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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.