POC Proof-of-concept development services

EnCata can help your project to pass the stage of Proof-of-Concept. It is feasible due to the presence of world-class in-house industrial prototyping facilities, which can be used at the stage of proof of concept definition.

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What is proof of concept?

We define proof of concept as a demonstration of the practical implementation of any method, idea, technology or feasibility in order to prove the fact that the method, idea or technology works. The demonstration involves building a small prototype, a test sample and a mathematical or a computer model, which are not necessarily full-fledged products.

This is exactly what distinguishes a proof of concept from a minimum viable product. Proof of concept confirms and shows that the idea can be done and has the potential to keep on going in this direction.

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.

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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.

Proof-of-concept development as a foundation

A PoC project begins when you start to prove to yourself and your stakeholders that ideas can, indeed, be turned into a reality. We help change a basic understanding of how those potentially could be brought into reality. A PoC development process can last from weeks to months.

When testing your proof of concept in technology, or generally in the hardware development process, the PoC can be used as a tangible way to help identify any unforeseen risks in the production. At this point, the proof of concept model shows the feasibility of the most innovative part of your idea.

Reverse Engineering

If you need to save time on developing the basic functionality of a device, reverse engineering can help. Due to its relatively simple implementation, it helps to focus on a new functionality or improvement of the user characteristics of an existing product.

Reverse-engineering still involves a proof-of-concept stage, to show its potential and feasibility in real-world settings.The moment you understand how your competitor's product works, or at least get a basic assumption, you need to assemble a model of your device and test the approach.

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Feasibility Studies

Proof of concept prototyping is based on the roadmap that was developed during the Feasibility Study. It helps us structure our approach to testing the feasibility of developed ideas. By assessing the technical level of the product beforehand, and making the concept of a device, we will not create an "idea vs concept features" situation, but we will include both aspects. We are always observant and meticulous to how, and why, all proof of concept prototype tests are carried out. We clearly understand what and why is being tested at the proof of concept stage at a certain period of time. This gives us an insight into the definition of a proof of concept in this project.

FEA and CFD simulations

Industrial Design

Soon after a proven concept, you will realize that your product needs to have an attractive design. The design should not only be attractive in physical form, but the developed product should also be user-friendly with the expected feature set. It means that you will need an industrial design for your product, which can, for instance, be a 3d model. It will help you wrap your previously tested ideas and solutions into a rudimentary product, and create the physical shape and size for it. You can, then, test the developed product by adding different features and developing design solutions in the model.

Custom electronics design

Idea & Concept Development

The initial stage of product development is to come up with the idea itself, but coming up with an idea can go in parallel with doing a proof of concept of it. In other words, you come up with an idea - you test it out. If it does not work, you come up with a new one and test it out as well, etc. The proof of concept model is done before the extensive design and engineering work begins, but nevertheless has some visual representation of how the concept works, since it consists of a relatively simple and undeveloped version of the desired final product. The PoC stage helps to validate assumptions about different product ideas and illustrate that a new product or idea can be successful.

Firmware development

Low volume Manufacturing

Although your product has long since passed the proof of concept model stage, it should now be tested by real users. It will ensure that the product will indeed function properly upon a full rollout. Batch prototypes are usually tested on a small segment of the company's customer base.

Low volume Manufacturing is a more advanced phase of testing than both proof of concept and prototyping. It is, in fact, the final testing phase before beginning a full production of a new product.

Mechanical Engineering

We help develop products that already exist on the market and have a physical form. It is impossible to produce a mass-produced product without testing it beforehand and validating the concept.

To improve the viability of the prototype it is necessary to spend time and effort on designing different small details, improving the layout of the main assemblies, and using non-standard solutions. At the mechanical engineering stage it is shown how a prototype was made.

Keep in mind the difference "can be done" vs. "how it's done"

We're sure you don't want to stop your project just at the idea stage. You may have a vision for the functionality and design of a new product, based on conceptual solutions and product requirements. But we should always remember that there is a difference between "can be done" vs. "how it's done". Proof of concept development is used to check if something can be technically created.

To move the project forward you need a working idea, so the main task at this stage is to refute or uphold some theses. EnCata engineers can help your development team with this. In this case, you focus on new ideas, technologies and methods for the product, and we in turn verify technical possibilities and solutions.

Product Development Technology Stack

3D modeling and assemblies
3D-printing

3D modeling and assemblies
Molding in silicone forms  

PCB  prototypes
Design for manufacturability/testability (DFM/DFT)

Reverse engineering
RF Simulations

wireless interfaces design

Technology and production processes
Test, Refine And Improve

Physical algorithms development
Product development

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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