Adhesives Research Ireland Ltd.

Raheen Business Park Raheen, V94 VH22 Limerick
Ireland
Telephone +353 61 300300
Fax +353 61 480456
ralla@arglobal.com

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Manufacturing of components
  • 01.09  Other component manufacturing

Other component manufacturing

  • 07  Microtechnology
  • 07.07  Microfluidics
  • 08  Raw materials, materials, adhesives
  • 08.09  Other raw materials, materials, adhesives

Other raw materials, materials, adhesives

Our products

Product category: Adhesives

SoftWear Gentle Removal Adhesives

SoftWear® skin adhesives remove gently to enhance patient comfort and minimize the risk of damage to skin upon removal. The family of SoftWear pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) is available in non-silicone and silicone formulations from Adhesives Research.

SoftWear adhesives release cleanly from hair and skin with virtually painless removal to deliver secure, intimate skin contact for wound care and body-worn device applications. The sustained adhesion achieved with SoftWear adhesives allows for repositioning without compromise to dressing security.

Benefits of this technology:
  • Formulated for pediatric, geriatric and compromised skin
  • Silicone and non-silicone formulations available
  • Low-pain on removal (Wong Baker <2)
  • Tailorable wear times (up to 3 Days)
  • Breathable (MVTR of 1,000 g/m2/day on non-woven)
  • Retains adhesive properties at 25 kGy (Gamma)
  • Repositionable for wound monitoring
  • Residue-free removal
  • Low profile reduces edge lift
  • Biocompatible per ISO 10993
  • Customizable product constructions
Applications:
  • Wound care dressings
  • Wearable sensors and devices
  • Transdermal drug delivery

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Product category: Adhesives

Long-Term Wear Adhesives

ARcare® skin-friendly, long-term wear (LTW) adhesive technologies are formulated to promote healing or deliver therapies in applications requiring wear times up to seven days. This adhesive is well-suited for extended wear times in dressings intended for difficult-to-adhere wound sites or skin-bonded devices.

Benefits of this technology:
  • Secure wear, minimal edge lift (7 days and beyond)
  • Minimal pain upon removal (Wong Baker <3)
  • Tailorable wear times
  • Limited adhesive & dressing creep
  • Residue-free removal
  • Breathable (MVTR of 1,000 g/m2/day on PU film)
  • Retains adhesive properties at 25 kGy (Gamma)
  • Biocompatible per ISO 10993
Applications:
  • Wound care dressing
  • Skin-bonded monitoring devices (wearable sensors)
  • Drug or therapeutic delivery systems (infusion pumps)
  • Transdermal patches

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Product category: Adhesives

Weight-Bearing Adhesives

ARcare® weight-bearing adhesives secure skin-bonded devices, such as wearable sensors and therapy devices with moderate weight, for periods of time of a few hours, up to seven days.

Benefits of this technology:
  • Reliable bonds with comfortable removal
  • Tailorable wear times
  • Supports 75 gram device for 7 days+
  • Removes without compromising skin integrity
  • Good shear resistance for less movement
  • 10X Standard Acrylics
  • Retains adhesive properties at 25 kGy (Gamma)
  • Biocompatible per ISO 10993
Applications:
  • Wearable sensors
  • Infusion pumps
  • Drug or therapeutic delivery systems

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Product category: Adhesives

Hydrophilic Adhesives and Coatings

Adhesives Research’s ARflow® proprietary hydrophilic adhesive technologies reduce the surface tension of fluids (water, urine or blood), allowing for rapid flow from the inlet area to a remote reagent site within diagnostic and microfluidic devices.  AR’s ARflow® hydrophilic surface technologies are available as pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), heat-seals and coatings.

Benefits of this technology:
  • Compatible with sensitive chemistries
  • Demonstrates strong bonding to low-surface energy plastics
  • Tailorable hydrophilic properties to regulate capillary fill time
  • Readily customizable product construction including thickness, choice of substrate and release liner
  • Clean die-cuts improve manufacturing efficiencies and capillary performance
Applications:
  • Spacers
  • Lidding and covers

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Product category: Adhesives

Dissolvable Films for Medical Applications

Adhesives Research’s dissolvable film technologies are polymer films that may contain reagents or other active materials designed to erode or dissolve at predetermined rates when in contact with a biological fluid or other liquid. This is an efficient medium for stabilizing sensitive reagents, delivering therapeutic agents or dispersing pigments. The dissolvable films’ dissolution rates are completely customizable to enable each pre-measured, preservative-free film strip to deliver a specified release over time.

Benefits of this technology:
  • Tailorable characteristics such as thickness, dissolution rate, texture and tensile strength
  • Provides concentrated doses of reagent or therapy within a homogenous film coating
  • Dry film format improves reagent/active ingredient stability
  • Allows for more efficient use of reagents/active ingredient when compared to other distribution techniques such as spraying
  • Provides separation of reagents/active ingredient components
  • Enables continuous web processing

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Electrically Conductive Adhesives and Films

Adhesives Research (AR) offers homogeneous, electrically conductive pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) technology, which has proven success of increasing the functionality of electronic applications for more than 20 years.  These PSAs can be used for transmitting current through layers of a device, forming electrical interconnections and bonding electrical components.

