EnCata develops custom products of varying complexity. Our team consists of engineers, experts, and researchers in key innovative industries, which allows us to offer a consistent research and development strategy for the Client’s specific needs.
For disruptive hardware products, a solid scientific foundation is vital to occupy a niche in the global market. A scientific approach to development provides reliable data for analysis. Scientific research helps adopt informed strategic decisions during product development. World tech giants create in-house R&D centers, while other companies outsource applied scientific research.
The complex and painstaking work underlies innovations in healthcare, the Internet of Things, agriculture, robotics, and industry. R&D teams are looking for practical answers to complicated questions. Under the roof of our R&D center, we put a team of PhDs, engineers, and researchers together. They are experts in electrical engineering, theoretical and experimental physics, polymer materials, and business development. As a result, EnCata’s team possesses a unique set of knowledge, skills, and expertise, allowing us to provide high-quality R&D consulting.
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.
In an ideal world, creating a new product begins at the Research and Development stage. Product teams often shorten the research stage by magnitude or completely exclude it from the development process. They strive for rapid introduction of a new product to the market but increase risks of failure. EnCata helps eliminate risks and not spend years on R&D.
We use two general approaches in Product research and development at EnCata:
1. New product development. The R&D team evaluates the scientific and production possibilities of the presented idea or concept. Our engineers create a hardware product roadmap. The roadmap milestones and business goals help identify how to achieve the required quality and functionality.
2. Existing product upgrade. Our company modifies the current design using the product testing data obtained with scientific and applied research according to this approach.
EnCata is unique because we have the necessary competencies at all stages of developing a new product. We implement each stage based on a consistent R&D strategy. Regardless of which path you decide to go through - our researchers and engineers will help develop and create additional value for the product based on scientific research.
It is almost impossible to create a unique product using existing technical solutions.Electronic engineers work closely with researchers to formulate and test hypotheses and prepare and conduct experiments. The accumulation of research and engineering experience on the project allows to identify and resolve functional conflicts. The R&D and engineering teams reach the product development goals using the Development Cycle Approach (PDCA).
Any high-quality product begins with a time-appropriate idea. What does it mean? Firstly, the ability to implement the idea in an adequate time frame with an appropriate budget; Secondly, the product idea has a clear additional value for the target users.Research and development allow you to determine the possibility of implementing an idea. In combination with feasibility studies, it explains the adequacy of a future product to the market.
It is the responsibility of the design engineers to adapt the product as a whole or the particular components.Mechanical design goes hand in hand with finding out-of-the-box solutions, and the search is made easier with specific R&D, i.e., applied scientific research on a narrow issue. This allows not to inflate the research and development costs and save time while pursuing your goal.
In some cases, we need to build on existing products on the market at the beginning of development. In this situation, reverse engineering specialists study the products on the market and, together with the researchers, look for opportunities to improve the devices.
RE allows to disassemble a product into its components and identify potential “growth zones” for the product, both at the case level (size, ergonomics) and in functional aspects. Ultimately, disassembling the device makes it possible to determine the directions you need to develop and implement an R&D strategy.
After receiving a positive research result from the R&D team, the next step in product development is Feasibility Studies. Conducting a “feasibility study” of a project is to adapt the research results to the reality of the market, both from the perspective of marketing, economics, logistics, finance and from the point of view of the expectations and needs of the end-user.
The results obtained at the R&D stage make the necessary foundation for conducting high-quality Feasibility Studies.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CDF) - basis on the achievements and discoveries of fundamental and applied scientific research. The scientific base sets the framework for computer simulation, but in some cases, the specifics of the future product forces engineers to look for non-standard solutions. In such a situation, simulation engineers work together with a research team as a part of a unified R&D strategy - they build hypotheses, carry out calculations and, ultimately, adapt the basic methodology to the needs of a particular project.
Encata’s goal is to solve our Client's problems. Some Clients turn to us with requests, which can be summarized as follows: "... we have been working on a project for a year. We have formulated a product concept, prepared technical documentation, finished the design, found contractors to implement the project, but the project was stopped because we were not able to build a prototype that works as the originally planned product... ".
90% of these situations arise because the development team underestimates the importance of the Product R&D phase. Encata’s services are based on the principle of "lean manufacturing", which includes methods like "Just in time", Kanban and PDCA. Applying these methods to R&D allows us to efficiently and “just in time” use our research potential. It ultimately leads to more effective use of the Client's time and money and reduces the likelihood of surprises at later stages of the product development.
Our R&D team, regardless of the industry (healthcare, robotics) and the complexity of your project, will help you implement your idea with excellent efficiency.
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.
Come to EnCata with your CAD to produce parts for your prototype in EnCata. Assemble and test your prototype at our MakeIT Center fablab - we don't charge for the access!
Work that highlights the incredible technologies, solutions, and products EnCata developed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.