Flexible Solutions

3M™ Hi-Tack Silicone Adhesive Tapes for Wearable Devices

Posted by Katie Sullivan

February 18, 2021 8:20 AM

Editor's note: As of 2024, 3M Healthcare is now a standalone company, Solventum. You can find more about the spin-off and how Marian is a Solventum Premier Converter here.

One of our top material suppliers, 3M, recently announced the release of their next generation of medical silicone adhesives, 3M Hi-Tack Silicone Adhesive Tapes. 3M 2480 is the first product to launch in this new portfolio. It is a single coated medical nonwoven tape with hi-tack silicone adhesive on a liner. The benefits of this exciting new material include:

  • Longer wear-times (up to 4 days)
  • Supports heavier devices
  • Offers more secure adhesion
  • Repositionable

Read the full press release from 3M here.

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Topics: medical device, Medical PSA, Skin-Contact PSA, Silicone, 3M, 3m tape

Corona Surface Treatment of Silicone Elastomers and Plastic Films

Posted by Katie Sullivan

August 12, 2020 8:30 AM

Silicone rubber materials and some plastic films have chemically inert and non-porous surfaces, which equates to low surface energy. This means they have a weak molecular bonding force making it difficult to create a bond with many pressure sensitive adhesives.

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Topics: Surface Energy, Foams, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

Material Spotlight: BISCO HT-800 Medium Silicone Foam

Posted by Katie Sullivan

May 27, 2020 12:02 PM

Per the Rogers Corporation Website, Rogers “BISCO HT-800 Medium Cellular Silicone offers the lightness of foam with the enhanced sealing capabilities of sponge rubber.” In this post, we are going to dive a little deeper into this excellent material.

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Topics: Foams, LED Lighting, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

Silicone Rubber, a Low Surface Energy Material

Posted by Katie Sullivan

March 31, 2020 10:00 AM

Silicone Rubber, a "Low Surface Energy" Elastomer, what does this mean?

Silicone is a high-performance elastomer with the ability to withstand extreme temperatures, both high and low. It also naturally repels, which makes it an excellent choice for a water seal or a moisture barrier. However, this also makes silicone tricky to bond to other surfaces.

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Surface Energy, Foams, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

Success Story: Silicone Gasket for Navigation Module

Posted by Katie Sullivan

November 8, 2017 12:22 PM

We have published a new customer success story! In this story, the customer required a static seal for a navigation module that would be contained and used on the exterior of a recreational vehicle. The exterior navigation/infotainment module would be exposed to outdoor elements including extreme temperature swings, rain, wind, and dust. The gasket was required to reliably perform for the life expectancy of the class A RV. This could be more than 10 years! The customer came to Marian for a solution.

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Topics: Foams, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

Choosing a Medical PSA - Skin-Contact Adhesive

Posted by Katie Sullivan

July 14, 2017 8:44 AM


Ever wonder why hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare providers don’t just use duct tape for bandages, wound care, and device fixation? Well, there are many reasons, but first, try sticking it to the skin and peeling it off. The main reason is simple: duct tape does not use a medical grade pressure sensitive adhesive.

Medical adhesives must be skin-friendly, non-migratory, and have a variable degree of initial tack and peel adhesion. Ease of removal, breathability, and durability also differentiate medical adhesives from other types of tape.

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Topics: medical device, Medical PSA, Skin-Contact PSA, Silicone

Benefits of Silicone Elastomer Solutions

Posted by Katie Sullivan

December 7, 2016 9:45 AM

Silicone elastomers are used in several diverse applications and industries because of their many unique properties. Silicone materials' attractive features include low compression set at elevated temperatures, flexibility at low temperatures, hydrophobic characteristics, high dielectric strength, low flammability, and can be food grade compliant. It is also lightweight yet high performing which is ideal for extreme environments. 

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Topics: Elastomers, Silicone

Outdoor Lighting and Custom Silicone Gaskets

Posted by Katie Sullivan

January 18, 2016 11:00 AM

Outdoor LED lights are subject to a wide range of environmental elements and must be designed to withstand these hazards for the long life of LEDs. There are many components included in an outdoor lighting assembly, and one of the most important elements is a gasket. When choosing a material for an outdoor lighting gasket, it's imperative to understand the mechanics of an outdoor lighting fixture.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Silicone, gasket