Digital transformation industry 4.0 creates new opportunities to elevate productivity and effectiveness for all forms of business. ЕnCata has all the necessary stack technology for industrial transformation in manufacturing.
The digital transformation of an enterprise requires 3 components:
Strategy: Realistic goals and expected results, a clear transformation plan with deadlines and milestones, as well as work on corporate culture.
Software transformation: Development and implementation of tools for working with Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud technologies, digital finance, workflow, etc.
Hardware transformation: Development and implementation of transformation hardware - Industrial internet of things, robotics.
At the same time, none of the points above gives a result autonomously to each other. For example, vibration sensors on an electric motor (IIoT) collect and send data to the cloud and, based on this data (Big Data), analyze the condition of the equipment to minimize the likelihood of an unplanned stoppage of the production process. EnCata develops hardware devices that connect our Clients' digital ecosystems to the real world.Our team of engineers is ready to help you implement your digital transformation strategy for your business, primarily at the level of development, production, and implementation of hardware solutions.
We act as your extended R&D team which is faster than hiring engineers locally. The breadth of our technical expertise is unique.
Our dedicated team is ready to scale up quickly. We utilize AGILE lean development process that leads to 30-50% faster delivery.
Our development location enables us to be cost-effective and deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/3 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA.
Industrial digital transformation helps reduce the amount of waste (time and financial resources) and optimize your business’s internal and external communications. As a result, your production will become more efficient, effective, and therefore competitive.The digitalization of production and its integration into the enterprise ecosystem requires both software (enterprise management system, databases) and hardware components (Industrial internet of things).
When drawing analogies with the human body, the software part will then be the “intellect” and “memory” of your enterprise. At the same time, the hardware part will be both the “nerve fibers” that collect and deliver information from the entire enterprise, and the “hands” with which the “intellect” distantly solves tasks.
The integration of production into the ecosystem of an enterprise, with a transformation strategy, can go in two ways:
Gradually: A phased introduction of hardware components into the enterprise ecosystem. It is the introduction of intelligent transport or autonomous robots for intra-shop logistics, the IIoT solutions, the installation of sensors on equipment, or an interactive dashboard in a workshop.
Cardinally: An introduction of collaborative robotic systems, assistant systems, which immediately and significantly change the production and business process. Whichever path you prefer, our design engineers, electronics specialists, and researchers can help you find and develop the right solutions.
There is a significant difference between a concept and a mass-produced product. Therefore, prototyping is a fundamentally important step in product development. At this stage, we get an inexpensive resource for testing an IIoT device with top-level software and a digital ecosystem of the enterprise.Creating a physical prototype makes it possible to see the device’s functionally and ergonomically weak points. Based on the testing of the prototype, we receive information on what needs to be refined and improved in the future device.
EnCata is ready to help you in small-batch manufacturing. Low volume manufacturing is very sensitive to used equipment and tooling, COGS, and lead time. Large producers are usually not flexible during negotiations on small orders. EnCata has in-house production facility where we can prepare the first small batch, make several hundreds of PCBAs, assemble products and test them before shipment.The first batch of the product is your chance to get your first profit. But, what if your Low volume Manufacturing is developed as a part of digital transformation industry 4.0?
Industrial automation is one of EnCata's key expertise in Digital transformation, which includes the development and production of electronics (sensors, controllers, power management systems, etc.).As a rule, our Clients give us non-standard tasks, which we solve with the help of custom electronics development. This way, the Client gets the most out of the transformation hardware components since custom electronics design eliminates the redundancy of universal solutions.
To implement the hardware part of the business transformation, it is important to assess the device’s applicability, their components and critical functions to the Client's production process. At EnCata, we can prototype, run simulations or calculations to test the concept.
As long as the digital transformation process requires a detailed study of all stages of transformation, we conduct Feasibility Studies to identify the requirements to the functionality and principles of operation of the future product. Moreover, during Feasibility Studies, we understand how the concept and technical level correspond to the expectations of the market and the Client's business model.
The integration of electronic devices into the digital ecosystem of an enterprise will proceed correctly if the lower-level software communicates with the upper-level software stably and without data loss and distortion. Our Firmware Development specialists develop embedded software according to the Client’s requirements, including the nuances of software at the enterprise.
EnCata’s portfolio has dozens of projects in which we have helped implement the hardware part of business transformation or developed products for startups that were later used to improve the efficiency of business processes. We have deep expertise in digital transformation in industrial manufacturing, healthcare, IIoT, etc., which allows our team to completely deal with the hardware part of your company's digital transformation.
