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Priio is now Tahu Solutions

Monday, December 31st, 2012

In December of 2012, BlueLoop Capital, a private equity company in Mason Ohio, acquired Priio. Beginning January 2013 we will be operating as Tahu Solutions LLC.   This should be a nearly seamless transition for our clients and suppliers… same great service, same team, same location — but with a greater depth of resources for our clients as well as a broader range of opportunities for our suppliers than ever before.

INpact members explain prototypes for medical devices

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Larry presenting on prototypes

Priio was joined by Indesign and TWeatherford to provide a short overview of prototyping for small medical device development at the May 18, 2012 INpact meeting, held at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in downtown Indianapolis.

Prototyping is a way to brainstorm for possible solutions, research the technology available and plan the construction for any product development project. The presentation covered the basics of the various proto “types” and offered a hands-on examination of the various samples.  (For more information about INpact, a network of product development resources and service providers, please go to

prototype samples

From the presentation:


Proof of Concept • Creates a mock-up from already existing components. • Proves technical feasibility. • Provides a forecast for how much time and money is needed to completely design.

Form Model • This is a form study of the physical shape. • Fashioned physically out of  foam, clay, resin, etc. • Establishes aesthetics for end user. • Used in presentations to gather funding. • Because form is very subjective, it can often require a large number of tweaks to get it right.

Functional Model • This is a physical item that actually works as intended. • Often aesthetics may be set aside to get to functionality sooner. • Provides usage data.

Interactive Functional Model • A whole new level of prototyping (college, as opposed to elementary school) • Additional IP involved (e.g. electronics and software) creates a longer lead time and higher cost to develop. • A potential stage of client discomfort because other proto-types are not as work intensive. • For many non-FDA devices, this is the final stage before production.

Clinical Use Model • This is the highest level of prototyping, requiring much time and detailed documentation. • With properly submitted paperwork, the FDA says, “you can now touch an animal (maybe a human) with it, for collecting use and performance data.” • This is an actual first level of production in a limited number.

For more information about prototypes and the process of small medical device product development, please contact Priio at 317/471-1577

Priio Peeps Judge Rube Machine Nationals at Purdue

Monday, March 26th, 2012

DSC_0769It’s been featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels; it’s been the subject of a Hollywood documentary; it draws teams from all over the country who pack up complicated machines and teams of students to compete – and Priio peeps Larry O’Cull and Zach Bertram will be there as judges to help make Rube Goldberg Machine Contest history on Saturday, March 31st at Purdue’s Elliot Hall of Music.

Inflating then popping a balloon is this year’s task of the annual engineering competition sponsored by Theta Tau fraternity at Purdue University.

Granted, to inflate a balloon and pop it doesn’t sound like a particularly challenging task – unless you’re doing it with a large machine which uses at least 20 mechanical steps that show good engineering and great entertainment value.

The contest is based on the outrageous contraptions of Rube Goldberg, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist of the early 20th century. The idea is to build a machine that takes the most convoluted and creative route to successfully accomplish a simple task.

The event will commence at 9:30 a.m. It is family-friendly, free-of-charge and open to the public.

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Priio named Certified Design Services Provider by Digi-Key

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Priio is now the first Indiana company listed as a Design Services Provider for Digi-Key, an electronic component distributor which does 1.5 billion in annual sales internationally.

“Digi-Key is building a design services network across the country, and they didn’t have anyone in this state,” says Priio president Larry O’Cull. “They investigated by interviewing manufacturing representatives, local vendors and clients – and our name came up very favorably.”

Digi-Key lists a Design Services Provider network as part of a full-orbed service orientation. They provide links and information to their customer base for recommended fee-based service providers to improve project efficiency and hasten time-to-market:

Scott Raeker, a Digi-Key spokesperson, wrote in an email confirming Priio’s certification that he enjoyed speaking to the client references. “I feel Priio is an excellent design firm and I look forward to working with [the] team,” he says.


Priio prototype in “buggy” field test

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Yes, you CAN count insects. Priio designed the hardware for the Z-Trap which helps reduce the need for insecticide in orchards. (Our prototype design shows up on the 2011 timeline.) Check it out:

Priio celebrates with open house

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Please join us at the Priio open house this Thursday, November 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.I'd rather be a hammer than a nail.

We’ve been hard at working getting everything in order at our new location – 5706 W 74th Street, Indianapolis (in Park 100).

We hope you’ll join us for munchies and libations as you tour the new digs. (There is lots of color – Sgt. Pepper would be proud.)

Priio plans move, open house to celebrate new digs

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The end of October will see Priio operations coming out of a new home base. The business is moving to a space in Park 100 on the northwest side of Indianapolis at 5706 W 74th Street. The new facility will provide 10,000 square feet, divided between office and shop space, with some room to grow.

“We believe this new space will better support our growth and business goals over the next five years,” says Priio president Larry O’Cull. “We needed more office space to accommodate our recent staff increases, as well as shop space to support our expanding prototyping capabilities.”

O’Cull says the new office space offers good accessibility for clients, being literally yards off the 73rd street ramp off I-465. He’s also excited about the snazzy new floor plan which has a pretty face and a good personality. “Our new space truly embodies and facilitates our integrative/collaborative work environment,” he says. “It totally says‘Priio.’”

