Skin-friendly Adhesives for Wearable Sensors

4/9/19

Skin-friendly adhesives have become an important part of wearable sensors over the past few years. With the advancement of medical technology, more and more sensors are being developed, some of which reside on the surface of the skin and some of which actually penetrate the stratum corneum for collecting fluids for analysis. In both cases, the integrity of the measurement is influenced by performance of the adhesive in terms of movement on skin, duration of wear, patient comfort during wear, and removal from skin after the intended use period.

Adhesives Research has developed an excellent understanding of the various factors influencing the performance of adhesive on skin. We have developed technologies which can help the sensors stay on skin from one day to 30 days, depending on the needs of the application. There are many factors that have to be understood to develop a suitable solution. The selection of appropriate substrate is as important as the selection of adhesive. The substrate plays a critical role in user desirability, user comfort, cost, and performance in different parts of the body. It also has an effect on the performance, depending on whether the user is active or sedentary. The adhesive plays a key role in securing the device so that there is no movement of the sensor during use and it is one of the main causes of skin irritation, rash, etc.

An ideal partner for your customized needs, Adhesives Research has been designing, developing, and manufacturing adhesive solutions for more than 50 years.