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Medical tape is available with a variety of backing and adhesive types for many healthcare applications. They can be breathable, conformable, waterproof, repositionable, absorbent, hypoallergenic, hydrophilic and dimensionally stable with a gentle or aggressive adhesive for short or long-term bonding. We supply paper, plastic, fabric, silicone, foam and cloth tape and offer experience and expertise in the specification and converting of medical grade materials to the highest quality requirements. Stick-to-skin tapes are available for wound care, ostomy, wearable device bonding, device fixation to skin and surgical tape applications. Sophisticated technologies in hypoallergenic tapes, films, speciality coatings and materials are comfortable, conformable and can encourage healing, as well as prevent the ingress of bacteria. In non stick-to-skin applications, we supply venting materials for gas and liquid management, hydrophilic and bioassay compatible tapes for diagnostics and double sided tapes for device assembly, as well as a wide portfolio of materials for medical device shielding, protection, thermal management, sealing and insulating.

Double Sided Medical Tape

Double sided medical tape and medical transfer tapes offer reliable adhesion to skin, as well as to foams, non-wovens, films, plastics and metals. Our double sided materials offer permanent and temporary attachment of two substrates and are ideal for stick to skin and device assembly applications. For stick to skin applications, double sided medical tape offers hypoallergenic, breathable, conformable and repositionable options, with a gentle or aggressive adhesive for short and long term wear. For medical device assembly, double sided medical tape offers a range of adhesive strengths, thicknesses and backing materials to suit your individual bonding needs.

Double sided medical tape characteristics:

  • Rubber, acrylic and silicone adhesives
  • Clinically tested
  • Range of colours including clear
  • Range of thicknesses
  • Range of backing materials
  • Sterilise by EtO, gamma and steam
  • Fluid resistance
  • Gentle and clean removal

Our applications include:

  • Multi-layer wound care dressings
  • Ostomy bag attachment to skin
  • Diagnostic devices
  • Surgical drape construction
  • Electrodes and sensors
  • Hair piece attachment
  • Fashion/body tape
  • Prosthetics
  • Attach artificial nails
  • Medical device assembly

Single Sided Medical Tapes

Single sided medical adhesive tapes are designed for a range of stick to skin and stick to medical device applications. For stick to skin applications, hypoallergenic tape offers breathable, conformable and repositionable options for high patient comfort over long or short term wear. For stick to device applications, single coated medical tapes offer a range of adhesive strengths, thicknesses and backing materials to suit your individual requirements.

Single sided medical adhesive tape characteristics:

  • Acrylic and silicone adhesives
  • Sterilise by EtO, gamma, steam
  • Range of thicknesses and colours, including transparent
  • Polyester, polyurethane, polyethylene, polyolefin, PUR, TPE film and LDPE backings
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Provide a liquid and bacterial barrier
  • High moisture vapour transmission
  • Breathable and occlusive options
  • Printable
  • Gentle to aggressive adhesives

Our applications include:

  • Diagnostics
  • Monitoring
  • Specialised and general wound care dressings
  • Skin markers
  • IV placements
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Medical device components
  • Electromedical
  • Seam reinforcement
  • Drapes
  • Covertape

Medical Grade Foam

Our wide range of medical foam products are used in the healthcare industry for a number of applications such as gasketing and sealing in medical devices, patient cushioning and fluid management in long-term wear wound dressings. Medical foams are available in a range of colours, density and thickness combinations. We can laminate your foam with any of a wide range of adhesives for the specific requirements of your application, for example skin friendly silicones for woundcare devices.

Medical foam characteristics:

  • Soft, conformable and flexible
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Water resistant (closed cell)
  • Absorbent (open cell)
  • Durable for long term wear
  • Stretchable
  • Fungal resistance
  • Stain resistance
  • Sterilisable by gamma or EtO
  • Consistent quality, durability and versatility
  • Low outgassing
  • Excellent compression-set resistance and impact absorption

Our foam applications include:

  • Wound dressings
  • Sealing of medical device LCD screens
  • Medical device cushioning
  • Sealing of control panels and keypads
  • Electrode and device attachment
  • Sealing Ostomy equipment
  • Prosthetic padding
  • Custom orthotics
  • Body and underfoot pressure relief

Silicone Medical Tapes

Silicone medical tapes provide a bonding solution for stick to skin applications and are available in a range of formats to suit your design criteria. Silicone tapes deliver a clean and comfortable wear experience and are ideal for chronic wounds and compromised skin for both long and short-term wear. They are ideal where medical grade, clinically tested components are required.

