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Wearable Device Tape

The Tape Lab specializes in helping our customers find the right wearable device adhesive solution for their products in their application. With telehealth becoming the norm in 2021 with Covid wearable device monitoring has become so much more relevant to daily life. Wearable devices will allow doctors to help diagnose and monitor patients from afar with limitless possibilities of tracking and tracing of conditions and diseases1

We have found that there is no one size fits all solution when designing tape solutions for wearable devices. There are so many materials, skin types to stick to, layers of devices that are sensitive to certain adhesives. We source Tapes that are Biocompatible (Biocomp 10993 approved) skin friendly medical adhesive tapes. Knowing the right tape solution is such an important part of designing wearable medical devices. Some important design considerations for finding the right adhesive includes the users age (babies or geriatric),length of time the wearable device needs to stay on the skin, location the wearable device is going to be placed on the body, skin type, geographical area of the world (is it applied in a high humidity environment, dry environment, cold or damp environment), the device weight and size, the sterilization method for the finished wearable device (Gamma, ETO, and other methods can affect adhesive performance), is the tape reusable or one time use. The Tape Lab can help you identify the best pressure sensitive tape option for your medical device by asking a lot of questions to better understand your application needs. Our trained staff has designed and developed hundreds of adhesive backed medical devices both for stick to skin applications as well as dynamic monitors, devices and clinical related apparatuses that are used in hospitals, nursing homes and clinics worldwide.

The Tape Lab is more than just the stick to skin layer of wearable device tapes. We also specialize in finding the right adhesive and material solutions for the interior structure of a wearable device. We work with many wearable companies helping them with heat management inside of the device as well as bonding in different substrates together with the many layers of electronic components and batteries in bluetooth enabled wearable devices. The Tape Lab can be your design and manufacturing partner for all the components in your wearable device. 

Wearable Device Tape Materials

Medical grade adhesives and flexible materials in your wearable device that come in contact with the skin need to have been tested to Biocomp 10993 (biocompatibility). We source materials that are breathable, comfortable on the skin, have both low and high initial tack, high moisture vapor transfer rate (MVTR) and can work with your sterilization process. The Tape Lab partners with all the major medical tape manufacturers including 3M, Avery Medical, Berry Plastics, Dermamed, Mactac and every other tape manufacturer in our industry. Medical Device adhesives come in single coated, double coated and transfer tape products. They can be rubber, acrylic or silicone based adhesive systems depending on your need. At The Tape Lab we can help mix and match different adhesives with different backing materials (below) to make you a custom material solution that will meet your needs. Our staff has many years in the medical design field and are experts in helping our customers find the ideal solution when it comes to selecting a medical device adhesive.

Medical Device Adhesives:

  • Natural & Synthetic
  • Rubber Adhesives
  • Acrylic Adhesives
  • Silicone Adhesives

Medical Device Backings:

  • Polyurethane backing
  • Polyester backing
  • Polyethylene backing
  • Woven and Non-woven backing
Wearable Device Tape Applications
Some typical applications for wearable device tape is: devices used to monitor, diagnose or treat health conditions such as Covid tracing, constant glucose monitoring (CGM), heart rate (ECG and EKG), pulse and blood pressure monitoring, drug delivery of new age pharma products, O2 monitoring on the skin, delivery of vaccines, and as simple of patient monitoring for simple ailments. The challenge for startups and manufactures is finding the right combination of adhesive tape materials and backings to produce a comfortable, breathable and reliable long term skin contact securement system for their patients and end users.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pressure sensitive tape is an adhesive that bonds to “skin” in medical applications and has a a holding power that allows it to bond to the human skin without causing irritation. The Tape Lab helps identify the correct adhesive solution for our clients to ensure the tape stays on the device or skin for a short or long duration depending on the needs for the application. There are adhesive tapes that can stay bonded to human skin for up to 21 days.

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