Noca Labs is a small product development company owned and managed by Patrick Dingle in Winchester, Massachusetts. Founded in 2014 in North Cambridge (hence "Noca"), we provide comprehensive product engineering services to bring innovative hardware concepts to reality. Patrick and his team of contractors are experts in automation, industrial products, IoT and consumer devices. Innovators rely on Noca Labs to fully own their hardware development, and partner with Noca to assist with specific subsystems or key components.
We believe in an integrated and concurrent approach to engineering starting with careful consideration of product architecture. Subsystems such as electronics, packaging, and actuation are considered and designed in parallel by a small and close-knit team of engineers, to avoid artificial design constraints and costly redesign cycles. Design for manufacturing and quality metrics are considered at every step of the design process. Rapid prototyping allows our team to quickly validate form, fit, and function, and our manufacturing experts can help you make all the key sourcing and tooling decisions needed scale the product to any quantity.
Patrick was the first Mechanical Engineer hired by Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon.com in 2012). During his seven years at Kiva, Patrick played key roles defining the hardware architecture of its mobile robots with the goal of maximizing total value for its customers. He played key roles in actuator selection and design, detailed mechanical design, industrial design, battery design, design for manufacturing, and on automated charging solutions. Additionally, he spent two years in program management leading new product introduction to bring its low-cost, high volume mobile robots to mass production for Amazon.com.
Prior to founding Noca Labs, Patrick Dingle was Director of Engineering at Empire Robotics. At Empire, Patrick led a small team of engineers and interns to bring an innovative robotic gripper from prototype to production. This "soft robotics" end effector is capable of conforming to the shape of arbitrary objects, whereafter air is vacuumed from within the gripper membrane to solidify a grasp on the object. Patrick and his team executed all aspects of the product design as well as managing supply chain.