Over the past few decades, adhesives have been replacing many other fastening systems in the assembly of medical devices. Adhesive have a wide range of applications in the medical industry, from fabricating invasive medical implants to assembling MRI machines, from enabling production of medical sensor devices to the application of bio-adhesives for skin grafting.

Traditionally, the production of surgical instruments would have required the use of nails, screws or rivets. However, adhesives bonding systems have many benefits over mechanical fasteners, including resistance to corrosion, uniform stress distribution (mechanics replicate many anatomical structures such as bone), improved durability, reliable joining of dissimilar materials (e.g. plastics, metals, rubbers), better biocompatibility and enhanced healing, and potential easier, automated assembly during manufacturing. Today technical adhesives are manufactured to resist multiple cycles of sterilisations (including radiation, steam, ethylene oxide and chemical sterilants) and incorporated in a range of both disposable and reusable medical/surgical instruments.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process is reviewed and changed, following several scathing investigations, and it is predicted that the use of medical adhesives will grow because of well-funded research initiatives, such as the use of biological adhesives to enhance tissue healing, and technological advancements in clinical procedures like orthopaedic surgery and the repair of musculoskeletal soft tissue.

Adhesives & Bonding Expo Europe will provide executives, engineers and purchasing and procurement professionals with the latest bonding solutions for medical applications.