Silicone medical tape characteristics:

  • Available as a single sided tape or a double sided on film and non-woven backings
  • Bond directly to the skin as well as to foams, non-wovens and films
  • Breathable
  • Conformable
  • Repositionable
  • Good fluid handling capability
  • Catalyst free
  • Fluid resistant
  • Sterilisable
  • Clean removal
  • Gentle or aggressive adhesive strength

Our silicone tape applications include:

  • Advanced multi-layer wound dressings
  • Monitoring devices
  • Prosthetics
  • Ostomy devices
  • Tube fixation
  • Skin protection
  • Cosmetic body tape
  • Hair piece attachment
  • Electrodes and sensors

Medical Grade Foil Tape

Heat seal foil tapes offer a quick, cost effective and reliable method of effectively sealing microplates and wells, and channels in diagnostic devices. Heat sealing aluminium foil can be used under a wide temperature range, can be peelable, pierceable, solvent resistant and will adhere to a wide range of substrates. Utilizing our range of converting capabilities, we can customise aluminium heat seal foils into custom sheets, non-standard roll widths or die-cut shapes. We can also advise on presentations and assembly solutions.

Heat sealing foil applications:

  • PCR and Q-PCR assay seals
  • Microplate seals
  • Lid assemblies
  • Well sealing
  • Microfluidic device channel sealing
  • Microfluidic device top tape

Medical Grade Film

Medical grade film is used in a range of diagnostic consumables and devices. They are available in a double or single sided construction with an acrylic or silicone medical grade adhesive, hydrophilic or heat seal coating. Utilizing our range of converting capabilities, we can customize these materials into intricate die-cut pieces, sheets or roll form. We can also advise on presentations and assembly solutions.

Medical grade film applications:

  • PCR and Q-PCR assay seals
  • Microplate seals
  • Lid assemblies
  • Well sealing
  • Microfluidic device channel sealing
  • Microfluidic device top tape

Non Woven and Woven Tape

Stick to skin medical woven and non woven tape provides excellent conformability and breathability for extended wear and high user comfort. They are available with a range of backings and colours, with an acrylic or silicone adhesive and are also suitable for stick to device applications.

Medical woven and non woven tape characteristics:

  • Breathable
  • Conformable
  • Printable backing
  • Range of thicknesses
  • High MVTR
  • Removes cleanly
  • Sterilizable by EtO and gamma

Our applications include:

  • Infusion dressings
  • Tube and cord holders
  • Covertape
  • Compression dressings
  • Wound care dressings
  • Electrodes
  • Personal care
  • Surgical drapes
  • Monitoring/diagnostic devices
  • Temporary tattoos

Hydrocolloid Tape

Hydrocolloid adhesive has complex polymeric structures with the combined properties of adhesion and absorbency, making them ideal for stick to skin applications. Hydrocolloid tape creates an ideal environment for wound healing by sealing out dirt and germs as well as stimulating the healing process. Hydrocolloid adhesives are available as single coated, non-woven single coated and transfer tape constructions.

Hydrocolloid adhesive characteristics:

  • Breathable
  • Highly conformable
  • Highly absorbent
  • Gentle to intact skin
  • High user comfort
  • Long-term wear

Our hydrocolloid applications include:

  • Professional wound care
  • Ostomy and fixation of medical devices
  • Blister dressings

Recloseable Fasteners

Reclosable fasteners offer a reliable fixing solution where an application requires regular inspection or temporary holding. When your product requires multiple openings and closings, reclosable fasteners such as 3M Dual Lock and Hook and Loop products provide a trusted and reliable solution. They are strong, reliable and secure; they offer flexible fastening and fast, easy assembly and dismantling. They can be used on flexible or rigid surfaces providing an invisible reclosable fastening solution that is conveniently removable. Other reclosable fasteners include differential tapes; these provide a permanent bond on one side and a removable/repositionable bond on the other. They are thin, flexible and allow removal of items with no adhesive residue. In addition, magnetic tapes offer removable attachment that is conformable and will adhere to a wide variety of surfaces. These high energy tapes remain permanently magnetised, even after being dropped or impacted. They will stick to curved, twisted or irregular surfaces without cracking or breaking.

Our reclosable fastenings include:

  • Hook and loop fasteners
  • 3M Dual Lock reclosable fasteners
  • Differential tapes
  • Magnetic tapes

Our applications include:

  • Ostomy, surgical gown and medical device closure
  • Medical tube and cable holders
  • Medical monitoring device attachment
  • Signage attachment
  • Point of sale displays and promotional material
  • Automotive seat panel attachment
  • Access panel attachment in electronic equipment
  • Wall and ceiling panel attachment
  • Core starting and end tabbing of papers, foils and films
  • Removable/changeable foam gasketing