The regulatory environment in the fields of baby diapers, feminine care and adult incontinence products has been ambiguous when it comes to substances of interest (SoI), spawning uncertainty. The global supplier of adhesives for various personal hygiene applications, the consumer goods producer Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf/Germany,
is running a dedicated testing program around the current regulatory framework, including a clear strategy on how to ensure and verify adherence to current standards. The company uses the latest analytical test methods and equipment to test its products. The tailor-made polyolefin adhesive range of Technomelt Advance was developed to meet specific personal hygiene industry needs i.e. to minimize chemical odor and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The range is designed to meet the most demanding medical industry needs, including applications for medical facemasks, isolation gowns and surgical drapes. The latest innovation Easyflow – a cutting-edge hot-melt adhesive based on a new pressure sensitive product form – enables safe and efficient delivery in production. It also has very good process performance and efficiency by offering melt-on-demand capabilities derived from the patented product form, closed system integration to eliminate foreign materials in hot-melt tanks and auto-feeding to keep production moving. This minimizes the melt history of the adhesive and the time allowed for any buildup of VOC and odor.