Medical Adhesives & Tapes for Healthcare
Since 1990, MBK Tape Solutions has helped design, fabricate and manufacture adhesive-backed component parts for medical devices, including single- or double-sided medical tapes, wearables, and transdermal patches, among many more. With the help of our converting partners such as 3M and Avery Dennison Medical, the MBK team of specialists work together with our customers to help tailor medical-grade adhesives and materials to your exact specifications.
Our custom capabilities include, but are not limited to, custom multi-layer laminations, die-cutting, slitting, extended liners and pull tabs, island placement, printing, registration, roll rewinding and custom liners. From prototyping and testing through full scale production, MBK makes for an ideal partner at every stage of your product cycle. Furthermore, we are an FDA-registered medical device contract and component manufacturer (CM) and will provide documentation and certification for all materials and processes. MBK converts and packages materials in an ISO 8/Class 100,000 cleanroom and is ISO 9001-2015 certified for quality management.
Medical Grade Adhesives
MBK offers a wide range of medical grade adhesives and flexible materials. From single coated and double coated tapes to films, foams, nonwovens, silicone adhesives and gels, hydrogels, hydrocolloids and release liners we will help you find the best materials to use in in the production of your health or beauty application. Whether you need skin-friendly materials or aggressive adhesives used in the actual construction of your device, we can help develop a cost-effective, reliable product that is easily applied by both clinicians and patients.
Adhering devices, patches, and monitors to the skin has become a critical portion of the overall system to treat, medicate, and monitor health. When designing a skin-friendly device, it is important to balance between using a weight-bearing adhesive that will hold the device in place while also avoiding excessive skin irritation and discomfort to the patient. Clean and gentle removal of the device is also an important consideration in both short- and long-term wear. Besides the fact that every person's skin is different and reacts differently in varying environments, there are many other factors to consider when needing an adhesive or component to stick to the skin.
What to Consider When Designing a Skin-Friendly Wearable Device:
- Sterilization requirements
- Age (neo-natal to geriatric)
- Breathability MVTR
- Wear duration < 24 hours to 14+ days
- Body location/where on body device is located
- Gentle or aggressive adhesion
- Hydrophilic or hydrophobic
- Moisture and water resistance
- Release liner characteristics
- Repeat use
- Skin type and tape color
Medical-grade adhesives are used to bond medical devices ranging from wound closure and wound coverings to health monitors and beauty applications. These adhesives must be strong enough to withstand long-term wear, harsh sterilization and grueling environments, while also remaining non-toxic and safe for use around patients. Since many medical products are single-use and produced in mass quantities, custom die-cut adhesives are a perfect solution to effectively and efficiently get your device to the masses and make it easy for the end user to use and remove.
Adhesives, Tapes & Medical Device Components
Surgical adhesives and surgical tapes offer a practical and cost-effective means to simplify a variety of medical procedures. Pressure-sensitive tapes can be used to seal wounds or attach dressings. Specialty films are also available to adhere over incisions after surgery to help repel moisture and protect against infection.
Similar adhesives are used to attach wearable technologies such as portable cardiac monitors or biofeedback devices. Doctors often prescribe these wearables before or after surgery to monitor a patient's vitals or movements after discharge. The adhesives for these devices must therefore be gentle on the skin, but strong enough to hold the device in place during daily activities, restless sleep, and other common medical situations.
At MBK Tape, we offer a variety of medical and surgical tapes for applications such as:
- Bonding and surface mount adhesives
- Chemotherapy infusion port covers
- Conductive adhesives
- Cosmeceutical patches
- Custom adhesive laminates
- Electrical insulators
- EMI/RFI shielding
- Energy absorption pads
- ENT surgical device components
- Face Shields & Masks
- Flex circuit components
- Gaskets, spacers, and shims
- Grounding pads
- Hearing aid components
- Insulin delivery devices
- IV site care
- Medical electrodes
- Membrane switch components
- Ophthalmology surgical device components
- Optical grade films and other lens components
- Packaging cards for surgical devices, cannulas, catheters
- Pharmaceutical filtration components
- Protective face shields
- Shock, vibration, and noise dampeners
- Skin contact tapes and foams
- Sleep apnea device components
- Surgical drapes
- Surgical patches
- Suture pack assemblies
- Thermal management materials
- Topical analgesic patches
- Transdermal patches
- Tube organizers
- Warming blankets
Stick-to-Skin Wearable Devices
Stick-to-skin wearable devices include everything from CGS and cardiac event monitors to motion detection devices for physical therapy. These devices often remain with a patient for a significant period of time, allowing them to go about their daily lives without sacrificing timely medical care.
