How we Develop our Solutions
Since its inception, ENGINO® has been focused on creativity and innovation. From the drawing board to market shelves, an elaborated process is followed, which leads to the development of high-quality products.
Our Research department is a true representative of STEM, 1st by having a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working towards a common objective, and 2nd by applying the Engineering Design Method to bring solutions to problems. Once a need for a new product is identified, the team brainstorms to come up with ideas and sketches. Once a design is selected, the Product Designers develop detailed 3D objects using mechanical software. The designs are then prototyped using 3D printers and are tested on real models, both internally and with focus groups of children, parents, and teachers. Once feedback is obtained, several iterations take place and the process is repeated 3 to 6 times until the part is optimized and the models created have the best functionality.
Our Educational researchers create the lesson plans and activities based on what the model is expected to teach, adding new requirements that lead to a redesign of the models. In parallel, our Software developers are involved to design or modify functionalities of our various software such as KEIRO™ and KidCAD™, while the Embedded Systems Engineers design the hardware electronics that drive the robotics sets.
Once the product is finalized the Product Development team makes the step-by-step instructions for every model and the Graphics design team designs the artwork for the packages and booklets. Before the product is sent for volume manufacturing, it will be tested again with focus groups to assure that it has indeed solved the problem it was designed for and if it passes all tests it goes into manufacturing.
How we Assure Quality
ENGINO® solutions, several skills are required and a team of exceptional professionals has been assembled. This includes academics, engineers, product designers, illustrators, educational specialists, and marketing experts. All research is carried out in-house n Europe, ensuring eﬀective communication between the team members and faster development time. But a good product is not only by design. This is only the first step! A process has to be in place to assure quality consistency and repeatability in meeting product's specifications.
At ENGINO® toy factory, health and safety are top in our list of priorities. As the ENGINO® products and solutions empower children of all ages, we make sure that every component is tested not only for user-friendliness but also for quality and safety. As of that, no product is allowed to go into Manufacturing until after it has passed all tests, carried out by external certified labs. A first pilot production run takes place to prepare enough samples for testing and our partner laboratories undertake to test all individual parts and final products according to international standards and methodologies. We test for the below standards:
Mechanical and Physical Properties, Flammability, and Migration of certain elements under EN71-1(Europe), ASTM F963(USA), AS/NZS 8124(Australia/New Zealand) and SOR/2011-17(Canada), REACH- EC/1907/2006, RoHS(10), EN62115 for Electric Toys, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Soluble Heavy Metals, Phthalates, Total Lead Content, SVHC 209(Substances of Very High Concern), EMC- EN55032 and EN55035
Once the product is certified it can safely go into production. Again, continual inspection is required to make sure that what was tested is also what is produced. The factory and production line are certiﬁed with the ISO9001 management system and our internal Quality Assurance team is tasked with taking random samples from every production stage for testing and approval. The continual inspection and quality control is based on the BS6001-3 and ISO 2859-3 standards assuring that all children receive a safe toy.
How we Manufacture
Following the high growth rate of ENGINO®, the company has taken a bold decision to move all production from Asia to Cyprus in 2012. Since then, follow-up investments in new automation machines and advanced prototyping systems have taken place, making ENGINO®'s factory one of the first in the European Union to set such high standards in production quality, cost of manufacturing and time to market, from idea to industrilization.
Our production goes through four major departments. At the heart of
ENGINO®, we have the design and manufacture of Injection Molds. These are the steel mechanical tools that form the shape of each component.
The next step is plastic part production. The tools are installed on our Injection Machines where the plastic raw material is melted, injected at high pressure in the tool's cavities, and through an elaborate process is transformed from rice-like pellets to the ENGINO® snap-fit parts. Once the parts are made, they are transferred temporarily to our warehouse and from there they go to our automatic bagging machines!
These machines use hoppers, sensors and weight checkers to automatically count the parts that go in every box. The counted parts are collected into moving containers, and then dropped into a bags formed from plastic film that is formed bags while are sealed for storage until the next step.
The final production stage is packaging. The carton boxes come flat from the printing factory and they are placed in a special machine that first errects the boxes and a drawer pushes the bags inside the box. The bags are inserted manually in the drawers while the instruction booklets are placed automatically. The box is sealed and weighted for making sure there is no error and is then packed in larger cartons to be shipped to our customers around the world.
How we Distribute & Support
The journey of our toys from factory to families can be quite adventurous!
ENGINO® boxes reach homes usually through our authorised distributors in each country, who import and warehouse the products, delivering on the shelves of toy shops and department stores. In many cases, large retailer chains buy directly from our factory and in cooperation with the local distributors offer extensive customer support, replacing defective or missing parts, while also organizing local and national events and competitions. The ENGINO® classroom solutions follow a similar path to reach Ministries of Education across the world and many public and private schools, providing also training to teachers through our expert network of professional trainers.