Benefits of this technology:

  • Homogenous conductive adhesive technology for stability & consistency
  • Enables smaller designs through thin, effective bonds
  • Reliable electrical contact without pressure
  • Combines excellent bond strength with stable conductivity, even under mechanical & environmental stress
  • Offers excellent & tailorable X, Y & Z conductivity
  • Bonds in ambient temperatures while providing stable performance in extreme temperature & humidity conditions
  • Enables electrical conductivity between or across adhesive bonds
  • Offers tailorable volume and surface resistance
  • Provides reliable bonds with strong cold drop performance and shock resistance
AR’s pressure-sensitive adhesives are used in the electronics field for:

  • Electrical interconnection and assembly
  • Foil-backed conductive PSAs for EMI/RFI shielding, electrical grounding and photovoltaic charge collection tapes
  • Static dissipation and control
  • Medical electronics
We also offer skin-friendly conductive adhesives and tapes for electrical interconnects, grounding and shielding in medical and pharmaceutical applications including:

  • Medical electronics
  • Medical devices
  • Wearable sensors
  • Transdermal/combination drug delivery devices

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Product category: Microfluidics

ARx (Drug Delivery Systems)

As a leading industry expert of drug-loaded dissolvable film and patch delivery systems, ARx is an innovative development and manufacturing partner for novel drug products. ARx’s work expands dosage form possibilities for new or existing drug products by enhancing bioavailability and increasing patient compliance.  The result is enriched patient well-being through robust drug delivery systems.

ARx focuses primarily on transdermal and transmucosal routes of administration to leverage our proven expertise in Quality by Design (QbD)-based controls, formulation, analytical testing, mixing, coating and drying. Our drug delivery systems and expertise include:
oral, buccal, sublingual and mucosal thin films, and transdermal patches.

As an extension of our customers’ project teams, ARx builds a collaborative development plan based upon the needs of the filing strategy, QbD principles and critical milestones. Project experience spans a range of therapies in support of FDA ANDA’s, 505(b)(1) and 505(b)(2) NDA’s, in addition to support for filings with global agencies around the world.

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Product category: Microfluidics

ARx Buccal, Sublingual and Mucosal Thin Films

Buccal, sublingual and mucosal thin films from ARx, LLC provide added bioavailability benefits and fast API absorption compared to traditional dosage forms.

ARx custom formulates and manufactures drug-loaded mucosal film systems, designed to bond to challenging mucosal tissues for specified periods of time, while proving comfortable for the patient. The systems may be single or multi layer and formulated for removal upon treatment, or to completely erode at a pre-determined time. Multi-layer systems provide an added benefit in insuring API penetration through mucosal tissue before the entire system is dissolved.

Dissolvable films integrate most available forms of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), including micronized, granulated, salt and free-base forms. Both soluble and insoluble drugs have been successfully compounded into solutions and suspensions which are further processed into a dissolvable film. Active concentrations of larger particle sized compounds are possible up to 50% of the final unit mass; the intended dose is achieved by determining and precisely controlling the size and thickness of the final film.

Benefits of ARx buccal, sublingual and mucosal thin film technologies:

Formulation Flexibility:

  • Tailorable film characteristics including dissolution rates, adhesion, film thickness, material composition, taste-masking and API absorption rates
  • Dissolution may be triggered for a specific biological fluid, pH or other condition
  • Multi-layered product constructions available for optimum bio-availability and stability
  • A variety of excipient options for API compatibility and stability
  • Multi-layered product constructions available for stability and efficacy
  • Novel dosage format for product line extension
  • Delivery of stable drug compounds and GRAS ingredients through excipient selection and product design
Patient Convenience:

  • Eliminates the need to swallow medication
  • Discrete, easy to transport and administer
  • Comfortable and discrete during dosing
  • Pleasant taste and mouth feel
  • Improved market success through enhanced compliance
Drug Delivery Benefits:

  • Systemic drug delivery through mucosal absorption
  • Bypass first pass metabolism effect
  • Bypass enzymatic degradation
  • Less API needed to achieve therapeutic response for cost savings and less potential for abuse
  • Rapid onset and drug absorption
  • Controlled pH for optimized drug delivery

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About us

Company details

Adhesives Research, Inc. (AR) is a leading global independent developer and manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), polymers, tapes, films, coatings, laminates, release liners and drug delivery systems.

We are committed to being the most effective company in our field by:

  • Partnering with our customers
  • Developing and manufacturing the specialized products our customers seek for improving their product.
Established in 1961, AR’s humble beginnings originated in a converted garage to develop and supply specialty adhesive-coated materials and processing equipment to meet the evolving needs of the graphics arts label market.

Through several moves and expansions, AR grew steadily, developing new capabilities and technologies that enabled the company to address the unmet needs of new markets. Rapid growth led to facility expansions to include the U.S., South America (1980), Europe (1999) and Asia (2000). With headquarters in Glen Rock, PA and Limerick, Ireland, today the company’s facilities span over 250 acres, cover over 300,000+ square feet of development and manufacturing space and employ approximately 300 associates.

Adhesives Research, Inc. is organized into two unique businesses:

  • Adhesives Research supplies high-performance specialty films, PSAs, tapes, coatings, films, laminates and components to the medical, pharmaceutical, electronics, industrial, and splicing markets
  • ARx, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary, develops and manufactures client-specific transdermal and thin film drug delivery systems with pharmaceutical and biotech partners.
During the past 50+ years, AR has emerged as a leader in our field through the continuous development of core technologies and capabilities. Today we remain an independent company, committed to working with customers as our partners in the development of application-specific products that fill their unmet material needs.

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