Diabetes Infusion Set

Diabetes Infusion Set


For the millions of people with diabetes dependent on insulin injections, ease of use in an injection device has a real impact on quality of life. To that end, a global medical device company approached PGC to help their customers with a new infusion set design that would make users’ lives easier and redefine the industry standard.


The customer envisioned a revolutionary all-in-one infusion set featuring an automatic needle retraction system to reduce unwanted needle sticks, a breathable, skin-like adhesive dressing that keeps water out, and a hidden insertion needle that improves usability for children and patients with needle phobia.

Our part at PGC was to find solutions for:

  • Laminating on multiple layers of alternating adhesives and fabrics.
  • Cutting at various depths.

The adhesive patch needed to adhere to the applicator, stick to a user’s skin, then come out of the applicator seamlessly.


In a process so exacting it required a custom-made laminator, PGC laminated four adhesive layers onto an unsupported, unstable film—the artificial skin. Next, PGC’s engineers procured a medically-approved nonwoven fabric that allowed the adhesive to stay positioned against the skin while decoupling from the cannula.

Once the fabric and adhesives were laminated to the artificial skin, the patch needed to be cut at different depths from the top and the bottom without going all the way through so that the only part that would stick to the user was the artificial skin layer.

To ensure that the patch stuck and released properly, it was critical to eliminate the tiniest degree of movement. PGC’s team solved that by applying stress concentrators around the edges. When the user pulls the applicator away, the stress concentrators allow the artificial skin to release from it.


Due to our customer’s unique design features, which reduce complexity, maximize comfort and help ensure safety for people with diabetes, the infusion set has established a new standard on the market and won the Medical Design Excellence Award.