Overview
$50 - $99/hr
50 - 249
2014
EnCata is the unique end-to-end product development company and Innovation hub for hardware + software engineering with all in-house design, R&D, and rapid prototyping facilities serving many industries. Why Choose EnCata? 1. Providing REAL estimates and sticking to project timelines; 2. Being cost-effective. Our development location enables us to deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/4 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA; 3.

EnCata is the unique end-to-end product development company and Innovation hub for hardware + software engineering with all in-house design, R&D, and rapid prototyping facilities serving many industries.

Why Choose EnCata?
1. Providing REAL estimates and sticking to project timelines;
2. Being cost-effective. Our development location enables us to deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/4 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA;
3. We are truly unique in having all the design, engineering (mechanical, electrical and manufacturing) and industrial prototyping in-house, under one roof;
4. The IP we generate throughout your project belongs to our you.

EnCata designs anything new: from consumer and IoT products, to robots and medical devices. We support our clients from strategy to execution in creating what is next.

Key Clients

Most of EnCata's Key Clients are confidential but amond the most powerful one are:

  • TheFir.Tech. Fast building construction with an equipped internal environment
    for your production.Fast building construction with an equipped internal environment. Finished building is ready for use in 2 months
  • MakeIT.Center. MakeIT is an automated prototyping platform with all the necessary equipment.
  • BDC. 
us
United States
EnCata
436 Washington Street #2 Wellesley, Massachusetts, , Boston, Massachusetts 02481
9086529704
by
Belarus
EnCata
187 Soltysa St., Minsk, Minsk 220070
+375 (44) 472-50-31
ru
Russia
EnCata
42 B.1 Bol'shoj bul'var, Innovation Center "Skolkovo", Moskva, Moskva 143026
+7 (905) 697-14-71
Focus Area
Service Focus
  • Engineering Services
  • IoT Development
  • Robotic Process Automation
  • Other Services
  • Software Development
  • Big Data & BI
  • IT Services
34%
16%
14%
10%
10%
8%
8%
Client Focus
  • Small Business(< $10M)
  • Medium Business($10M - $1B)
60%
40%
Industries Focus
  • Manufacturing
  • Enterprise
  • Productivity
  • Healthcare & Medical
  • Startups
40%
20%
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10%
10%
Customer Reviews
4.9 (5 Reviews)

Mechanical Development of Large Scale Industrial IOT Sensor that Withstands Harsh Environment

Jens Voges
2 months ago
This is the second project I've worked on with EnCata and I continue to be impressed. The first project was electrical and firmware engineering intensive and this one was mostly mechanical in nature. In both cases, EnCata delivered solid engineering work, which is a testament to the breadth and depth of their capabilities.

On this most recent project, we developed a large and complex IOT sensor assembly that is used in a harsh environment. We collaborated with EnCata entirely remotely. Although most of their engineers don't speak English fluently, their project managers do. We were able to rapidly brainstorm and evaluate different design concepts during the initial exploration phase. We chose two fundamentally different approaches and detailed them sufficiently to quote with potential contract manufacturers. We then selected a final configuration that we are now taking to production.
Pros :
  • EnCata's designs receive limited DFM feedback from manufacturers. Encata's engineers have extensive fabrication process knowledge.
  • EnCata's value is hard to beat. Not only are their rates relatively low, but they are really fast at what they do.
  • The teams are always very responsive to our feedback. They are always pleasant to work with.
Cons :
  • Shipping prototypes to and from EnCata can be a little cumbersome, but they easily make up for that with the speed of the rest of their services.
Project Details
Next Generation IOT Sensor Assembly
Engineering Services
$10001 to $50000
Completed
We worked together with EnCata to develop the mechanical design of a complex industrial sensor that is used in a harsh environment. EnCata designed the product from concept through production.
2 months ago
  • Scheduling & Timeline
  • Value for money
  • Communication
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10 User Score
User Recommendation Score

Fabrication of a large electromechanical appliance.

F
posted on 20/3/20
I selected EnCata after researching about 50 firms globally from Japan to San Diego. Eventually my decision was driven by the availability of in-house design and fabrication capabilities and by costs. While other firms may have one but not the others, EnCata has both under the same roof, which allowed me to prototype very quickly. You can literally walk from the engineering department to the manufacturing shop. It’s amazing.

The team at EnCata is skilled across the entire manufacturing spectrum, including electronic design, mechanical design, simulation, programming, DFM, and so forth. Their manufacturing capabilities are also broad rather than specialized, which is what you need for prototyping.

Cost-wise they are competitive with other locations, but you get what you pay for, in the sense that you will face some challenges. Travelling to Minsk is not as easy as to other locations and there are challenges (a visa in my case), but mostly the language, since English is not widely spoken. To me this was the biggest challenge. Also, since most parts must be imported, there is also a time, cost, and permit challenge here, since it takes time, money, and in some cases permits, to import components.

