Electrical engineering services

EnCata provides services in PCB design and industrial electrical engineering. We design and manufacture a PCB, develop firmware and IoT architecture, design an automation system, and program a controller. We also design a power supply system for a robot, IoT-based device, or battery management system for a drone at your request.

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Custom electronic design services

Custom electronic design is a significant part of engineering services provided by our company. We provide electronic product design consulting services from TRL-3 to TRL-8. Our team could be your experienced and effective electronic design consultant. We have taken part in custom electronic product design and manufacturing from over 20 industries.

Our engineers develop PCBs with communication modules, power electronics and battery management systems, industrial automation, and build internet of things networks. We work with main IoT cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, GCP, and more.

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.

Electronics product design

Electronic product design services are a part of our holistic approach to new product development. At EnCata, electrical engineering projects are supported by mechanical engineers, procurement managers, and simulation engineers. The team focuses on the global goal, but not on the narrow task. Use cases and maintenance processes, components sourcing, overheating and complying standards are in the focus.

Our electronic design services include custom PCB design, POC development, testing particular units or features, manufacturing of the final PCB, and uploading firmware on it. As a result, we get a fully functional electronic module or internet of things device and a set of documents for mass production.

Firmware development

Modern smart devices can not operate without firmware. Our company works at all stages of electronic design. We prefer to use C designing firmware for simple devices and we like to use Linux Embedded for the development of multifunctional devices. Our engineers worked a lot with internet of things connectivity issues and devices.

Enclosure Design

Electronic design and manufacturing are closely related to the development of the device enclosure. Sometimes protection from humidity and dust requires complex sealing contours. Connectors and buttons make it difficult to seal. We design enclosures with several sealing circuits, we can work with compounds for sealing electronics.

Proof-of-Concept Prototyping

Our experience shows it is always better to test an important hypothesis for a product as early as possible. The development of POC electronics is different from the development of a final PCB. It is critical to understand both the business objectives and basic engineering principles, as well as the skill to carry out experiments.

Manufacturing Support & Sourcing

We do not produce PCBs by the thousands, but we can recommend a manufacturing company for your electronics ready for mass production. We will assign an electronic design consultant who takes care of communicating with the manufacturer. Some components may become outdated and even be discontinued. Some changes could be requested by the OEM. We will adapt the PCB design, BOM, drilling scheme, and Gerber files.

Product R&D 

Often, the custom electronic design requires R&D services before the engineering stage. It is almost impossible to make a new product with unique properties based on old technical solutions. It is important to make a clear plan that coincides with the goals of the product. As a result, the research will not turn into a nightmare for the budget.

Feasibility Studies

Before hiring electronic engineering or product design companies, it is important to understand the new product or financial performance features. Our engineers conduct a technical analysis to understand what level of technology is needed to gain a competitive advantage. Our business analysts calculate the financial indicators for informed decisions about  the start of a project.

Electrical system design

Our company is used to following the proven electronic design process despite the diversity of electrical systems. We start with requirements elicitation to discover must-have features and consider possible use cases. Then, the lead engineer builds the structural diagram and creates the draft bill of materials. The procurement engineer checks the market availability of the components.

The lead engineer adjusts the PCB design and approves the BOM with a product owner. Then we buy the components and build a mock-up to test step-by-step features and components. At the same time, we work on the firmware, make simulations using electrical engineering design software and consult with mechanical designers. Usually, 2 or 3 iterations are necessary to obtain PCB ready for mass production.

Electrical design services at EnCata

Engineering electronics changes greatly every year. 5 years ago, the majority of our customers asked us to implement their prototype on an Arduino or Raspberry, and then transfer that prototype to one board and configure data transmission over Wi-Fi.Now we design embedded electronics based on multilayer PCBs with high-performance processors, complex energy management systems. BLE, LoRa, or NB-IoT have become the main technologies that our customers ask to use in their products.

If your goal is to create a fabrication line or a system for automating some physical process in your company, then we can select the necessary executive mechanism and sensors based on your business requirements. We can further choose a suitable controller and program it, creating an HMI that will suit your employees or end-users.If you are developing a new product that should collect data about the environment or user behavior, then most likely you have formulated requirements for sensors and other interfaces that interact with the user. If not, it can be easily done by analyzing user stories. You can choose the elements that will perform the main function of your device.

However, for the device to work stably and for a long time, it is necessary to design and debug all auxiliary electrical systems: IoT architecture, power supply, data storage, processing, and transmission. This is often not the easiest task. We usually solve such issues at the stage of electronics prototyping. Step by step, we find answers to the questions on the shelf of the concept verification stage. As a result, we get a printed circuit board with full functionality. The result is a PCB ready for tests in real conditions with real users.

Product Development Technology Stack

PCBA design

PCB board design: Analog, digital, optical, and RF design
Board layout: mixed signal / high speed / high layer count
Flex-PCB design

Battery management icon

Battery management systems (BMS)
AC/DC and DC/DC design for high battery life

Electronic circuit design and schematic capture
Design for manufacturability/testability (DFM/DFT)

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

Arduino family
Raspberry family

Cellular: 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, GPRS
GPS / Beidou /
NB-IoT,  LTE Cat-M

PID ICON

PID controllers
PLC / HMI
Physical algorithms development

FPGA design

FPGA development
RTL coding and FPGA simulations, synthesis, place and route

ico IC design

IC design & Power electronics
Invertors and solar power management

interfaces electronics

Interfaces: USB, SPI/SSP, I2C, LVDS, RS232/485, SD/SDHC/MMC, Ethernet, PoE, 1-Wire, CAN, I2S, AC97

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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