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Platilon TPU film grades allow for embedded electronics in medical wearables.
Platilon TPU film grades allow for embedded electronics in medical wearables.

At the combined Compamed 2019 and Medica 2019 trade fairs from 18 to 21 November in Düsseldorf, Covestro will be presenting solutions for portable medical devices and an innovative wound care concept.

At the booth, material solutions for flexible medical electronic patches based on Platilon and Baymedix polyurethane materials will be presented, as well as new solutions for on-body drug delivery devices made of Makrolon polycarbonate and Bayblend blends.

A growth market: electronic patches

Electronic patches are already being used in many areas such as patient monitoring, and with the increasing digitization of healthcare, market demand for such products is growing rapidly.

In the field of flexible materials, applications such as electroencephalograms (EEG), maternity belts, blood pressure measuring tapes and individual electrocardiograms (ECG) are at the heart of the markets that Covestro is targeting.

Covestro will therefore show prototypes made of its flexible integrated materials:

  • Soft, breathable and stretchable Platilon films for outstanding patient comfort
  • Printable substrates for printed electronics
  • Skin- and application-friendly adhesive systems based on Baymedix materials Weldable foams based on Baymedix for safe use of electronics

Plastics for on-body equipment

In addition to flexible materials, Covestro also offers the ideal materials for wearables with hard covers that are required for mobile drug delivery devices or sensitive diagnostic devices, for example.

Makrolon polycarbonate medical grades meet the requirements for excellent dimensional stability and outstanding mechanical properties and enable the development of safe, patient-friendly devices.

Thanks to its high degree of transparency and good surface texture, Makrolon also provides a wide range of design options such as the integration of LED light guides. Polycarbonate blends such as Bayblend (PC+ABS blends) and Makroblend (PC+PBT blends) meet additional customer requirements.

Innovative concept for wound prevention

Covestro will be presenting innovations in the field of wound management at its booth. The company has developed a design study for wound prevention that deals with the three most important factors for bedsore (decubitus): Pressure, friction and shear. A highly breathable prototype is being manufactured exclusively from polyurethane materials from Covestro.

The main features of this prototype wound prevention dressing made of Baymedix and Platilon materials, including optimized friction, shear and pressure management, excellent moisture management to support a healthy microclimate, application- and skin-friendly polyurethane adhesive and efficient and sustainable manufacturing technology.

Components based on these products help increase both cost and manufacturing efficiency by allowing roll-to-roll processing and inline production of all layers. During processing, thermoplastic welding of the edges is possible. Moreover, the process is energy-saving and environmentally compatible because production steps are reduced.

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