We create concise, highly structured, quantifiable design specifications with the Elephant Specification language to smoothen communication between stakeholders.
We visualize and analyze system architectures with dependency structure matrix methods to structure and decompose the design problem, allowing for concurrent engineering.
We explore problem and solution spaces by comparing and visualizing the architectural differences between design concepts and future system generations to support design decision making.
product family design
We identify the similarities and commonalities between products in a diverse product portfolios to create product family architectures and platforms.
The core of Ratio methods
The number of dependencies between requirements, functions, components, and design parameters is growing exponentially in modern systems. At Ratio we offer services and tools to assist system engineers in getting a firm grip on this network of multi-disciplinary dependencies. Thereby, reducing costly and lengthy delays due to integration issues.
The methods and tools are all about finding, specifying, visualizing and analyzing dependencies using a model-bases system engineering approach. We, for example, offer a special language for writing system specifications from which system architecture models are automatically derived. As such, one starts building a model of the system from the momement one is creating a system specification. The resulting model serves as a structured anchor point for the rest of the design process.
Step 1: describe your systems with the Elephant Specification Language.
Step 2: automatically derive and visualize the system architecture.
Step 3: analyze the system architecture with clustering and sequencing algorithms.
Step 4: improve the system architecture and repeat steps one to four.
Meet the founders
Want to learn more? We publish most of our methods. So check out the docs.
Systems engineering at DIFFER
Ratio is supporting the Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research (https://www.differ.nl) in creating a conceptual design and gathering, quantifying, and specifying the requirements for a new Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) facility. The IBA facility is to be used for fundamental material research. For example, to investigate and develop materials to allow for more efficient solar Read more about Systems engineering at DIFFER[…]
The value of systems Engineering
To prove the value of systems engineering, NASA’s Chief Cost & Economics Analysis Werner Gruhl plotted the percentage of project budget spent on systems engineering against the percentage of project budget overruns of many projects. The plot, seen below, clearly shows that investments in systems engineering are returned by a much greater decrease in cost Read more about The value of systems Engineering[…]
The Eindhoven metropolitan region supports Ratio in software development
The Eindhoven metropolitan region (MRE) aspires to further develop the Brainport region in its role as an economic world player. Therefore the MRE board strategically sets out subsidy for promising small businesses in, or near, Eindhoven. Keywords here are; collaboration, innovation, and local economic benefit. Ratio satisfied the requirements for claiming this unique subsidy by Read more about The Eindhoven metropolitan region supports Ratio in software development[…]
ITER to adopt Ratio toolset
ITER is driven to prove the world how fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun and the stars, is a potential source of safe, non-carbon emitting, and virtually limitless energy. The Ratio team is delighted to announce that Torben Beernaert, a dedicated TU/e Ph.D. candidate is using the Ratio toolset to analyze parts of Read more about ITER to adopt Ratio toolset[…]
Ratio @ Klokgebouw Eindhoven
The company has recently switched locations and is now found in the vibrant office space of Founded By All at the famous Klokgebouw in Eindhoven. The Ratio founders started out their company (09-2018) at The Innovation Space, a unique place for startups and ambitious TU/e students. A desk within the walls of this popular area Read more about Ratio @ Klokgebouw Eindhoven[…]
Authoritative Cobouw on Ratio
Cobouw, a well-known Dutch industry magazine recently interviewed Tim and published a well written, and, as it turned out, a well-read article about the company. In the article, Tim’s background at the university, and his Ph.D. commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat are highlighted. Also, you read about the findings for a standardization approach in product development and how this positively Read more about Authoritative Cobouw on Ratio[…]
Startups to watch at the Gerard and Anton Award
27-6 was a buzzing day, on this day Innovation Origins selected the 10 most promising start-ups located in the Eindhoven region. Ratio was listed and applauded for their innovative character and promising business plan. This was the six-time in a row that Innovation Origins put down a list like this, also known as the Gerard Read more about Startups to watch at the Gerard and Anton Award[…]
Ratio wins Golden Lightbulb challenge
The first edition of the Golden Lightbulb Challenge could count on lots of enthusiasm from numerous young entrepreneurs. On the 29th of April, the Ratio team celebrated their first prize with all the participants, audience and organizers of this groundbreaking challenge. Golden Lightbulb challenge – the gift that keeps on giving The Golden Lightbulb challenge Read more about Ratio wins Golden Lightbulb challenge[…]
Tim concluded his Ph.D. research
On the 28th of November 2018, Tim Wilschut received his Ph.D. degree after presenting his thesis and answering the committee’s questions. In the four years prior to this event, Tim wrote several articles for reputable journals and gave presentations at subject-related conferences all around the world. The thesis is well received by the committee, the Read more about Tim concluded his Ph.D. research[…]
Ratio officially founded
To great joy and pride of the Ratio founders; Tim and Tiemen, Ratio BV can now be found in the KVK registers. This milestone precedes years of preparing, networking, knowledge gathering and product development. Other milestones that come to the surface when reminiscing on all of these years of hard work are; winning the Tu/e Read more about Ratio officially founded[…]