Adhesives for Medical Protective Wear

Henkel adhesive solutions responding to the needs in the pandemic 

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Medical Protective Wear Solutions

Wearing proper medical protective wear is important to protect medical professionals and patients during medical procedures. Protective face masks, gloves, and gowns help prevent the spread of disease while assuring the integrity of sterile environments. During the corona virus outbreak, facemasks, and protective medical wear were an essential factor in preventing the spread of the virus and highlighted how access to reliable materials for personal protective equipment is vital to keep health care workers and patients safe.  

With many decades of experience in adhesives, Henkel’s broad portfolio of proven personal protective equipment materials enable the production of high-quality medical protective wear that offers protection against exposure to infectious diseases. Henkel’s AQUENCE® and TECHNOMELT® brands have long supplied high-quality adhesive solutions for protective medical wear. From hot melt adhesives to water-based adhesives, Henkel offers many different personal protection equipment material solutions depending on what type of medical protective wear you are manufacturing.

Contact a member of our team today to find out more about our medical protective wear solutions.

Increasing demand for face masks: Henkel supporting the personal hygiene industry with adhesive solutions

The demand for medical protective wear has increased exponentially in recent years, as it is an important factor in protecting against infection and the spreading of diseases in healthcare environments. For this reason, factories that manufacture personal hygiene products and nonwovens are adapting their production lines to fulfill the increasing need for material for personal protective equipment. Henkel’s AQUENCE® and TECHNOMELT® brands provide the materials necessary to manufacture high-quality medical protective wear such as masks, gowns, and respiratory devices.

During the manufacture of personal protective equipment, raw materials are needed to produce isolation gowns, surgical drapes, and other medical protective wear. Henkel has a large portfolio of personal protective equipment materials and adhesives for lamination and elastic applications. We wish to contribute to the efforts with our know-how and adhesive solutions for personal protection equipment materials.

Adhesive Applications

Our adhesives support a variety of personal protective equipment applications. For example, Henkel’s AQUENCE® water-based adhesives are designed for manufacturing material for personal protective equipment such as for surgical drapes and medical gown material.

Henkel offers high quality and durable personal protection equipment material solutions for the following areas:

  • Medical Face Masks
  • Respiratory Protective Devices
  • Isolation Gowns & Surgical Drapes

Medical Face Masks

Medical face masks are designed to protect others from infective agents from the nose and mouth while speaking, breathing, or coughing. The adhesive materials for this type of personal protective equipment are used for the lamination of layers and elastic strap fixation. Medical face masks typically have 3-4 layers in order to meet medical protective wear standards and the personal protective equipment materials used for each layer are manufactured using nonwoven fabrics to provide adequate protection.

Respiratory Protective Devices

Respiratory protective devices protect the user against particles and aerosols. They may or may not have a valve. The adhesives are used for the lamination of layers and elastic strap fixation. In order to create a respirator that meets the requirements of personal protective equipment, materials made with TECHNOMELT® hot melt adhesives technology are used to make a nonwoven material that are then layered and molded into the required shape. These respiratory protective devices offer higher filtration abilities than other personal protection equipment materials.

Isolation Gowns and Surgical Drapes

Protective apparel used to protect health care workers and patients from the transfer of microorganisms and body fluids. The adhesives are used for the lamination of layers and for the adhesive stripes in skin contact. 

Durability is key when it comes to surgical drapes materials. The materials used need to be extremely strong and flexible while also being highly absorbent and impervious to fluids. This is achieved by using high quality adhesives to laminate nonwoven materials. Henkel’s range of TECHNOMELT® hot melt adhesives products offer reliable and effective results that are trusted by the experts to keep both healthcare providers and patients safe and protected.

Reliable and high performing adhesive solutions, perfectly suitable for the use in medical products

Henkel adhesive solutions for the personal hygiene industry fulfil high standards of safety and purity. We are producing these adhesives in our ISO 9001 approved factories and are using reliable, validated, and tested raw materials which are produced by trusted partners and suppliers. We have defined a range of products perfectly designed for the use in medical protective wear products.

These products are already proven successfully in the applications in scope and provide excellent performance and quality, such as stability over time, low chemical odor, low levels of Substances of Interest (SoI), and very favorable processability features. Therefore, the products are perfectly suited both for experts, as well as new producers of nonwovens based medical protective wear products.

Henkel: More than an Adhesive Provider

The pandemic is a challenge for governments, industries, and all individuals. Henkel has a long history in adhesive production and our technical expertise is based on a wide range of capabilities that includes demanding fields such as the medical and automotive industries. As an experienced manufacturer for the hygiene industry, we aim to provide the best support, guidance, and service to enable increased production of medical protective wear products.

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