Accelerating Cure Times of Medical Silicone Adhesives With Infrared Radiation

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-13923
Published June 01, 2012 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

Utilized in a wide variety of adhesion applications — from urinary catheters to cardiac pacemakers — one-part condensation-cure adhesives have traditionally been the most commonly used silicone adhesives in the healthcare industry. Despite their acclaimed and proven effectiveness, the downside to using these adhesive systems is their long cure time (many hours or even days at room temperature) and inability to be accelerated with heat. Alternatively, using a two-part, addition-cure silicone adhesive — also known as a fast-cure adhesive — is often helpful or even necessary, depending on the application at hand.