3M today announced what it’s calling next-generation silicone adhesive for medical devices, the 2480 3M Hi-Tack silicone adhesive.
The first product that will feature the new adhesive is the 2480 3M single coated medical nonwoven tape with Hi-Tack silicone adhesive on the liner. It is designed for longer wear times, to support heavier devices and to offer more secure adhesion, according to Maplewood, Minn.-based company.
3M describes the adhesive as repositionable, flexible and conformable to work well with various medical devices, including continuous glucose monitoring systems, wearable monitors, sleep and incontinence devices. It is strongly bonded to the backing to minimize residue on both skin and production equipment and is compatible with ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization, the company said.
“Medical devices are essential, and engineers need confidence their adhesive is strong enough to secure a heavier device for longer duration without causing trauma to the patient’s skin upon removal,” said Marcello Napol, VP of 3M Medical Device Solutions, in a news release. “We leveraged 3M’s 55+ years of skin adhesive know-how to push the envelope of silicone adhesives and create a new product that bridges this gap. The 2480 3M Hi-Tack silicone adhesive is the first of its kind to offer the repositionable, gentle properties of silicone and achieve up to a four-day wear time, supporting heavier, more complex devices.”
The new adhesive is part of a larger portfolio, with additional silicone adhesives to be introduced in 2021.