Because they are often used daily for long periods of time, wearables require skin-safe adhesives that are breathable, sweat-resistant, and flexible enough to move with the body. Conversely, however, they can't be too harsh or too difficult to remove.
In addition to comfort, the skin-related factors that influence adhesion must also be considered. For instance, natural oils produced by the epidermis will interfere with adhesion of certain adhesives even on clean skin. Similarly, the skin is constantly shedding old cells and producing new ones, especially in injured areas. These two biological factors combine to cause build-up of skin and oil that can prematurely weaken a low-quality adhesive.
As such, wearable adhesive must be moisture-resistant, flexible, strong, and easy-to-remove—all at the same time. These considerations make wearable adhesives a special challenge for even experienced manufacturers.
Given the unique characteristics of human skin, many stick-to-skin wearables use a double-sided adhesive. The skin side uses a flexible, comfortable adhesive, while the medical device attaches to the other side via a much stronger non-toxic adhesive. These two-in-one adhesives are the best option for protecting skin while still ensuring critical health devices remain firmly in place.
Over the past 20 years MBK has developed a multitude of wearable patches and stick-to-skin wearable devices in several industries including CGM, health and fitness monitoring, fetal monitoring, gastric monitoring, temperature monitoring, and many more. We have been part of the revolution in healthcare to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients with the application of state-of-the-art devices that constantly monitor patients.
MBK has medical adhesive materials, the equipment, and the know-how to make precision devices with island placement. In conjunction with 3M, Avery Dennison, DermaMed, and other adhesive manufacturers, we have constructed tapes for the market that can adhere to skins for 14+ days. We are able to do this by combining the best adhesive medical tapes and films and increase the MVTR on the skin to give patients exceptional breathability while a device is attached to the skin.
Applications for our products in this area include:
- Bed sore reduction monitoring
- Cancer radiology treatment
- Cessation treatment
- Constant glucose monitoring (CGM)
- Fetal heartbeat monitoring
- Fitness tracking
- Physical therapy monitoring
- Post-surgical movement monitoring
- Temperature monitoring
- Transdermal drug delivery
- Vital sign monitoring
- Wireless monitoring
Proper wound dressing can mean the difference between a swift, comfortable recovery and a prolonged battle with infection and scarring. Appropriate wound care considers a number of factors, including which body part, the type and depth of wound and the patient's lifestyle, both of which influence decisions about appropriate options.
Depending on the dressing, appropriate adhesives may include single- or double-sided medical tapes, which can secure larger bandages, or flexible adhesive film dressings that sit directly on top of the wound. Adhesives may also run around the border of a hydrocolloid or gauze dressing, holding the absorbent pad in place.
MBK offers a wide range of skin-friendly medical adhesive materials used for short and long-term wound care dressings. These skin-sensitive adhesives can be flexible, breathable, and removable. Utilizing island placement in the construction of the product, the wound can be protected from unnecessary damage upon dressing application and removal.
Common applications for our wound care tapes include:
- Antimicrobial dressings
- Energy absorption pads
- Exudate management
- High-moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR)
- Hydrocolloid dressings
- Hydrogel sheet dressings
- Island dressings
- IV site care
- Surgical patches
- Thin film dressings
- Topical analgesic patches
- Transparent IV film dressings
- Wound closure products
Transdermal Patches for Cannabis & THC
Transdermal patches have long served as a delivery method for extended-release pharmaceuticals, including drugs for motion-sickness and nicotine-replacement therapy. Today, transdermal patches are an increasingly popular option for delivering medical THC, which is sometimes prescribed for persistent pain, insomnia, or seizures.
Wearable patches must comply with similar constraints to other medical-grade adhesives, but they bear the added challenge of delivering a drug at the appropriate rate. Manufacturers must also consider potential interactions between the adhesive and the pharmaceutical, especially when combined in a single layer.
Adhesives for Microfluidic Diagnostic Devices
Microfluidic devices are small, intricate devices used to monitor biomarkers such as glucose. They are also used in genetic testing to identify markers associated with cancer and other serious medical concerns.