Lately, due to the increasing demand to buy online ENGINO®, and in an effort to protect children from receiving fakes and bad quality STEM alternatives, the company has established a significant online presence with international delivery capabilities. The new, digital ecosystem of ENGINO® is geared to actively engage children, parents and teachers, establishing smart communities where young inventors and innovative teachers can share their ideas. Our online users can gain access to exclussive designs, buy loose parts, download software and use the latest e-learning technologies, while also participating in online competitions and virtual robotic labs.
All ENGINO® products have an extended 3-years warrantee once registered. This means that missing parts from new boxes will be replaced for free, and that for the full 3 years of warrantee any damaged or faulty component will also be replaced at no cost! The 3D instructions for building all models found in our sets are currently made available not only in our website but also through the kidCAD™ free app for Android and iOs tablets. Simillarly, all experiments and theory included in the sets are accessible also online with their solutions.
CSR - Environmental Policy
For the people at ENGINO®, protecting our planet is one of our utmost priorities. This is achieved by concentrating on 3 verticals: One is by abiding to our founding principles of designing products that teach Science and Technology, nurturing young learners to love discovering the laws of Nature, and respecting our environment. Our Solar Energy sets for example emphasize sustainability through hands-on experimentation and many of our challenges in Robotics and STEM lesson-plans include problems of waste disposal and environmental protection. Our building system itself enhances creativity by allowing the creation of many models from the same set, while the compatibility of parts throughout all ages and products allows children and their siblings to continue playing and learning without having to buy more and more toys. This extreme reusability of ENGINO® parts, with an almost unlimited potential of reconfiguration, significantly contributes in the reduction of waste, not only at the manufacturing source but at every home around the world.
The 2nd vertical is to use materials in production that can be fully recycled. Starting from the paper materials that go into packaging and moving on to the actual plastic materials that produce our parts, we take all measures to select materials that can be regrinded and used by other industries to produce other products. Along these lines, we are making continual investments to utilize Photovoltaic Solar Panel technologies for electricity production, heading towards clean energy. In parallel, we work with Universities and Academics on advanced research projects, aiming to develop unique biodegradable materials that can, at some time in the future, go into production.
The 3rd vertical is involving schools in events that promote the love for the Environment and lead to an improvement of their local communities. With initiatives taken in cooperation with our Distributors, we invite children to plant trees, participate in STEM camps and enter competitions with relevant themes, challenging them to come up with their own solutions of sustainability.
If you or your students have more ideas on how to further help protect our planet, please email us at:
Mission statement and values
ENGINO® is an educationally and technologically oriented company. Its purpose is to create products that have the ability to unleash children's creativity and imagination in order to achieve the learning process through play. Through building with the ENGINO® toy system, children can enhance their Three-Dimensional perception and develop their dexterity and cognitive skills. For school settings, we provide
quality tools and teaching material to teachers, in order to help students learn in an exciting way.
The system is not comparable to other construction toy systems as it is a new innovation with a signiﬁcant diﬀerentiation on how the parts are being connected. It is a simple snap-ﬁt system with no screws or tools required. The basic system consisted originally from only 18 parts that could be connected in any direction of the 3D space. The ENGINO® parts are bigger than other systems and provide a nicer grip for children. Today, after the addition of more specialized parts, our philosophy of helping children acquire the so-much needed 21st-century skills, remains stronger than ever. Our step-by-step developmental approach is infused in all our products and aims to inspire children achieve their maximum creative potential.
Most building systems are shifting more and more towards realistic models and licensed products, and use many specialized parts. By doing so, they move away from the traditional quality of construction toys which meant building endlessly whatever the child could imagine. ENGINO® remains focused on these values, placing the inherent needs of a young inventor above the major TV and market trends. One way to recognize the creative capabilities of any building system is by checking how many models can be built from the same set. ENGINO® surpasses all brands in this ability and has launched sets that have instructions for more than 120 models!
Patents and IP
ENGINO® has been developed through years of Research and Development, carried out by a team of expert engineers, educators and academics, headed by the inventor Costas Sisamos. Much of the company's R&D has been co-funded by National and European Union funds for high-level competitive research. The building system and teaching methodology of ENGINO®is protected by several patents, industrial designs and registered trademarks, such as:
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Since its launch, the system has received several local and international awards , while the company's R&D team continues to develop new innovations, taking ENGINO® to the 3rd generation of construction toys and moving into software and Makespace technologies.