EnCata is an engineering service company. If you have the product concept or an already tested proof-of-concept prototype, we will do the necessary calculations, design a 3D model, and prepare drawings for manufacturing.
EnCata helps develop products, which exist in real life and interact with users not only through the display interface. Specialists from different mechanical engineering industries work together. Our team makes sure that products will work functionally, be competitive and safe. The product life-cycle complies with the client’s business model.
EnCata develops products not only for mass production. Our engineers frequently take part in development of custom technical solutions. These are the production process automation lines, custom testing and scientific equipment. Such technical solutions can be designed and developed once, but will serve you for a long time.
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.
Our engineers will examine your project, taking into account the reproducibility and manufacturability. Initially, we will develop a 3D model and make drawings based on your sketches to digitize your idea. We will then help you to select materials and off-the-shelf components to comply with your requirements. The next step is to adjust your ideas to safety standards and best engineering practices. Lastly, we will take into account the manufacturing process and develop CAD files. If you have a prototype, we are ready to inspect it and consult you on design upgrading or extending its functionality.
The mechanical CAD is closely related to industrial design.
Smart industrial design helps products to be commercially successful and beat competitors. The main effort here is to find balance. Consumers should use products properly and enjoy their appearance. On the other hand, the design should be effective in terms of mass-production.
The enclosure is one of the most common objects for mechanical design. We prefer to work on enclosure design holistically.
A significant part of the mechanical design is related to the placement and attachment of the parts inside. It helps to build a better enclosure for the product.
Using reverse engineering gives obvious benefits. You are not reinventing the wheel during the mechanical design stage, which saves you both time and reduces the costs.
Reverse engineering is not a good idea for the main product features. In this case, your product will always end up behind the competitors.
Mechanical design of a proof-of-concept prototype is not a simple task as it can seem at first glance. The key point here is prioritizing functions to be cost-effective.
The POC should confirm only the most important requirements and give answers on critical risks.
Preparation of CAD files is a standardized procedure. However, experience and collaboration help save time and money.
Necessary equipment and tooling, COGS and lead time could be highly affected by the several numbers in the mechanical drawings of your product.
In our team, we have mechanical and electronics engineers working under one roof. It helps us to consider heat dissipation, antenna arrangement, condensation in the enclosure, convenience of assembly of electronic and mechanical parts, and wiring.
Often our Clients already have a well-developed business concept, as well as a vision for the functionality and design of their new product. The Client has already built their first prototype to validate the underlying technology or key feature of the device, but the prototype is unstable and does not look like the designer's renderings. At this stage, Clients use standard components: gears, batteries, enclosures, etc. Therefore, the price, weight, and dimensions of the prototype are far from what the user and the Client's business need.
To increase the stability of the prototype and improve its consumer characteristics, it is necessary to spend a lot of time and effort to rectify various small details, improve the layout of the main assemblies, and use non-standard solutions. Our mechanical engineers can help your development team with it. In this case, our Client can focus on the key features, and the engineering details of the project will be worked out on our side.
Our team has experience in developing products from scratch to a pre-production sample. Thus, you can turn to us at any life-cycle stage of your product.
EnCata can provide your startup with an end-to-end product development service in both hardware and software domains, coupled with outstanding in-house prototyping facilities.
Turn to EnCata if you need our premium 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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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.
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.