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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.