Microfluidics are often combined with adhesive backings to form test strips or to fit within sample wells. As such, they require durable adhesives that hold up to handling and exposure to various chemical reagents. Microfluidic test strips may also be used in equipment that reaches extremely high or low temperatures, so the adhesives must be able to withstand temperature fluctuations without breaking down and contaminating the sample.
Acrylate adhesives are a good choice for most microfluidic applications, offering excellent bond strength when used on any number of substrates. Acrylate microfluidic adhesives can also be customized with different stiffness or adhesion properties, depending on the needs of the application.
MBK offers tapes and films to help you design and manufacture diagnostic consumables and microfluidic devices used for clinical, molecular, and immunoassay diagnostics. MBK applies years of expertise in custom die cutting diagnostic lidding tapes of all shapes and sizes. Some of the applications for our microfluidic-compatible adhesives and tapes include:
- Blood glucose strips
- Diabetic testing
- Diagnostic tapes
- In-vitro diagnostic equipment
- Lateral flow assays
- Lidding tapes
- Microplate and well-plate adhesive interfaces and covers
- Point-of-care diagnostic device components
- Point-of-care diagnostic strips
Biomedical and Electrically Conductive Adhesives
Biomedical adhesives are available in many different formulations to suit the range of materials used in medical device manufacturing. Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), which are most commonly used in tapes and skin bandages, are one of the most common varieties. PSAs activate with the application of pressure, simplifying the application process compared to other adhesives that can require heat and time to cure. Also available are electrically conductive adhesives, which are compatible with medical sensors and electrodes. These adhesives may be films or gels and hold devices in place without irritating the skin.
Most medical-grade adhesives are made from acrylics and/or silicones. These adhesives offer biocompatible formulations and are available in a range of strengths and curing formulas.
Biomedical & Electrode Tape Applications:
Biomedical adhesives are used across clinical, laboratory, and research settings, including in the following applications:
- Analytical and diagnostic slides
- Assay plates and trays
- Bio-analytic devices
- Drug discovery instrumentation
- Diagnostic instrument securement
- Electrodes and grounding pads
- In-vitro diagnostic disposables
- Laboratory test kits
- Lateral flow assay and test strips
- Pulse oximetry devices
Ostomy Adhesives & Tapes
Ostomy bags serve an important function in diverting and collecting waste from a surgically or medically altered biological system within a patient. These bags are applied directly to the skin using gentle pressure-sensitive adhesives. These specialized adhesives bond securely to the skin to hold the bag and place and protect the skin from exposure to harsh biological fluids. At the same time, these adhesives must be easy to remove and replace regularly without causing irritation.
Ostomy adhesives and tapes are specially engineered to meet these considerations:
- Adhesion. Ostomy tapes/adhesives require secure bonding to the skin to hold the bag in place.
- Absorption. Adhesives that contact the patient’s skin must be able to absorb moisture from the skin without losing their integrity.
- Erosion resistance. The adhesive must be able to resist erosion caused by effluent for a period longer than the standard use period of the ostomy bag.
- Flexibility. An adhesive or tape used with an ostomy bag must be flexible enough to accommodate regular patient movement.
- Ease-of-removal. Given that ostomy bags must be changed regularly, the adhesive must be gentle enough for easy removal, but still strong enough to maintain adhesion for the prescribed length of time.
MBK can help you design and manufacture ostomy devices using skin-friendly medical adhesive components for securing devices and protecting patient’s skin. We offer a vast selection of polyurethane die-cut tapes that gently adhere to a patient's wound area for care during the treatment process. Our ostomy tape applications include:
MBK Tape Solutions: Experts in Medical-Grade Adhesive Manufacturing
Whether designed for medical devices, direct wound sealing, or transdermal patches, medical-grade adhesives must strike a fine balance between strength and biocompatibility. As with any product used in patient care, these adhesives must also conform to strict FDA regulations. To meet these challenges, it's critical to contract with an expert medical adhesive manufacturer who has the skills, equipment, and industry expertise necessary to protect patients and providers alike. Our extensive catalog includes FDA-approved adhesives, tapes, and films. We also provide custom design and manufacturing services for clients with unique specifications.
Whatever your medical adhesive needs, MBK will work with you to find a safe and innovative solution. To learn more about our capabilities, certifications, and quality assurance methods, please contact us or request a quote today.