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Light-Cure Adhesives for Medical Engineering

Tue, 12/22/2009 - 7:05am
Currently adhesives are as vital to medical engineering as they are to virtually every other branch of industry. The use of this still relatively young joining technology is also likely to further increase in the future.

Under the Loctite brand, Henkel offers a wide range of specialty adhesives specifically developed for the production of medical equipment. In particular, light-cure adhesive technologies are playing an ever more important role in this segment.

Applications in which clamping, bolting, screw-fixing or welding was previously the norm have today extensively switched to adhesive bonding. Indeed, all conventional joining techniques can now largely be replaced by this modern technology. This also applies in the medical engineering field.

In a direct comparison, the use of adhesives is not only more economical, it also enables the production of stronger and more homogeneous connections between materials. As well as improved product appearance, it also offers a higher degree of flexibility in terms of the selection of component materials.

For the manufacture of medical items such as syringes, catheters, blood filters or cannulas, Henkel supplies under the Loctite brand a wide range of instant, construction and assembly adhesives, not to mention an attractive spectrum of high-performance light-cure adhesives.

All Henkel products are tested using the same techniques as those employed in the licensing of medical components. They are certified in accordance with the generally accepted global ISO test standard 10993. And they are subject to a continuous process of further development, ensuring that they correspond to the constantly changing technical and process-related requirements encountered in medical engineering.

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