Adhesives systems for medical Internet of ThingsThis transformative technology has had a major beneficial impact on the healthcare industry. Application specific adhesives, sealants, coatings, and potting/encapsulation compounds developed by Master Bond have the potential to play a key role in the connectivity, miniaturization, processing power, and wireless capabilities of medical devices to enhance patient care. Distinct medical devices send and receive data/images using networking technologies to optimize operational efficiency and reinforce decision-making. From sensors, routers, switches, actuators, and converters to user displays, data storage hardware, cameras, scanners, MEMs, and embedded mobile devices boost the potential of the IoMT by creating innovative products for the Med Tech industry.

Implementation of IoMT has been diverse and far reaching. Some important contributions from IoMT devices are managing chronic disease conditions, remote assisted living, personal emergency response, tracking medication adherence, upgrading the accessibility of medical records, scrutinization of staff effectiveness, administering equipment inventory, collecting, analyzing, transferring medical research data, increased productivity, and affordability. IoMT medical devices also are employed to ensure the safe delivery of medical apparatus, appliances, equipment, surgical supplies, cell therapies, and pharmaceuticals such as vaccines by increasingly checking temperature, humidity, and light exposure during shipments. Other specific examples of healthcare advantages from IoMT medical devices:

  • Coagulation testing
  • Smart asthma monitoring
  • Body scanning
  • Cancer detection
  • Monitoring drug effectiveness
  • Medical waste management
  • Ingestible sensors
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Automated insulin delivery
  • Robotic surgical devices
  • Monitoring Parkinson’s disease symptoms
  • Medication refill reminders
  • Air quality sensors
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • Nurse assistant robots
  • Monitor urine output
  • Smart thermometer

Many considerations must be taken into account when manufacturing wearable and stationary IoMT medical devices. Master Bond medical grade formulations are biocompatible, easy to dispense manually or automatically and consist of epoxy, silicone, and UV/visible light curing systems. They offer high strength bonds to similar/dissimilar substrates such as metals, ceramics, glass, composites, rubbers, and plastic surfaces. Master Bond products operate over a wide temperature range, resist exposure to vibration, impact, shock, thermal cycling, corrosives, water, and sterilization. This includes steam autoclave, ethylene oxide (ETO), radiation, hydrogen peroxide, glutaraldehyde, peracetic acid, Sterrad®, and Cidex®. Additionally, they resist dust, dirt, sweat, household cleaners, disinfectants, detergents, isopropyl alcohol, bleaches, perfume and sunscreen oil. Thermally conductive compositions provide excellent heat dissipation, minimal bond line thickness for reliability, and long-life cycles for tightly packaged compact electronic devices. Additionally, two-component, pre-mixed and frozen epoxies are available in 1cc, 5cc and 10cc sizes.

Significant meaningful progress in IoMT technology has enabled healthcare professionals to make more accurate, real-time decisions that have resulted in speeding up diagnostics, treatments, reduced hospitalizations, improved outcomes and a more desirable patient experience.