One of their best advantages is that they are committed to the project. They will get out of their way, every time, to support your project. I can honestly say they are really great. They really want to see you succeed and also want to succeed themselves. This will depend also on how committed you are to the project. One should not expect a project to progress fast while talking to them in remote. I think you really need to be on the ground in Minsk, overseeing things, and pushing the project. At least this was my experience. They are also quite accommodating and understanding, since I am not an easy person to work with – since I am very demanding – but they still put up with me, which speaks a lot for their patience (thank you Vadim! – and sorry for the pressure at times!)

Some manufacturing costs for prototyping can be a bit expensive there, e.g. milling, which I mitigated with off-shore milling services (China).

They are also a nice bunch of guys and girls to hang out with. They will show you their city, which is very lovely, and make you feel very welcome. They basically allow you into their house, which speaks a lot about their hospitality! I think I may have made some friends there too!

So, overall, I think my decision to work with EnCata was correct, and trust me, I did a ton of research, so you are benefiting my from work 😉

I wish to have another opportunity to work with them again.

Francesco Lo Conte
Piston Vault - https://pistonvault.com/
Project Details
Engineering Services
posted on 20/3/20
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Really happy with the engagment with Encata

Antonio Terreno
posted on 10/2/20
I've been lucky enough to work with Encata for a hardware (IOT) problem we had.
They are professional, quick, honest and respected the timelines we set finishing the project on time and budget. Very helpful in further conversations, I do look forward to doing more business with them.

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

Skills, professionalism, honesty

What was it about the company that you didn't like which they should do better?

Nothing I can think of right now

Project Details
Engineering Services
$0 to $10000
posted on 10/2/20
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My experiance with encata

Mohammed ALSaidi
posted on 3/2/20
I was working with encata for new development project. Encata team were cooperative with dynamic creativity

What is it about the company that you appreciate the most?

working environment

Project Details
Other Services
$10001 to $50000
posted on 3/2/20
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Great team.

Samed Yusifov
posted on 30/1/20
Great team. Large portfolio of projects. They work quickly and efficiently.
Project Details
Engineering Services
posted on 30/1/20
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Executive Interview
Dr. Peter Dudin
Dr. Peter Dudin
CEO, EnCata
Kindly share your feedback on how GoodFirms has been doing so far in increasing your visibility among potential clients.
So far we have been very pleased with the outreach we’ve had with Goodfirms. It is a good support for our marketing activities and with some of our clients leaving reviews on GF, potential customers see the proof. 
We know we are a unique company for hardware development, since we have all the design, engineering and prototype manufacturing in-house. With this interview I wanted to highlight this uniqueness and reach out to those looking for professional and affordable engineering services such as EnCata offers.

We would like to continue working with GF and kindly ask our customers to leave reviews on the platform. We also keen on the be recognised as a unique player in IoT/hardware/deeptech development which also has software development capabilities (which rare if not unseen).
Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company?
EnCata is the end-to-end product development company, R&D center and private incubation Technopark dedicated for hardware + software engineering with all in-house design, R&D, and rapid prototyping capabilities. 
EnCata works with startups, SMEs and corporate sector in effort of bulding software, IoT and physical products for a range of verticals.  EnCata employs NASA’s Technology Readiness Level (TRL) methodology to manage R&D and new product development lifecycle. Our one-stop-shop new product development service and expertise in sciences enables EnCata to tackle multidisciplinary projects, perform technology transfer, R&D, early stage product development and deliver bespoke designs and engineering solutions in hardware & software. We employ thorough LEAN development and manufacturing process, following Agile methodology.

EnCata is the independent design house, and the entire business model is based on delivering premium R&D, design and industrial prototyping services to our clients. Importantly, 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.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
The story of EnCata goes back to 2006 when Oleg Kondrashov (CEO and initial founder) registered the engineering manufacturing company under the name of BDC-Air (short from Belarus Device Construction). BDC-Air currently produces and sells a wide range of industrial filters and custom industrial equipment and is the largest supplier of Industrial air purification/filtration units in the Eastern Bloc Countries.

Starting from 2012 BDC was involved in industrial IoT and automation projects and some large R&D projects were launched in IC design/power electronics and industrial IoT. So in 2014/2015 we decided to expand our operations and started offering engineering, R&D and new product development services and founded EnCata (Engineering Catalyst). Soon we realized that we want to create a holistic ecosystem for IoT, hardware and tough-tech startups, as the mission of EnCata is to “catalyse” R&D and hardware product development process and help with expertise, advice and the network. In the past 5 years in EnCata we worked with over 100 various startups (domestic and international) engaged in IoT, biotech, medtech, M-IoT, medical devices, robotics, aerospace, materials/nanotech, electric transport and deeptech.