Priio will host an open house at their new location on Thursday, November 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. You  may RSVP at


Priio grows again with addition of software developer

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

DanPriio is happy to announce the addition of a new software development position, filled by Daniel Havener.

Havener earned his BSCO from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, then worked at Wavetek (now JDSU), Integral Technologies and Allison Transmission developing software for communications, digital video, security and electronic controls. He is now a welcome member of the embedded software team at Priio.

Havener and his wife have three little daughters and he confesses to being a SciFi fan (as all the best people are).

Priio welcomes new software developer

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Victor Johns

Priio is happy to announce the addition of Oluwokay “Victor” Johns to our roster of peeps as an embedded software developer.

Victor hails from the Los Angeles area where he earned his BSEE from California State University. After graduation he worked for Modular Mining Systems in Tucson, Ariz., and later worked for Cummins, Thomson, Willtek/Acterna and Technicolor, earning his MSECE from Purdue/IUPUI along the way.

He is crazy good at tennis, and is currently in training for a tournament circuit. (Consequently, he is also extremely good at table tennis and is giving our current champ, Gordon Huang, a run for his money.) When not working his software magic at Priio, he likes music, movies and hanging out with his wife and two grown sons.


Priio struts its product development stuff at INpact event

Monday, June 13th, 2011

INpact postersThere was a warm welcome for visitors from the business community who stopped by on Thursday, June 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. to check out the annual INpact Open House, held this year at Biologics Modular in Brownsburg, IN. Visitors came from as far away as Dayton, Ohio to check out this consortium of companies who support product development for small medical house at Biologics

“People are surprised when they realize we have such a comprehensive spectrum of service providers right here in Indiana,” says Priio president Larry O’Cull. “Events like this are helpful because they allow people to ask specific questions and talk to company owners – it’s a chance to go straight to the well, so to speak.”

INpact was formed a little over three years ago to assist entrepreneurs as well as larger companies in the process of product development, starting with early stage research, through design and development, FDA submission, manufacturing and market release.

Open house guests“INpact is different from most associations in that we’re not just a phone book of names,” says INpact president Jon Speer. “This is a network of capable and proven product development resource and service providers – we know each other and have worked together on many projects in the past. There’s good synergy here.”

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INpact Life Sciences Open House Thursday, June 9


The INpact Medical Device Network, representing Indiana’s leading Medical Device manufacturing and support businesses, will be sponsoring an industry Open House Poster Session on June 9th. The event will provide a host forum focused on public awareness about this important growth industry in Indiana. The event will also display the capabilities of some of the state’s leading Medical Device manufacturers and support companies, and will include related information about Indiana’s Life Sciences initiatives.

INpact welcomes business leaders, legislators and the public at large to attend this unique forum and review some of Indiana’s most innovative and technologically advanced companies. This informative event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9th at Biologics Modular located at 1533 E. Northfield Drive, Suite 100, Brownsburg, Indiana 46112.

President & Co-founder of INpact, Jon Speer, remarks “We decided to hold this INpact event in Brownsburg Indiana at Biologics Modular. Biologics is an excellent example of a new emerging company that provides an interesting and unique service as a result of supporting the life sciences industry. Additionally, Hendricks County has tremendous potential in becoming a life science business hub in Central Indiana.”

“The INpact Open House & Poster Session will serve as a forum for our member companies to show off their capabilities in advancing Indiana’s medical device movement. The Indiana medical device industry thrives because of the INpact member companies. The capabilities and technology of our members is truly impeccable.”

This trade showcase event will provide summary information about several of Indiana’s new manufacturing leaders and support companies in the life sciences related industries and these emerging technologies. The Medical Device industry is a catalyst that is essential to rebuilding Indiana’s manufacturing base, resulting in economic growth and providing many high quality, high paying and sustainable jobs.

This informative showcase is free
but pre-registration is requested.

To attend the INpact Indiana Life Sciences Open House Event you can pre-register by sending a message to Or by calling the RSVP phone number 317.968.5333.

Whether engineer, inventor or bear trainer – you’re never too young to ideate

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Just how do you keep third and fourth graders from missing the school bus?

That was the “product pain” proposed by Priio president Larry O’Cull and project coordinator Zach Bertram at a recent “Career Day” at Westfield Elementary School.

ideation 4

Both peeps (and grade schooler dads) took conceptualization on the road with a basic lesson in how to develop/invent a good product by using ideation first.

They first demonstrated how the process works at Priio, explaining how ideation is a method of using what you already know and applying it in a new way.

O’Cull used an example of how a hack saw handle was the inspiration for the handle of a dental imaging tool Priio designed. “We wanted them to see how you can take existing things and apply them in new ways,” he said.

Next Bertram got them started on the project at hand by sharing his own brainstorming seed: to train a bear to follow the bus andideation 8 roar a warning so kids could hear it coming.

With the floodgates thus opened, the kids put their ideas – no matter how crazy or unlikely – onto square post-it notes and stuck them to a dry erase board at the front of the room. Then they voted for a couple of favorites created by others, and began speculating on how these ideas could be fleshed out.

Concepts ranged from impounding an ice cream truck megaphone to blare out a warning to a phone app which served as a timely alarm.

“It was actually pretty impressive, some of the things they came up with,” said Bertram, who participated along with O’Cull in contributing to the brainstorming. He added, laughing, “The funny thing is, I couldn’t tell the difference between their ideas and ours!”



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