Adhesives Research Launches Long-Term Wear and Gently Removing Adhesives for Advanced Wound Care Applications


Glen Rock, PA (2012) –Adhesives Research (AR), Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of custom pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes, specialty coatings, films, laminates, product authentication and engineered fiber technologies, is pleased to introduce gently removing and long-term wear adhesives for addressing the specialized needs of skin contact and advanced wound care dressing applications.

AR’s non-silicone, low-trauma PSA technology mimics the gentle properties of silicone adhesive platforms with the added benefit of offering aggressive, intimate skin contact with virtually painless and residue-free removal.  This gently removing technology offers sustained adhesion for repositioning without compromising dressing security and is formulated to release cleanly from hair and the top layer of skin.  Unlike some silicones, this technology also exhibits good ratings for resistance to gamma sterilization.

For long-term wear applications, AR offers an acrylic medical-grade, tailorable adhesive technology that meets the critical design parameters required for adhesives in wear applications requiring a more aggressive adhesive to secure a dressing in place for up to seven days. This new technology offers high moisture vapor transmission rates (MVTR) for breathability, very good wear properties, minimal edge-lift and tolerable removal with no adhesive residue remaining on skin.  This adhesive is well-suited for dressings intended for difficult-to-adhere wound sites or other applications requiring long-term adherence properties.

In addition to its low-trauma and long-term wear adhesives, AR continues to advance its dissolvable film and porous adhesive technologies.  AR’s dissolvable film technology provides an efficient medium for stabilizing sensitive reagents, delivering therapeutic agents or dispersing pigments. With customizable dissolution rates, each pre-measured film strip can be designed to deliver a specified release over time.

AR’s porous adhesive technology provides the ability to develop dressings with improved breathability and moisture management properties.  Offering a low-density, highly permeable adhesive layer, the adhesive’s pores form stable, non-collapsing channels to enable the flow of fluids and/or gases in the Z-axis direction. Available in hydrophilic or hydrophobic chemistries, this customizable adhesive technology demonstrates MVTR up to 9,000 g/m2/day.

Founded in 1961, Adhesives Research offers problem-solving capabilities and custom solutions in adhesive polymerization, mixing, adhesive coating, and release liner design supported by extensive product development and analytical support. Today Adhesives Research’s diverse technologies are used around the world in electronics, displays, solar energy, wireless telecommunications, window fabrication, and the pulp and paper industries, as well as in medical diagnostics and devices, wound care, pharmaceuticals/transdermals, implantable textiles and product authentication applications.

Based in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, Adhesives Research, a permanently independent company, also operates manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Colombia, has sales and marketing offices in Great Britain and Singapore, a representative office in Shanghai, China, and sales representation in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The company’s North American and Limerick, Ireland, facilities are certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards. The North American manufacturing facility is also certified to ISO 13485:2003 to support the growing needs of the company’s medical device and pharmaceutical customers.