3M Corporation of Saint Paul, MN at MEDICA 2019 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine
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3M Corporation

3M Center, 275-5W-05, 55144 Saint Paul, MN

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MEDICA 2019 hall map (Hall 13): stand B48

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MEDICA 2019 fairground map: Hall 13

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 03  Diagnostic Tests
  • 03.07  Other diagnostics

Other diagnostics

  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.01  Universal medical commodities

Universal medical commodities

  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.17  Other commodities and consumer goods

Other commodities and consumer goods

Our products

Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

Hacking your health

Is adhesive innovation a key to unlocking future wearable medical device innovation?
Rapid growth of wearable technology is enabling us to track specific nuances of our lives, like steps and sleep, which can help guide our overall health.

Looking  to the future, the wearable medical device market will further evolve as patients and consumers continue to “hack their health.”  Researchers are trying to find ways to enhance non-pharmaceutical therapies, digital monitoring and wearable devices to, for example, help the aging population live at home longer and improve virtual care. An industry goal is to offer increasingly effective, personalized monitoring of health and care delivery, so we can be more cognizant of what causes certain reactions and improve quality of care.

To address this growing need, device manufacturers are working to innovate how we’re able to monitor, such as making devices smaller, lighter and less invasive. To  achieve some of these advancements, one solution they turn to is adhesives. Adhesives can play a critical role in a wearable device’s overall success, whether it’s adhering device components together or sticking devices to skin.

With such a crucial role in device functionality, it’s paramount that adhesives evolve along with wearable medical devices to foster continued innovation.

How can adhesives help save the day? They provide solutions to pesky design challenges, symbiotically interact with other device components and help protect the end user from harm.

Below are areas where current and future medical adhesives may play a key role in the advancement of wearable devices.

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

3M™ Linerless Splicing Compound 2242

  • Rubber-resin adhesive provides excellent adherence while self-fusing, ethylene propylene rubber backing resists UV rays, heat and flame
  • General use, weather-resistant electrical tape
  • Suitable for general splice insulation and moisture sealing of electrical connections
  • Available in narrow and wide widths (0.75 in.–2 in.)

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape

  • Gentle adhesion
  • Conformable and highly breathable
  • Reliably secures dressings and devices to skin
  • Hypoallergenic and not made with natural rubber latex

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

FUTURO™ Energizing Ultra Sheer Pantyhose for Women

  • Mild Compression (8-15 mm/Hg)
  • Helps relieve symptoms of superficial spider veins or mild varicose veins
  • Ideal for standing or sitting all day or active office work
  • Reinforced toe, heel and durable run guard for lasting wear

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

ACE™ Brand Ankle Brace with Side Stabilizers

  • Quick lace strapping system can be positioned over front or back of ankle for increased comfort and flexibility
  • Strapping mechanism allows for full adjustment around ankle as well as under heel for a personalized fit
  • Provides customizable levels of compression and support
  • Side stabilizers help reduce lateral motion

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

ACE™ Brand Elasto-Preene™ Knee Support

  • Stretchy design conforms to your knee for comfort and mild support
  • Innovative combination of elastic and neoprene blend materials provide the desired level of comfort and support coupled with heat retention
  • Soft, breathable neoprene-blend panel stitched around the knee joint allows for heat retention
  • Flexible design allows a full range of motion

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

ACE™ Brand Hot & Cold Back Wrap

  • Convenient wrap design lets you experience relief when you're seated or on the move
  • Stretchy, neoprene-blend fabric is comfortable against your skin
  • Adjustable design provides a custom fit
  • Insulating design retains hot or cold temperatures for relief

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

FUTURO™ For Her Back Support, Adjustable

  • Design offers customizable levels of moderate support and compression
  • Adjustable straps provide a personalized fit
  • Contoured fit is tailored to the natural curves of a woman’s back
  • Breathable materials enhance airflow to help keep skin dry

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About us

Company details

More than a century ago, 3M started as a small-scale mining venture in Northern Minnesota, then named Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Now a global powerhouse, our products improve the daily lives of people around the world. 

But our success and longevity were not apparent from the start. We tried. We failed. We tried something new. Repeat cycle. Innovation and perseverance drove our founders, and it continues to drive 3Mers today. 
From Humble Beginnings to Fortune 500
When 3M began in 1902, our five founders had a simple goal: to mine for corundum, a mineral ideal for making sandpaper and grinding wheels. Turns out, what they thought was corundum was really another low-grade mineral called anorthosite.

Discovering the poor-quality mineral could have caused an early end to our fledgling company, but our founders persisted. Why? Because something more important was born that first year: the spirit of innovation and collaboration that forms the foundation of 3M today. So instead of calling it quits, we turned to different materials, applied them to other products, gained the trust of important investors and built up sales little by little.

Scientific, technical and marketing innovations produced success upon success over the years, eventually making 3M a constant name on the Fortune 500 list. Today, more than 60,000 3M products are used in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and other industries. One third of our sales come from products invented within the past five years, thanks to innovations from the thousands of researchers and scientists we employ around the world.

With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in 200, we are committed to creating the technology and products that advance every company, enhance every home and improve every life.

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