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German engineering specialist Müller-BBM announced it has acquired a 40 percent stake in the Delft-based Vibes.technology. The acquisition comes after years of collaboration between the two sides on product integration, international sales and consulting projects in the automotive industry. By combining the Dutch expertise in software solutions together with subsidiary VibroAkustik Systeme’s strength in data acquisition, analysis and management, Müller is looking to enhance its offering and enable engineers to use powerful design strategies aimed at shortening product development cycles and yielding significant improvements in sound and vibration quality in the industry.
Founded in 2016, Vibes.technology makes software to reduce sound and vibrations, mostly in electrical vehicles. By utilizing techniques like experimental dynamic substructuring and transfer path analysis, it’s possible to predict sound and vibrations before vehicle prototypes have been built. By combining test-based models with computer simulations, Vibes aims to allow engineers to develop hybrid design strategies, saving time and resources for OEM customers like BMW, Hyundai, Lightyear and Volvo.
In addition to combining development efforts, the management team at Vibes is also being revamped. First, Dennis de Klerk, managing director of VibroAkustik Systeme in the Netherlands and pioneer of Vibes’ innovative dynamic substructuring methodology, has joined the board in Delft. Also, Vibes co-founder Maarten van der Kooij is stepping down as CEO and is taking on an advisory role in the company.
“Partnering with Vibes.technology will unlock the full potential of next-generation engineering, like combining test and simulation and enabling a hybrid workflow for noise, vibration and harshness,” says Andreas Ansorge, managing director of Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme. “Technology like this is key for success in the ongoing industry transformation process.”