12. October 2018 | Medtech

Henkel to feature wide range of adhesive innovations for healthcare applications

Henkel auf der COMPAMED 2018
Henkel’s high-elongation LED curable acrylic adhesives combine outstanding bond strength on flexible medical devices made of TPE and TPU with high flexibility and low viscosity.
Source: Henkel
New trends in healthcare materials and manufacturing of medical devices demand new adhesive solutions. Henkel is addressing these challenges with a wide range of innovative product solutions on display at COMPAMED in Düsseldorf (November 12-15, 2018).

Flexible LED cure adhesives for medical devices

Building on the company’s expertise in Loctite* brand solutions for the healthcare industry, the spotlight will be on new acrylic adhesives that offer significant design and manufacturing benefits. Two of these products were specially developed for use on flexible applications made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU), two substrates increasingly specified by device manufacturers. As low-viscosity, LED curable and high-flexibility adhesives, they feature tack-free curing and combine high elongation (>200 %) with outstanding bond strength also on polycarbonate, acrylic and other rigid plastics used in medical devices. (*Loctite is a registered trademark of Henkel and/or its affiliates in Germany and elsewhere.)

Adhesives for functional medical plasters and advanced patches

Henkel will also be presenting its new hydrocolloid hotmelt pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA). This innovation targets the fast-growing market of functional medical plasters and advanced patches for use in applications such as advanced wound dressings, acne treatment and ostomy care. Apart from its outstanding balance of adhesion and peel strength, its hydrocolloid formulation delivers excellent moisture retention from the wound to the adhesive, good breathability and enhanced wearing comfort.

In addition, Henkel will present its portfolio of PSAs custom designed for a broad range of wound plasters and electrode/health patches. Certified to ISO 10993, these solvent acrylic products are characterized by good breathability and show excellent adhesion on sensitive skin with gentle and residue-free removal.

Holistic material solutions for next-gen smart health devices
Complementing its wide portfolio of adhesives for healthcare, Henkel will also showcase a number of comprehensive material sets enabling next-generation smart health devices, such as disposable moisture sensors for incontinence management and comfortable on-body health patches for real-time wireless patient monitoring using novel dry-electrode materials. The product range includes Loctite conductive sensing inks, skin-compatible PSAs, protective coatings and low-pressure molding materials, all designed for high speed, cost-efficient manufacturing processes.
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