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“Smart-Bonding-Approach” – From the initial idea to the customized bonding solution

Lohmann Austria develops fully scalable manufacturing process for the innovative Austrian startup company SteadySense
Earlier this year, SteadySense, a startup situated in Graz, launched its product femSense®: The first near-field communication (NFC) ready sensor patch which informs women planning to get pregnant about their fertile days! The Austrian site’s team of the Lohmann Group not only tailored the innovative product for the customer but developed a scalable manufacturing process for the first time.

“When developing femSense®, the first task was selecting the right adhesives and materials for a patch application which is skin-friendly as well as appealing to the touch”, explains Dr. Michael Schwarzott, Head of Application Engineering at Lohmann Austria. The femSense® patch consists of a range of certified adhesive tapes which are both biocompatible and suitable for a prolonged period of time sticking to the skin.

A customized bonding solution in four steps: The Smart Bonding Approach

“In this case, we designed a manufacturing process for a startup-product with an unknown market size; small, medium and large quantities can thus be produced without having to adjust the entire product construction. This keeps the customer’s investment costs down and is the real challenge in product development”, says Roland Schmid, Head of Production at Lohmann Austria. “Our Smart-Bonding-Approach enables us to develop the right solution for the customer.” From the right bonding technique (application), to selecting the appropriate product, implementing efficient processes (tools) and finally to sustainably optimizing the product (services).

In four process steps, the Lohmann experts developed a scalable manufacturing process for femSense® in nine months. “We paid attention to a flexible design of all components right from the beginning, to make sure a scale-up from manual to semi-automatic and full-automatic manufacture is possible”, complements Markus Koch, Managing Director Lohmann Austria.

The future is sticky

Adhesive bonding is the joining technique of the future. There is hardly any everyday item that does not require either a pressure-sensitive adhesive or reactive adhesive systems. Applications in electrical components, windows and doors, dishwashers and washing machines, furniture, cars, packaging or as multi-functional skin patch are indispensable parts of our everyday life.

168 years of know-how in the manufacture of adhesive, laminated, medical products provided Lohmann with the necessary knowledge and ability to optimally meet customers’ requirements with innovative and economical solutions. Lohmann, as a modern provider of bonding solutions, offers in-house and state-of-the-art services like adhesive formulations, polymerization, coating, converting and extrusion as well as clean-room production and die cutting. This way, Lohmann will always be able to meet market demands in the best possible way.


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