Understanding the startups/product lifecycle we expanded our design and manufacturing facilities and opened a brand new fablab MakeIT Center, where startups can rent the equipment and office space and build their POC and advances prototypes themselves, renting advanced CNC machinery (pay per minute of use). In 2018 we have become the private technopark adding institution capacity to the hardware/deeptech ecosystem of EnCata.
What is your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
All our R&D, engineering design, software development and prototype manufacturing happening in-house. Although we have world best facilities and amazing set of machinery, tools and experienced design team, we work with some third party vendors and outsourcing companies. As such, have technology partners (e.g. SORACOM, STM, NXP) that provide us with the latest hardware component base and development kits; we have some partners for software development in the USA and Eastern Bloc; and we outsource some manufacturing (e.g. PCB batch- and mass-production, large fiberglass units, and some technology-specific manufacturing, e.g. friction welding or CNC routing of some large metal parts with dimensions exceeding 24 inches).
How is your business model beneficial from a value addition perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
We employ a typical engineering / software consultancy model where much value is added with much effort on the future product and its main features. However the major advantage is in having all in-house Hardware + Software design + advanced prototyping and manufacturing capabilities – something one can hardly find elsewhere (there are typically design houses who outsource software development, manufacturing, or OEM/ODM vendors that unable to run R&D projects and/or have problems with IP ownership). 
With that said, we must highlight our competitive pricing (compared to the Bay Area or East coast): since we are based in E. Europe, we can provide our premium services at least at  1/3 of the price compared to domestic design consultancies. 
Aside from this, EnCata offers a whole hardware ecosystem where startups can move quickly and established companies can accelerate their R&D from the very early stages and new product development programs. All this unparalleled rapidness is due to our LEAN and standardized development and manufacturing process.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive?
•    IoT: consumer IoT, industrial IoT (IIOT), Medical IoT (M-IoT)
•    Robotics
•    Electric transport
•    Deeptech & sciences
•    Aerospace
•    Consumer and wearables
•    Advanced manufacturing and industrial automation
•    Air purification / filtration and PPE
•    Construction
Mention the objectives or the parameters critical in determining the time frame of developing software.
SOFTWARE & HARDWARE
We always start project from the discovery phase. Running discovery phase with EnCata allows one to develop a robust estimation for the project and the SOW and/or SRS (software requirements specification. The discovery lasts somewhere between 2 and 8 weeks and it allows our clients to do derisking of their project and carefully plan their budget and timelines.
The discovery phase costs from 5 to 10% of the total project cost.
Discovery phase is typically run by the technical / business analysts together with senior-level engineers (architects). And in some cases it allows to save up to 50% on the future development and implementation.

Once project proceeds into development, project milestones are monitored with certain agility achieved with 2-3 week sprints and short retrospectives at the end of each sprit. This applies to both hardware and software projects.
How much effort in terms of time goes into developing the front end and back end of software?
This really depends on the project. A good practice to develop front-end design mockups during the discovery phase, which allows describing the new product/feature logics and paves the way for backend development.

In IoT project a lot more work done on the back end and with the cloud. While mobile and web development projects can be equal in front vs backend efforts.
What concerns embedded systems, firmware and APIs – it is usually whole “sort of back-end” development, unless a GUI exists.
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right framework for developing software?
We typically advice our clients use the latest technologies. Sometimes budget is a significant consideration and some technologies offer lower development, support and maintenance costs.
Which languages & frameworks do you prefer to use in development of software?
We work with Php, C#/C++, Java, JS and React JS, Node JS, Python
In hardware it is a selection of technologies, such as 
•    STM 32, NXP chips, Nordic chips, Texas Instruments (TI), 8/16/32 bit MCU, PID controllers, PLC / HMI. 
•    Wireless systems:  Bluetooth® (BT) & LBE,   Wi-Fi/WLAN (802.11), RFID, NFC
•    LoRa WAN, Z-Wawe, ZigBee protocols. Cellular: 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, GPRS;  GPS / Beidou / GLONASS
•    NB-IoT,  LTE Cat-M; Interfaces: USB, SPI/SSP, I2C, LVDS, RS232/485, SD/SDHC/MMC, Ethernet, PoE, 1-Wire, CAN, I2S, AC97;
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of software?
Any new project is unique, thus cost of software development can be just estimated from our previous experience and thorough product/feature decomposition. Thus the final cost of software is determined by the development and management hours incurred, i.e. we employ time+materials or dedicated teams approach. This is especially true for large projects which should must agility and room flexibility, in order to deliver good quality software. 
Some fixed price contracts take place, but they fit only small projects, or projects with detailed plan, strict delivery dates and very well defined requirements.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)
We either use T+M billint, or dedicated teams billed on a monthly basis. This means our clients client typically makes monthly payments based on hours engineers spent developing software or hardware.

Same applies for hardware projects with the difference that there are components and materials to be procured; and machine time (especially CNC machinery) billed separately from engineering hours.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
Sometimes we take on small consultancy projects billed by time&materials which is the case with some startup that develop their hardware and software projects in-house and they need design or code revision from time to time.
With respect to manufacturing and prototyping we can also take small projects  and charge on a T+M basis, providing just a quick ball-park estimation prior to the start.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2019?
In 2019 we had different project: from hardware & and software consultancy projects as small as $5000 to some large projects totalling $1.1 mn.
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