that are formulated for the design and manufacture of hospital equipment and plastic housings that require frequent...

Product Focus March 2019: Materials
Products : Software
New Products & Services: March 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: March 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Flush-Head Studs

Self-clinching flush-head studs from Penn-Engineering, Danboro, PA, feature a thread profile that enables quick mating with push-on plastic nuts, wire tie...

New Products & Services: March 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection

Selecting an adhesive when designing a wearable medical device is not a trivial exercise. Too often the adhesive selection process is executed with the mindset “tape is...

Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection
Features : Materials
Effects of Surface Preparation on Medical Silicone Adhesive Performance
Effects of Surface Preparation on Medical Silicone Adhesive Performance

Medical device manufacturers often use silicone adhesives to bond parts together when assembling products such as catheters, pacemakers, cochlear implants, aesthetic...

Effects of Surface Preparation on Medical Silicone Adhesive Performance
Briefs : Materials
Super-Elastic Surgical Glue Sticks and Seals in Vivo
Super-Elastic Surgical Glue Sticks and Seals in Vivo

To repair ruptured or pierced organs and tissues, surgeons commonly use staples, sutures and wires to bring and hold the wound edges together so that they can heal. However, these...

Super-Elastic Surgical Glue Sticks and Seals in Vivo
Features : Medical
ADHESIVES: The Importance of CTE for Assembly Reliability

Adhesive compounds play a critical role in the fabrication of assemblies for electronic, optical, and mechanical systems. In securing multiple components into a single structure, bonding agents such as epoxies and silicones help stabilize the assembly despite the various sources of stress...

Briefs : Wearables
Sticking to Skin: How to Overcome Human Factors
Sticking to Skin: How to Overcome Human Factors

The qualities that make skin an incredible organism are the same ones that make it a challenge to stick to. Engineers may know all too well the headaches that can come with selecting adhesives...

Sticking to Skin: How to Overcome Human Factors
Features : Materials
Silicone Adhesives for Medical Device Assemblies

Medical device assemblies present unique challenges beyond those associated with manufacturing and assembly of products for consumer and industrial applications. While sharing the need for ensuring reliable, robust seals or bonds with these industrial applications, medical applications are subject...

Features : Materials
Common Causes for Adhesive Problems

High-tech adhesives are very reliable and issues do not occur often. When used correctly, these adhesives can resolve many design issues while also saving money, time, and effort. However, there are many potential reasons for a possible failure when using these materials. Failure can be defined as no adhesion...

News : Materials
Worm-Inspired Adhesive Performs in Wet Conditions

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has developed an underwater adhesive that can be used in tissue repair applications. The technology replicates the adhesion strategy of the Sandcastle worm (Phragmatopoma californica), a segmented marine invertebrate commonly found...

Products : Materials
Adhesives for Cartridge Dispensing

Epoxies Etc., Cranston, RI, has added three new fast-cure epoxies to the range of adhesive products suitable for use with TriggerBond® dispensing guns. The TriggerBond system packages an adhesive’s two components into their own cartridges, which fit in a dual-barrel dispensing gun. Because the cartridges...

News : Materials
Waterproof Wound-Care Adhesives Inspired by Mussels

Inspired by the natural adhesives secreted by shellfish, which can cling to underwater rock ledges and ship hulls, a team of engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, has designed new waterproof materials that could be used to help heal wounds and surgical incisions.

News : Medical
Elastic Patches for Wireless Health Monitoring

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics, can support sophisticated wireless...

News : Medical
Adhesive Shows How to Mend a Broken Heart

When babies are born with congenital heart defects, like a hole, time is of the essence to quickly and safely secure a device inside the heart. Sutures take too long and can cause damage to fragile heart tissue, and currently available adhesives are either too toxic or lose their sticking power in the...

Products : Materials
EP79FL Electrically Conductive Epoxy

Master Bond Inc., Hackensack, NJ, formulated EP79FL with a silver- coated nickel filler, as a twopart, electrically conductive epoxy for bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It has low volume resistivity of less than 0.005 ohmcm and is suitable for use in the electronic, semiconductor and electro-optic...

News : Materials
Slug Glue May One Day Replace Sutures

While sutures have evolved over millennia, and catgut gave way to synthetics for stitching up injuries and surgical wounds, the basic process of suturing tissue remains the same. However, the method may finally have become outdated, say a team of researchers at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

News : Materials
Contact Geometry Determines Adhesion Strength

Researchers at Kiel University, Kiel, Germany, have been studying the role of adhesion in nature, which allows insects and lizards to climb walls, plants to twine up structures, and even bacteria cling to surfaces. During evolution, many of these develop mushroom-shaped adhesive structures and...

Features : Materials
Design Considerations for Selection of Skin-Contacting Adhesives

Medical device designers frequently face the need to adhere products to the skin, whether it is for a few minutes or in perpetuity. The huge array of pressure-sensitive materials available can make product selection a daunting task. This article outlines some of the most basic...

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