Women in MedTech

July 2019 | Medical Design and Outsourcing Special Feature Women in MedTech

Women account for nearly one-third of employees in the manufacturing industry, where men have historically held the majority of jobs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The situation includes manufacturers and other outsourcers serving the medical device space.

The lack of diversity is even more apparent farther up the corporate leadership ladder. According to a report from the Centers for American Progress, women hold 52% of professional jobs in the U.S., but only 14.6% of CEOs are women.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also reports that only a fifth of executives, senior officers and managers in the U.S. high-tech industries are women.
To close out Women’s History Month this year, here are 11 women in manufacturing you should know.

Leadership roles: Q&A with Julie Logothetis

July 2, 2019 By Danielle Kirsh

Julie Logothetis

Julie Logothetis, President, Kahle Automation [Image from Kahle Automation]

Julie Logothetis was told from a young age that she needed to be an engineer. She was always fascinated with machines and how things worked and she never considered another career other than manufacturing.

“I attended Villanova University and early on in the engineering program, I figured out that I maybe didn’t want to be an engineer and went on to receive a degree in economics,” Logothetis said. “Upon graduating, I had a brief stint in the financial industry. Then I was given the opportunity to work in manufacturing at Kahle Automation. From the day I started working at Kahle, I knew I found the perfect balance.”

Logothetis has worked with Kahle Automation(Morristown, N.J.) for the last 37 years, working her way up from sales to management and operations.

MDO: What first drew you to manufacturing? When did you first know you wanted to be in the industry?

Logothetis: I don’t feel that when I started working at Kahle it was a conscious decision that I wanted to be in manufacturing. It was more that I was presented with an opportunity and I took a chance.

It was easier, however, to be a woman in manufacturing working with the medtech industry at that time. I think that had I been working in a more industrial environment, it may have been more difficult to be a woman.

MDO: What are some of the barriers women face in today’s medtech industry, if any?

Logothetis: Compared to some of the other manufacturing industries, I feel that the medtech industry is very welcoming to women and always has been.

MDO: Describe your biggest leadership challenge. How did you conquer it or resolve it, and what was the outcome?

Logothetis: Having worked in the automation industry and in particular with medtech companies for the past 37 years, the biggest challenge was and continues to be that at any initial introduction as I start to work together with new people and companies, I need to verify my position and my knowledge of the industry and Kahle. This might be an extra step that men don’t have to go through, but once we get past this, it’s business as usual.

MDO: Talk about your leadership skills. What is the most important lesson you have learned that has guided you in your career?

Logothetis: I never judge people by their title or position. I always want to know and understand who you are by how you present yourself and what you have to contribute to any situation. I try to keep an open mind and believe that everyone has something positive to offer and we all need to work together to be successful.

MDO: In your opinion, what more can be done to promote greater participation of young women in the medtech industry today?

Logothetis: I don’t believe that the medtech industry has to do anything special to promote greater participation of women. As long as the industry treats women equally and rewards them based on educational qualifications and merit, we will see more women in our industry.

MDO: What career advice would you give to your younger self?

Logothetis: Enjoy the ride! I consider myself so fortunate to have this opportunity to work in an industry I love and to meet and work with such diverse and interesting people.

MDO: Why is it important for companies to be more inclusive and have more women in charge?

Logothetis: It is extremely important for companies to be open-minded and consider all candidates on their merit and not on their sex. As more and more women enter the workforce in the area of manufacturing, I do expect that you will see more women in charge. Maybe it’s the economist in me. I loved statistics. I do believe that considering the percentage of men versus women in the workforce, the number of women in management should be representative.

Why promoting women in manufacturing could lead to more leadership roles: Q&A with Julie Logothetis

Julie Logothetis LinkedIn

This story originally ran March 27, 2019. Updated June 27, 2019.

Sam Brusco, associate editor of MPO, speaks with John Wuschner, VP of engineering/quality at Kahle Automation

June 21, 2019 | MDM-ATX East / Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO)

Celebrating 100 Years in Business with Kahle Automation at ATX East

John Wuschner of Kahle Automation recounts the company’s history and why it chose to focus on the medical/healthcare markets.

Sam Brusco, associate editor of MPO, speaks with John Wuschner, VP of engineering/quality at Kahle Automation about the company’s evolution over the last century at ATX East in New York City. They also discuss why the company chose to focus solely on automation solutions for the medical, pharmaceutical, and healthcare markets.

Article sourced from www.mpo-mag.com Celebrating 100 Years in Business with Kahle Automation at ATX East

By Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 06.21.19

June 1, 2019 | Kahle Automation Announces the Launch of Its New Website

Kahle Automation Announces the Launch of Its New Website

In honor of celebrating our 100th anniversary as a worldwide leader and supplier of custom high- speed automation and processing equipment for the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industries, Kahle Automation is proud to announce the launch of its new website.

Kahle has been designing turnkey solutions for custom equipment, specializing in system integration, material and package handling, equipment validation, parts feeding, along with documentation to meet our customers everyday requirements.

