Industrial and UX design, engineering consultancy in hardware product development. Consultancy in IoT and medical device design. Consumer electronics design. Production equipment and human-machine interfaces.
At our company, everyone is aware that design is one of the key factors in making a successful product. Award-winning industrial design is complemented by sufficient functionality, relevance to the target market, environmental friendliness, safety for users, and compliance with industry trends.
When creating an industrial design, our firm focuses on the aesthetics of appearance and usability as well as how the product will enter the market, where and how it will be manufactured, and how it will be maintained. These details may not be noticeable for users or investors at first sight but will play an essential role in the long run. They will turn your early users into loyal customers, as your product will not let them down in critical situations. Furthermore, they will not disappoint the investors with tremendous start-up bills that could make the repayment of the project unrealistic. Finally, these details will ensure a competitive cost of the product, which will allow you to make a profit even with small volume sales.
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.
We aim to make designs that will benefit people, fulfill a purpose and bring profit to the Client. As a product design company, we invest a lot in industrial design since it highly affects the coming stages in product development. Therefore, the UX design and aesthetics of the product are analyzed for conflicts with technology, both for mass production and the first batch of the product.
The mechanical engineer is in constant communication with the industrial designer, asking the constraints directly, reviewing sketches and conceptual renderings and giving ideas about implementing a particular assembly or design element.
The proof-of-concept stage is a wise start to collaborate with any industrial design firm. The design of a proof-of-concept prototype is not as simple as it can seem at first glance. The key point here is prioritizing functions to be cost-effective. The POC should only confirm the most important requirements and give answers on critical risks.
EnCata helps develop products that exist in real life and interact with users not only through the display interface. Specialists from diverse industries work together on Client’s product. Our team makes sure that all products will work functionally, be competitive, safe, and the product life-cycle complies with the Client’s business model.
Numerical modeling is often used at the beginning of product creation. It helps to take into account external and internal factors that will subsequently affect the developing device. For example, using CFD, we either check enclosure ventilation design or gather data to choose plastic.
The use of Arduino and Raspberry Pi can be attributed to electronic prototype assembling. With these devices, you can develop something functional over just one weekend to start the NPD process. We act as a product design company and develop the PCB for mass production, based on your prototypes.
Using RE gives apparent benefits for any product design company. Since you don’t reinvent the wheel during the design stage, you both save time and reduce costs. However, RE is not a good idea to design the main features of a product. In this case, your product will always fall behind your competitors.
During NPD, it is important to understand what benefits the new product features will give your business, as well as how this will affect the financial performance. Our engineers could conduct a technical analysis of competitors. Meanwhile, our product design consultants would calculate the preliminary financial indicators, for you to be able to make informed decisions along the whole engineering design cycle.
Industrial design is a set of services that EnCata provides as an engineering design agency. It is quite difficult for a small product team to do this. Working with us, the product owner collaborates with designers and engineers. Together they make a 3D product rendering thus preparing the product for prototyping. The technologist will then adapt the first models to create a prototype. The prototype must be inexpensive, but also testable. The prototype or mock-up is used to evaluate the further design and to determine the future of the product. It helps plan efficiently the cost of bringing a product to market without resorting to detailed modeling.
Great design starts with research. A comprehensive study of the product, market, and competitors helps to stay a couple of steps ahead and create a long-term competitive advantage.The next step is concept sketching. Many options are considered before industrial design rendering. It is necessary to find the right shape and ergonomic industrial design. During the UX design phase, a focus group is brought in to get feedback on the product being developed. Many services like concept sketching engineering, 3D product rendering, SolidWorks draft models, and even hand-drawn layouts are used to create mathematical surfaces in a CAD environment that are suitable for prototyping using a variety of technologies. When creating the design we pay a lot of attention to the manufacturability, used materials, and serviceability of the future product.
The last step in the design creation is a detailed elaboration of the 3d-model in the CAD environment. At this stage, successful solutions from previous product iterations are taken into account. Further, Photorealistic images of the future product are created. Finally, designers work through coloristic solutions and refine the choice of materials and surface textures.
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.