Bleeding-Edge Design and Development

SKA is an engineering and design firm that helps companies build products which require advanced skills on a semi-regular basis. SKA specializes in new product development. Specifically, we develop mechatronic systems, and design physical and digital user experiences. We focus on the ideation, design, development, prototype, and light-manufacturing stages of the product lifecycle.

Serious Client Service

From our first conversation, SKA’s account managers strive to understand your company's culture and vision so that we can function as a seamless extension of your team. We provide options at every project milestone to make sure that the work we are doing is exactly in-line with what you want. We return calls and emails promptly.  

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Elite Talent In Proven Teams

The heart of SKA is the passionate, reliable, and dedicated individuals who work together to build your product. We maintain pools of engineers and designers who enjoy tackling the most challenging aspects of the product development cycle. Many of us have been working together for years. Our culture promotes fluidity, collaboration, and ownership of the work. Our personnel have round-the-clock access to the mood-rooms, shop tools, and electronics facilities so we can rapidly iterate new concepts and designs until we get it right.

 

No Dead Weight

We are serious about providing our clients with value. When we first sit down with a client we bring versatile and knowledgeable generalists to the table to precisely understand what you need and how it fits into your big picture. Our generalists then take the problem back to specialists and conceptualize solutions while actively gauging interest in the project. internally to build a team of experts who want to work on your project. Once a project scope is defined and agreed upon, SKA can hit the ground running with a lean, well rounded team that is tailor made for the task.

Veteran Advisory Board

There is no substitute for experience. SKA’s technical and strategic advisers have over 50 years of industry experience between them. They have worked with a multitude of household names and they have managed thousands of projects across a wide array of verticals. Every decision we make builds on our combined experience to minimize risk and deliver calculated results.

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Ongoing Anticipation and Mitigation of Risks

Our product managers and systems engineers employ advanced risk mitigation strategies. This behind-the-scenes process entails constant strategic analyses of as many failure cases as we can anticipate. Once we know what can go wrong, we set about designing backup options and then we come up with backups for the backups. SKA’s clients can rest assured that we will do whatever it takes to deliver results on-time and on-budget.

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Location, Location, Location

SKA is based in the heart of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Pittsburgh is home to a growing robotics industry, Carnegie Mellon University, and an exciting cultural and industrial heritage. Our ties to local industry and academia keep us up-to-date with the latest technology. SKA is uniquely positioned within a nucleus of some of the finest talent in the World. Pittsburgh's low cost of living enables us to deliver unparalleled value to our clients in Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley.