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Anaheim, Calif., February 7, 2017 — Wearable patches—small electronic devices that are affixed to the skin via an adhesive patch—will be a top highlight at the Covestro booth (#2021) at MD&M West Conference and Exposition, Feb. 7-9, 2017 in Anaheim, California.
The wearables market is projected to double in size over the next three years, from the 200 million units currently produced annually. In fact, Wearable Technologies estimates the global wearable patch market to reach an annual sales value of 4.4 billion USD by 20201. Wristables, such as smart watches and sports trackers, are the most common wearables today. Covestro expects wearable patches to gain popularity due to their flat, flexible and non-invasive qualities. However, market affordability and user acceptance are the main challenges.
Covestro is positioned at the forefront of this development, addressing these unmet needs. Leveraging its expertise in the medical industry with regard to patient comfort and converter processing efficiency, such as speed, flexibility and cost, Covestro enables wearable patch development with its know-how and roll-stock thermoplastic materials.
Prototype for medical diagnostics
At MD&M West, Covestro will showcase a prototype of a smart patch, packed with sensors. These smart patches could be used for monitoring humidity, temperature (e.g., discomfort-index and heat-stroke alarm), geo-magnetics, acceleration and pressure (e.g., fall-down alarm, environmental stress meter and UV/ambient light).
With a growing population, longer life expectancy and the rise of the middle class, patches will become more important for medical diagnostics and treatments.
Covestro is a full solution provider of customized polyurethane films and raw materials for adhesives and foams to address both the patch fixation and embedding of electronics functions.
Customized product solutions
Both Dureflex® and Platilon® thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) blown film is sought after for its comfort properties, including breathability, stretch, soft haptics, hypoallergenics and design (e.g., printable capabilities and range of colors). The thickness range, tailored carriers and release force are also easily customizable to fit the converter’s production process. Additional functionality includes low melting points (95-105 C) and a water vapor barrier.
Baymedix® adhesives are skin-friendly, breathable and contain a low volatile organic compound (VOC) level. The peel strength can be adjusted for low trauma removal. Baymedix® thermoplastic foam is used for direct embedding of sensitive electronics. The roll-stock process replaces wet chemistry, enabling faster prototyping and modular production. The breathable white foam has gentle haptics, and can be processed with heat and pressure.
To see these materials and applications utilizing them, visit Covestro booth #2021 at MD&M West.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business with 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,800 people at the end of 2015.
Platilon®, Dureflex® and Baymedix® are registered trademarks of Covestro Group.
Sarah Schade, Phone: +1 412 413 5843
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