Vancive Medical Technologies™ will showcase a new breathable double-coated tape for wearable device applications at Medica 2016, Nov. 14-17, Düsseldorf, Germany, hall 6, stand H07. Filling a need in the rapidly growing digital health sector, the pressure-sensitive adhesive tape was developed in response to wearable device OEM demand for more breathable materials, which can enhance patient comfort and promote long-term wear.
The new double-coated tape is designed to serve as a construction layer connecting a wearable device’s skin contact material to its sensor/electronics casing. Before the launch of Vancive’s new tape, OEMs were faced with limited choices for this construction layer, which is also referred to as the “tie layer.” Some used rubber adhesives or standard double-coated tapes, both of which lacked breathability. Others turned to acrylic adhesive transfer tapes, which can be difficult to process. Vancive’s new tape includes a support layer, which makes it easy to die cut and run through other manufacturing processes, but this support layer does not impede breathability.
The new tape is designed for wearable device applications in which the OEM needs to position an electronic device against the patient’s skin for long-term wear. When a device is comfortable, the patient is more likely to comply with the prescribed wear time, which could extend one to two weeks. Wearable device end uses can include mobile glucose monitors, insulin pumps, activity trackers, electrocardiogram monitors and other mobile health and wellness applications.
To learn more, please visit vancive.averydennison.com.