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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.