Lean Production Philosophy
We have introduced our own multidimensional design philosophy based on Lean Production (Toyota Production System), TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving by G. Altshuller for searching best solutions), and uncertainty management system and flow production principles. Only people with certain principles who share our philosophy, culture and passion for development make it to our team. Our philosophy helped us to erase barriers between people to save time we could have spent in vain.
We have automatized all development and prototyping processes which could be automatized, and increased their transparency. We have integrated PDM and ERP systems. As a result, we save time on simple operations and reduce human factor impact, as well as prevent losses and leaks of information.
Visualization and process transparency
We adhere to the principle that every important process shall be transparent. We have offices with walls made of glass, there are almost no shelves and cabinets to hide something, and tools are labeled and properly stored. With all our processes exposed, no error could go unnoticed and harm future product.
We integrate comprehensive and deep standardization of all development and production processes based on our own errors and success. We integrated Lean Production philosophy and standards, ISO 9001. You can predict and understand results of our work at any stage. At the same time, standards are flexible - any employee can propose and introduce changes to any standard.
Our engineering competences
We have accumulated vast engineering knowledge, as well as the database of designers and scientists we invite to our projects, if our knowledge seems to be not enough to fulfill our task. This is how our basic technical expertise looks like. This list is quite nominal, as it doesn’t show all our skills, limited only by the expertise of international engineering and scientific community and includes fields from nanotechnologies and microelectronics to large-scale industrial automation and airspace technologies.
We combine competences and experience in four different fields that are not usually found in one place:Technical and scientific expertise (your project is set up and managed at different levels by people with deep understanding of particular technical and scientific domain, people with great experience in science, engineering and management);Design engineering competences(our design portfolio includes dozens of projects that are successfully implemented as fully-functioning mechatronic prototypes);Production expertise(we have launched from scratch several manufacturing business);Venture capital expertise(we are experts in valuation of the project at pre-seed and seed stage, thereby helping startups with raising capital at further stages and advising them on finance-related topics).This is how we help people to entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and get them to full-scale production and launch hi-tech businesses. All this we call 'Engineering Catalyst'.
Knowledge & Technology transfer
We have erased barriers between designers, process engineers and production to significantly improve efficiency of our work and quality of our products. EnCata designers spent up to 20% of their work time in workshops, because what they are doing is real projects, not castles in the air. Another 20% are spent on education and communication in project teams. We work actively with students in higher education institutions and young scientists. Without continuous training of our design and production staff, educating young engineers and researchers and improving universal competences and multidimensional profiles of our employees, EnCata schemes would have been impossible to fulfill.
Fast project delivery
We ensure the shortest lead time by smooth and standardized work, barrier-free environment and parallel designing technologies. Standard term is 4-12 weeks for average-scale projects. On today’s global market, when product lifetime is only 2-3 years, high speed of design is an indispensable requirement for higher efficiency of the project and return of investment.
Efficient team work
We have gathered all our designers and prototype production means in one place - here they are divided only by glass. We spend minimum time on relocation and transportation. With all that, our R&D center works smoothly and efficiently as one body, the system with no barriers or borders between its elements. Example: a designer spends about 20% in a workshop, as he/she participates in assembly of its product, erasing the barrier between designer and production staff. We also use parallel design, when PDM systems and special process management on one project ensure simultaneous work of several designers.