Celebrating our 100th Anniversary, Kahle has been a worldwide leader in manufacturing technology and innovations since 1920. Today, Kahle is a global company exclusively focused on the supply of custom automation solutions for the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industries. Kahle dedicates 182,500 engineering hours per year designing automation and has the most comprehensive portfolio of technology in the industry.
Charles Eisler publishes an article in Machinery Magazine- Tungsten Lamp Manufacture, in Budapest Hungry prior to immigrating to the United States.
On June 13, 1920 Charles Eisler opened Eisler Engineering Company in Newark New Jersey.
Eisler starts shipping equipment to manufacture the first Incandescent lamps using his own designs.
Almost immediately GE (Thomas Edison) RCA and Westinghouse (the Big 3) who up until that time had a monopoly on the market, filed a lawsuit against Charles Eisler.
In addition to the big 3, there was a growing cult of independent manufacturers that had access to the latest technological equipment to manufacture Incandescent lamps. Business was very good for Eisler.
The lawsuit filed by the Big 3 against Eisler were with the intent to stop his operations. Eisler ultimately prevailed, the US District Court on December 21, 1928 ruled the Eisler Sealing-in Machine does not infringe on the patent held by General Electric Company.
Eisler became the champion and major supplier of equipment to manufacture incandescent lamps and radio tubes to all the independent manufactures throughout the world.
1930’s Eisler started building equipment for the manufacture of Glass Syringes and Ampules
Kahle Engineering Company is founded in North Bergen, New Jersey by Louis C. Kahle
In October 1937 Kahle ships its first machine, a Single Head Stem and Seal Machine to Western Electric.
In December 1937, Kahle received its first order from GE. Kahle went on to become a major supplier of production equipment for GE, providing hundreds of machines for the manufacturing of various electronic components from radio tubes, to light bulbs and CRT screens. Kahle also went on to supply this equipment to RCA, Westinghouse. As Kahle moved forward the company became a major supplier of manufacturing equipment to Sylvania, Western Union, Raytheon, Western Electric, IBM and Hughes Aircraft to name a few of their customers.
Kahle receives a letter from General Electric praising its support in provide equipment and support “during war emergency, when such equipment was so vital to the war effort.”
Kahle received its first order for equipment to form and seal glass Thermos Bottles / Vacuum Flask. Kahle equipment went on to become the standard for manufacturing glass Thermos Bottles.
1947: Kahle sells its first fully automated Ampule Forming Machine.
Eisler was issued a patent for automatic syringe tip-forming to shape the tip on the syringe barrel. (US Patent No. 2,446,000)
Kahle starts building equipment for the manufacturing of mercury switches for Micro Switch
With the development of Crystal Grow at Bell Labs in New Jersey, Kahle was able to ship its first equipment to grow Germanium Crystals in 1954. This equipment was first shipped to Delco Radio.
Kahle will continue to regularly build Diode production equipment. That was the very last glass machine shipped from the U.S. location in 2000.
Kahle starts building automation for the manufacture of Stemware.
Charles Eisler publishes his autobiography “The Million Dollar Bend”
Kahle builds its first AUTOMATIC HYPERDERMIC NEEDLE ASSEMBLY MACHINE with an output of 3,500 parts per hour.
Kahle Engineering opens Kahle Europea S.p.A. in Caravaggio, Italy.
Kahle Italy builds its first PLASTIC SYRINGE ASSEMBLY MACHINE
Kahle works with Columbia University, designs and builds the First Low-Cost Artificial Kidney Machine (Kidney Dialysis Machine)
Kahle starts manufacturing equipment for the Film Cassette Cartridge Assembly Industry
Kahle ships it first fully automatic Scalpel Blade Grinding Machine.
Kahle Italy designs and fabricates their own feeders and elevators for the equipment they build.
With the development of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), in the early 1970’s Kahle was an early adapter to installing PLCs on their equipment.
Kahle designs and patents a Glass Tubular Solar Collector and builds the equipment for GE to manufacture the “Evacuated Tube Solar Collector”
Kahle designs and patents the method for automatically forming the Glass Thermometer Bulb
Kahle builds its first fully automatic Suction Catheter Assembly System with RF tip Forming, forever changing quality and comfort of urinary catheters.
Joule Technical (Mr. E.N. Logothetis) purchases Kahle Engineering and Eisler Engineering and merges them into one company
Kahle announces that moving forward they will be dedicated to manufacturing only equipment to support the Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Industries.
Kahle Italy works on their technical portfolio of equipment and develops automation technology for Drip Chamber and Injection Site, Flash Chambers and other IV Set components.
Kahle Italy starts building IV Tubing Set Assembly Machines
Kahle earns US Patent 4,436,479 for the “Method and the Means for Orienting the Bevel of a Needle”.
Kahle patents the “Method and Means for spooling Tubing”. Used on the automation of IV Tubing Set Assembly.
Kahle patents the manufacturing process of bonding a “Bonded Needle to Glass Dose Syringe”.
Kahle builds the first High Speed Continuous Motion Syringe Assembly Machines with a production output of 500 Syringes per minute.
Kahle Italy becomes the largest supplier of Syringe Assembly Machines, shipping their High Speed Continuous Motion Machines all over the world.
Kahle Italy added 8,600 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to its Italy factory and new offices.
Kahle phases out manufacturing in the U.S. and shuts down its Orange, New Jersey factory.
The Smithsonian Institute requests ownership of the early Eisler and Kahle files as they tracked the history of early Electronics/Lamp manufacturing.
Kahle shipped the first Tubing Set Assembly Machine with Vision Assisted Feeding to all for multiple tubing set configurations to be assembled on one machine.
Kahle employs Ultrasonic technology for the hole punching in tubing forever changing the standard of catheter quality.
Kahle Italy expands its manufacturing space to 48,000 sq. ft.
Kahle patents AccuSpence its Precision Dispensing Valve for accurate High Speed Dispensing of adhesive and other materials.
Kahle patents its EAMON Modular Cam Driven Station.
Kahle completes its first Needle Assembly Machine that produces 1500 assemblies per minute.
Kahle ships its first UV Needle to Glass Syringe Assembly Machine with a production rate of 160 ppm.
As an industry leader in the area of Syringe Manufacturing and Safety Kahle was invited to attend the World Health Organization “WHO” Meeting on Safety Engineered Syringes
Kahle develops an Glass Barrel Inspection System to augment all the work we are doing with Combination Device and Prefilled Syringe automation.
Kahle ships a fully integrated IV Tubing Pump Set with an output of 70ppm.