Founder and Owner, Devin Henriques grew up in Richmond, VA. A third generation machinist, his daycare was playing around his parents' machine shop while they worked. At the young age of 12, he began working with the family business’s machines after school and every summer, learning from his parents how to use a manual lathe and manual mill. This early exposure led him to pursuing a career in Mechanical Engineering.
Devin began his career at Playtex Drafting and Designing, high speed machinery for feminine hygiene products. High precision equipment capable of producing 1200 pieces a minute with amazing consistency to FDA medical devices standards. This was great exposure for Devin as he played a critical role in designing and drafting for their feminine hygiene business.
With a desire to expand on the industry, Devin joined Flexicell. There he designed Configurable Robotic Palletizing equipment for major brands, allowing machines to enhance their process in loading and unloading pallets of inventory.
With a background in FDA and high speed packaging Devin continued his career at FR Drake, a manufacturer of high performance loading systems for frankfurters, sausages, cheese sticks, and other products. Their equipment is capable of loading at speeds of 1800 pieces per minute and designed to FDA and USDA standards. This is where Devin acquired his first patent for an accumulator transfer system and method for delivering food products to a bag.
After 15 years in the corporate world as a Mechanical Engineer, Devin could no longer ignore his desire to venture out on his own. With a passion for anything with wheels, Devin was constantly tinkering with cars, bicycles and motorcycles from a young age. With friends in the aftermarket automotive industry, Devin was constantly trading design and drafting work for shop dyno time.
In 2011 Devin did his first fork swap on his Honda CB550 project. The GSX-R wheel just didn't quite match the vintage look of the bike, so Devin decided to do what he does best - tinker. He set off to design a laced hub that would bolt on to the GSX-R fork, and it was a beauty. With the success of his laced wheel hub, he decided to have 10 more made to offer on the forums, and the rest is history…Two years later Cognito Moto was officially formed.
With the need for attention to detail and high-quality specifications, Devin decided the only path forward was to make their products in house. Pulling on his engineering and machine shop background, Devin acquired his first CNC Mill. This pivot to in-house development allowed Cognito Moto to offer truly custom parts with lower volumes and retain profitability.
Today Cognito Moto is a team of 4, designing and manufacturing things we love with the most advanced CNC Milling, Turning, and 3D Scanning capabilities on the market today.