As an example, we can mention the case of warehouse-robot .A startup approached us with the task of bringing a "warehouse robot" to the stage of a working prototype to optimize the work of its logistics centers.Our involvement consisted of refining the concept of the IIOT device, adapting it to the functionality of the robot design, and developing the concept to readiness for mass production.After only five months, our team of design engineers, industrial designers, and production staff successfully executed the project and delivered it to the Client. This project perfectly illustrates the situation when the Client turns to EnCata for the solution. There is a top-level software add-on that the Client has continued to develop. Partnering with our team has allowed them to stay focused on the hardware part of their concept.
We focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch. EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.
EnCata can provide your startup with the end-to-end product development service in both hardware and software domains coupled with the outstanding inhouse prototyping facilities.
Turn to EnCata if you need our premimum consultancy services (concept review, design / CAD review or advice on software architecture code you produced) only when our advice is needed.
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Our hardware engineers are focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch. EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.
EnCata works with both fixed term and agile contracts.
1. Once you have approached us with the project, we conclude the NDA and send the information to the Sales Manager for further evaluation and project planning.
2. The Sales Manager or Sales Engineer will contact you to clarify your goals, requirements and tasks to accomplish. This process is very close to business analysis. When the details are agreed with you, a cost estimate and a quotation are prepared.
3. If you accept the quotation, we will prepare a Technical design specification to document scope of work and requirements and conclude an agreement.
4. After we've signed the agreements, we'll assign you a Project Manager who will gather a project team and report on the project progress.
EnCata employs around 30 engineers with Master's and PhD degrees in electrical and industrial design, mechanical engineering, prototyping and manufacturing from European universities. Each employee is an expert in his or her field.
The majority of specialists are of middle or senior levels. Their range of influence is broad enough to encompass the entire new product lifecycle. Our specialists resolve legal and certification difficulties during the concept stage, optimize production costs during the 3D model development process and create necessary documentation for firmware support. Juniors make up only 15% of the team. They constantly upgrade their qualifications under the supervision of seniors.
EnCata is always willing to work with its client. We have everything we need to create a collaborative site. Both parties can work on the project simultaneously. The Customer, for instance, and his/ her team designs the electronics while we work on the enclosure. When teams work together to achieve a fantastic result, it is always a win scenario.
EnCata’s team is always willing to discuss all the necessary details about the project proposed. Our full-fledged team of professionals will interrogate you until both parties are satisfied with the procedures necessary to complete the job.
It certainly can. For any product, EnCata creates a design documentation package and a process documentation package that is suited to the production. It should be noted, however, that the technologists at the customer's chosen plant may make changes or impose their own requirements on the documentation design. EnCata, in turn, makes it easier for the client and the technologist to communicate. EnCata does not mass produce, although it can undertake small-scale production at the request of customers.
Yes. As a highly professional design and engineering firm, we make sure that all discussions with our clients and all information regarding your invention, idea and other proprietary information are kept confidential.
We follow a LEAN approach in product and business development and thus we strongly recommend patent filings only after you are at least part-way through development. This is because patenting is expensive and early patents can already become obsolete or irrelevant later in the development phase. Typically, EnCata's work generates many patentable opportunities for our clients and the best strategy is to file patents at TRL-7, i.e. when early beta prototype is ready and when a startup is ready to start batch production and marketing.There is, however, another strategy, which is to use provisional patents which can be loose and are not to be disclosed to the public for 18 months. These are much less expensive and time consuming, generally costing below $500.
EnCata will always sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and keep your intellectual property confidential during the development phase and then we can recommend several third-party patent attorneys when the time is right.
Our in-house professionals handle almost all electronics work, including interface design, protocol development, communication design, schematic design, PCB Design, Firmware design and battery management. If the Customer requires a service that Encata does not supply, we have partners that can meet that need.
We certainly do. EnCata employs electronics specialists who deal with low-level firmware. We also have experts on staff who can implement high-level software code.
EnCata employs 12 mechanical and industrial designers and 10 electrical engineers with experience in hardware and firmware. Our team consists of middle and senior level engineers, who have 5+ years of field expertise and have already completed more than 300 projects.
We do indeed help with fundraising through our large business network. However, we typically recommend startups to our partner VCs after we have done some work for the startup and learned more about the team and their core technology. This feedback and recommendation is of great value to all of the friendly VCs as it saves them much time and effort for due diligence.