Digital transformation services

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.

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Digital Transformation: Introduction

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 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.

60+ Engineers

We act as your extended R&D team which is faster than hiring engineers locally. The breadth of our technical expertise is unique.

Development Speed

Our dedicated team is ready to scale up quickly. We utilize AGILE lean development process that leads to 30-50% faster delivery.

Burn rate

Cost-effectiveness

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.

Digital Transformation process

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.

Rapid Prototyping

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. 

Low volume Manufacturing

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?

Custom electronics design

Electrical Engineering

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.

Proof of Concept

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.

Feasibility Studies

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.

Firmware Development

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.

Digital Transformation Solution from EnCata

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.

Industrial Transformation Technology Stack

PCBA design

IoT
IIoT
Artificial Inteligence 

Battery management icon

Machine Learning
AI
API Based Integration

Mobile
Cloud
Robotics
Additive Manufacturing

iora wan

LoRa WAN
Z-Wawe
ZigBee

wireless interfaces design

Wireless systems:  Bluetooth® (BT) & LBE,  Wi-Fi/WLAN (802.11), RFID, NFC

Custom electronics design

STM 32,  NXP chips, Nordic chips, Texas Instruments (TI)
8/16/32 bit MCU development

Engagement Models

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.

Some hardware Projects we delivered

Work that highlights the incredible technologies, solutions, and products EnCata developed.

Industries We serve

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.

FAQ related to Product development

IP ownership when working with EnCata

When working with our clients we sign a contract where all the intellectual property to be generated during the R&D and engineering development belongs to the customer.

Do you sign NDAs?

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.

How do I make sure EnCata does not "steal" my idea?

Aside from being a reputable company which does not steal ideas, EnCata's entire business model is based on delivering premium R&D, design and industrial prototyping services to our clients. As soon as we stole one client’s idea, our entire business would be ruined. Also, as we are not contract manufacturers (OEM or ODM), we wouldn’t be able to benefit from a stolen idea even if we wanted to.  This is definitely not a worry for our clients.

Patent or Develop first?

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.

Can EnCata consult me or help me with my existing design?

Whether you need to validate, evaluate or review your design, concept, 3D model, BOM or drawings, our experienced manufacturing, mechanical and electronics engineers are ready to help.

EnCata’s engineering consultancy service will allow you to critically reassess your project and help reach your goals while keeping the process cost-effective. To read more about the TRL and learn why it is useful, please procees to our blog.

What are typical project EnCata engaged with?

EnCata develops integrated Hardware and Software solutions for a variety of industries. We are engaged in multiple domains like IoT, robotics, medTech and IoMT, aerospace, agriculture, consumer products and many others. It is possible to work with such a wide variety of industries because we have multidomain expertise and utilize a cross-disciplinary product development approach.

I would like to do prototyping myself. Is it possible with EnCata?

Generally speaking, we do not allow clients to work on EnCata's manufacturing premises.

What does work, however, is that EnCata can manufacture prototype parts and the startup team can assemble thea prototype in our MakeIT Center hackerspace.  Alternatively, the startup can design and build the prototype themselves in our hackerspace.  We operate this free-access space in Minsk and we are currently working on expanding a hackerspace network worldwide.

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