Sterilization Resistant Adhesive Systems

Specific grades of Master Bond polymer systems retain high performance properties even upon exposure to multiple sterilization cycles.

Worldwide manufacturers of disposable and reusable medical devices specify Master Bond sterilization resistant adhesives, sealants, coatings, potting and encapsulation compounds for their most demanding needs. They are USP Class VI certified and designed to adhere well to a wide range of substrates. Select products also meet ISO 10993-5 cytotoxicity requirements. These user friendly products can be cured at ambient temperatures, elevated temperatures or by exposure to UV light.

Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings with Outstanding Sterilization Resistance

Grades are available that resist the following sterilization methods:

  • Steam autoclave
  • Ethylene oxide (EtO)
  • Radiation
  • Chemical sterilants including hydrogen peroxide, glutaraldehyde, peracetic acid, Cidex® and Sterrad®.

Select products will retain their performance properties even upon exposure to multiple sterilization cycles. These products are formulated for reusable medical devices. In addition, compounds also provide protection against disinfectants, detergents, isopropyl alcohol and bleaches.

Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Resistant Adhesives Excel in Medical Device Construction

High strength formulations are engineered to ensure that the functionality/performance and safety/reliability of healthcare devices are guaranteed after ETO sterilization processing. Master Bond products consist of biocompatible epoxy, silicone, cyanoacrylate and UV/LED curing adhesives. Suitability of specific grades are dependent on substrate materials, intended device use, configuration and size.

ETO sterilization is commonly utilized in the assembly of disposable medical devices to assure appropriate sterility. Key processing parameters including gas concentration, humidity, temperature, time need to be established to comply with specifications to kill/eliminate microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds, yeast. ETO sterilization main advantage over other sterilization methods is its suitability for use on heat/humidity sensitive devices. Additionally it is also non corrosive to plastics, rubbers, metals, provides wide surface accessibility, will not discolor plastics, and is cost effective.

Master Bond multiple ETO resistant adhesives offer a range of properties. High/low viscosity systems feature toughness, optical clarity, fast cures, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, low water absorption and vibration/impact resistance. These products can be automatically dispensed for the high volume assembly of:

  • Catheters
  • Respirators
  • Ophthalmic instruments
  • Syringes
  • Integrated electronics
  • Reservoirs and housings
  • Oxygenators
  • Tube sets and fittings

Epoxy Adhesives Withstand Exposure to Steam Autoclaving

Steam sterilization resistant biocompatible epoxy adhesive/sealants are used for the assembly of reusable/disposable medical devices. These USP Class VI approved systems will not degrade during steam autoclaving. Select formulations are engineered to retain their strength after multiple autoclave cycles. Common sterilization cycles consist of 3-15 minutes at 121-134°C under steam pressure up to 20 psi. Duration of exposure is dependent on device weight, dimension, design and substrate compatibility with sterilization environment. Epoxy bonded devices can be safely utilized by licensed practitioners for patients without risk of infection from spores, bacteria, fungi, viruses over their intended life after proper sterile processing.

It is important to note that steam sterilization is widely employed because of its ease of use, effectiveness, low capital expense, quick cycle speeds and that it generates little waste. Master Bond steam sterilization resistant adhesive/sealants have been embraced by manufacturers of bronchoscopes, esophagoscopes, endoscopes, colonscopes, arthroscopes and laparoscopic instruments for their performance/reliability. Gap filling compositions feature high mechanical strength properties to similar/dissimilar substrates including metal/metal, metal/plastic, metal/ceramic surfaces. Stress caused by humidity/temperature will not effect structural integrity of the bonded interface. These products are easily automatable.

Learn more about the autoclaving resistance for specific Master Bond medical adhesives.

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