The MEGAPRO® Story
From Idea to Concept, to Production
The invention and development of the MEGAPRO® screwdriver started with one simple idea: There must be a better way to store screwdriver bits in a “hollow handle” screwdriver. This was the central thought that inspired Hermann Fruhm, the inventor, to address that nagging problem of lost bits and the functionality issues that surrounded the typical multi-bit screwdrivers of the day.
The first step in the process was creating numerous concept sketches and drawings. Next came a prototype fashioned from various materials purchased from hobby shops and plastics supplies companies. The completion of the first prototype was a pivotal moment in the history of MEGAPRO®.
Hermann firmly believed that with solid design and engineering work, the idea could become commercially viable. It was roughly around this time that the Vancouver-based KARO Design firm became involved in the industrial design of the product. The first technical/design drawings were produced in the early 1990′s. Those drawings in turn led to more proto-typing efforts and finally, the first set of moulds were created. These moulds produced what was to become the first MEGAPRO® screwdriver.
The very first version of the product in North America was marketed under the Pik-a-Bit Brand. It quickly gained market acceptance with its highly practical patented features. End-users immediately recognized the screwdriver’s quality and ease of use.