Smart thermostats that adjust to your behaviour

With the internet-connected Smart Climate Assistant from tado°, your heating system adapts to your life and heats more efficiently than ever before. More than reducing energy consumption and increasing savings, the thermostat also considers the residents’ overall comfort. tado° detects the absence or presence of residents via their smartphones and then adjusts the heating automatically.

Client: Tado°
Website: tado.com

Pilotfish has worked with tado° since their early startup days, developing, tooling and producing  encasement parts. At first, the emphasis was placed on low tool investment and short time to market.

Now, six years later, tado° is one of the most successful hardware startups in Germany and Pilotfish continues to support them with design optimization to reduce costs and improve supply chain management.

The collaboration with tado° is a great example of changing business objectives throughout the growth of a company. Pilotfish’s diverse team of experts have supported the client’s changing needs and become a part of its success story.

Products launched
Years working together

What Pilotfish did:


Our team of engineers designs the encasement and all details for production, including draft angles, screw bosses and ribs for assembly. The engineering work is tested with working prototypes and the final deliverables are 3D files and supporting documents ready to start tooling. Pilotfish can also manage the development of the electronics with the support of our team in Taiwan.

Proof of Concept

In the POC phase, we develop the working principles and test them. All critical and unknown aspects of the product have to be understood and problems must be solved before moving onto the next phase.

Tooling & Production

Pilotfish oversees all tool design and the quality control of the tool production. We diligently work with trial samples until we reach the golden sample, or in other words, the perfect set of finished parts. During the pilot run, small batches of the product are made for end users to test as well as for marketing and promotional purposes and CE/FCC certification. After the pilot run, Pilotfish manages the production of the finished, ready to sell product.

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