“Kahle’s solutions don’t come in a box, why would our ideas”

For more information on how you can partner with Kahle for your next project, please visit us at www.kahleautomation.com



Kahle Glass Assembly Machine

September 2018 | Drug Development & Delivery SPECIAL FEATURE – Injection Devices: As Self-Injections Grow, Drug Delivery Gets Smarter

Kahle Automation was featured in the following article:

SPECIAL FEATURE – Injection Devices: As Self-Injection Grows, Drug Delivery Gets Smarter

The global injectable drug delivery market is growing around 11.8% CAGR and will soon eclipse oral delivery as the most valuable route of administration of pharmaceuticals. The market was valued at $328 million in 2015 and is expected to reach $640 million by 2021.1 This growth is being fueled by biologics, which are expected to grow at a clip of 26.5% to over $250 billion by 2020.2

The growth of chronic diseases and the requirement for repeat dosing to treat these diseases are driving the market for self-injections to grow at over 22% per year towards nearly $80 billion by 2022.2 “This move towards injection of biologics at home is a clear trend in our society and our industry, and it presents a clear challenge for device developers,” says John A. Merhige, Chief Commercial Officer, Credence MedSystems, Inc.

This annual Drug Development & Delivery report highlights some of the innovative and novel technologies developers are deploying to make self-injection easier and improve patient adherence.

Kahle: Custom Syringe Assembly for Complex Designs

Kahle designs and builds custom assembly, inspection, and process equipment for medical devices and drug delivery products with complete equipment validation services. Kahle works with customers’ device/requirements regardless of the design, the processes, or the production rate required. As a manufacturing equipment supplier, Julie Logothetis, President of Kahle, says the company faces challenges posed by the complexity of new injection/drug delivery devices. “Some of the “traditional” packaging and processing equipment companies work off of standard platforms and designs and do not have the flexibility to meet the requirements of the new, more complex devices,” says Ms. Logothetis. “Gone are the days of a simple syringe and needle. A new safety injection device can have 12 or more components that need to be assembled, compared to a three-piece syringe and basic needle.”

In the past year, Kahle built equipment to assemble standard and basic safety syringes, a new safety needle that is going to be on the market soon, as well as components for wearable pump devices. Kahle Needle Assembly Systems are available in various machine configurations, depending on product design and assembly requirements.

Article sourced from www.drug-dev.com SPECIAL FEATURE – Injection Devices: As Self-Injection Grows, Drug Delivery Gets Smarter

Kahle Custom Automation Equipment Solutions

November 12, 2017 | Medica -Compamed Show / Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO)

5 Questions from the Booth: Kahle Automation

Custom automation equipment solutions are offered to the medical device manufacturing industry.

The editorial team of Medical Product Outsourcing reached out to several companies who were exhibiting at Medica or Compamed in case you’re unable to see them at the event or are not headed to Germany this year. Review the following questions we served up to Julie Logothetis, president of Kahle Automation and see if the company is a potential manufacturing partner for you.

MPO: What technology or service are you emphasizing at Medica this year?
Julie Logothetis: Custom automation equipment for the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

MPO: What’s the most common challenge customers inquire about and how do you address it?
Logothetis: Providing high speed automation/assembly equipment for small critical components. Kahle has an extensive portfolio of technology for medical device manufacturing. Further, Kahle builds all its own feeders and material handling so we are able to eliminate most of the risk very early in the evaluation of a project.

MPO: If you could give one piece of advice to companies seeking a manufacturing partner before they make a decision, what would it be?
Logothetis: You need to feel comfortable with the company and the solutions they are proposing from the start. If you are uncomfortable with any aspects of the project and the potential partner can’t offer fixed pricing, then they don’t have the proper technical expertise to execute.

MPO: What are the forces driving medical device manufacturers to seek your technology/services over doing it in-house?
Logothetis: When it comes to automation equipment, it is very difficult for even the very largest companies to maintain the level of technical expertise required. They get in a rut of “me too” projects and they can’t take advantage of the latest technology.

MPO: In what ways is your company able to aid in getting a product (project) to market faster?
Logothetis: Kahle can work with companies from early in the design stage to consult on all the design attributes that will ultimately lead to a successful end for high speed production while validating the process as it moves along.

If you’re interested in following up with Kahle at the event, you’ll find them in Compamed at hall/booth 8B/G20-6.


Kahle DEHP-Free Tubing Assembly and Processing

As industry guidance moves toward alternate solutions for flexible PVC medical products, Kahle has been at the forefront of developing techniques and new technology for alternate bonding and forming methods on our IV Tubing Assembly and Process equipment as well as our Catheter Assembly and Inspection equipment.

All Kahle Tubing Assembly and Process equipment designs are executed with DEHP free Tubing considerations and the impact of this material change is being accounted for on all new machine builds. Transitioning from traditional PVC (with DEHP) to DEHP free Tubing is a difficult process if you are not working with a partner that has experience with alternate Tubing materials. This results in redefining, redesigning, and reengineering your product bonding and handling operations. However, with an automation portfolio dedicated to only the medical, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries Kahle has been ahead of the curve on developing solutions for alternate materials and our Tubing component bonding, tip forming, and eye forming processes for DEHP free Tubing are already developed, proven, and running in validated production environments even if formal industry guidance is only on the horizon.

Kahle’s Tubing Machines are available in rotary and linear indexing or asynchronous machine platforms at various output requirements. Kahle also has extensive experience in Tubing processing to manufacture various tip designs and hole punching, including ultrasonic formation of the eyelets in the manufacture of Urinary, Suction, and Drainage Catheters.

Phthalate free Tubing products made on problem free Assembly, Inspection and Process equipment. That’s engineering perfection. That’s custom solutions. That’s Kahle Automation.

Learn more about Kahle’s Tubing Assembly, Process, and Inspection equipment.