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?

Proof of concept (PoC, also we say Product Proof of Concept) is a demonstration of the practical implementation of any method, idea, technology, feasibility in order to prove the fact that the method, idea or technology works. The demonstration involves building a small prototype, prototype model, mathematical or computer model, which are not necessarily full-fledged products.

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

40+ 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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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.

Design Engineering

Full cycle product development services

PoC project begins when you start to prove yourselves and your stakeholders that ideas actually can be done. We help to change a basic understanding of how those potentially could be brought into life.

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

Reverse Engineering

If there is a 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. And still reverse-engineering also involves a proof-of-concept stage to show its potential and feasibility in real-world settings.The moment you understand how our 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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Idea & Concept Development

The initial stage in product development is coming up with ideas and concepts. A proof of concept can occur in parallel with the ideation phase of a project. The POC prototype is still before extensive design and engineering work begins on the project but nevertheless has some visual representation of how the concept works, because it consists of a relatively simple and undeveloped version of the desired final product.

The proof-of-concept stage helps to validate assumptions about different product ideas and illustrate that a new product or idea can be successful.

FEA and CFD simulations

Industrial Design

Soon after a proven concept, you'll come to the conclusion that your product needs 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 you need an industrial design for your product, which can 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. Then you can test the developed design by adding different features and developing design solutions in the model.

Custom electronics design

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 a device concept, we don't fight in your product for idea vs concept features.

We clearly understand what and why the proof of concept prototype tests at every level in a given time period.

Firmware development

Low volume Manufacturing

Although your product has long passed the proof of concept model stage, it should now be tested by real users. It ensures 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 full production of a new product.

Mechanical Engineering

We help to develop products that exist in the real world and have a physical form. It is impossible to produce a mass-produced product without testing it beforehand,validating the concept, which shows that a product can be made. To improve the viability of the prototype it is necessary to spend a lot of time and effort on designing different small details, improving the layout of the main assemblies, and using non-standard solutions.

This all happens at the stage of mechanical engineering where is shown how prototype was made.

Design Engineering

Electrical Engineering & Custom Electronics Development Services

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.

How to start a Product Development with EnCata?

Product Development Technology Stack

PCBA design

PCB board design: Analog, digital, optical, and RF design

Battery management icon

3D modeling and assemblies
Molding in silicone forms  

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

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Reverse engineering
RF Simulations

wireless interfaces design

Technology and production processes

Custom electronics design

Physical algorithms development

Arduino family
Raspberry family

Cellular: 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, GPRS
GPS / Beidou /
NB-IoT,  LTE Cat-M


PID controllers
Physical algorithms 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.

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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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