VIBES.Technology: Revolutionizing Sound Engineering

By Tessa van Breeden - Have you ever driven an old car on the highway? Chances are the car was shaking, vibrating, and making much noise. It could have been a better experience - although it got you from A to B. Engineers face sound and vibration issues in complex structures, causing damage and delays. These issues surface late in design, leading to costly troubleshooting.

Sound and vibration software has created predictive software to solve these problems. Their software empowers engineers to construct precise dynamic models. Moreover, the technology is modular to simulate interactions between different components. These models forecast sound and vibration performance early in the development cycle, allowing for earlier problem-solving and hybrid troubleshooting. 

Research at BMW

Eric Pasma co-founded after meeting Maarten van der Seijs during his graduation internship. They developed a modular approach to improve car subsystems’ vibration and sound levels, leading to more efficient product development. Dennis de Klerk and Daniël van den Bosch joined the team, and they established a company to commercialize this concept.

In the past, engineers often encountered problems related to vibration and sound only after creating physical prototypes. This led to the wastage of materials and increased costs. Moreover, this approach caused significant delays in product development timelines. To address these issues, recommends predicting vibration and sound problems early on through digital modelling. That results in cost-effectiveness and sustainability in product development and helps avoid material waste.

First and foremost, we were genuinely thrilled by the technology. We loved working with it, so we began a quest to find a market need. Now, our solution is transforming the market. Eric Pasma, co-founder and managing director at

Original Equipment Manufacturers concentrates its efforts on Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and component suppliers. Approximately 90% of their work revolves around the automotive industry. That’s because of the intensive product development associated with mass production, where even a slight variation in material weight can have significant consequences. Still, they extend our reach to other markets, serving customers such as ASML in the precision engineering of consumer goods. Their technology’s versatility allows it to be applied across various industries.

Customers say that our software is intuitive, efficient, and pleasant. They gain new insights in their work and are happy with it. Eric Pasma, co-founder and managing director of

From YES!Delft startup to scale-up took part in the incubator program of YES!Delft in 2016, shortly after they started their business. Almost straight out of University, the program taught them how to create a solid business around their innovative technology. They learned about all aspects of business processes, such as legal, finance, and recruitment.

Thanks to YES!Delft, we have a network of experts and other startups that we can rely on.Eric Pasma, Co-founder and managing director of

Funding is almost wholly self-funded because their consulting jobs generate enough revenue to invest in product development. They have also received some funds, such as a loan from Uniiq, and they received a Eurostars subsidy a few years ago. These loans have now been paid off. Other than that, they refrained from seeking additional investments. An important reason is that the automotive market can be conservative: it takes a while before new technology is fully incorporated into a process.

It’s ineffective to speed up growth by raising capital; the market must be ready. We prefer to grow with our customers.Eric Pasma, co-founder and managing director of

Next Steps is currently in its scale-up phase. With 30 employees in their HQ and the engineering office in München, Germany, they are leaving the YES!Delft building to go to another office space in Delft. They are helping the market standardize processes using their modular software for product development. Their primary focus is to support their customers in becoming more successful using their technologies and software.

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