Pharmaceutical industry

Are you, as a manufacturer of human and veterinary pharmaceutical products, looking for a partner in numerical analysis and simulation? TECOSIM has more than 20 years’ experience in computer-aided engineering (CAE) and is able to develop solutions quickly and reliably throughout the course of your product development.

Our core expertise for the pharmaceutical industry

Structure simulation

Structure simulation evaluates the strength, stability and service life of components under mechanical or thermal boundary conditions. It is used to improve product behaviour or production systems to make products lighter, more durable or easier to produce, for example.


Drop test simulation

TECOSIM simulates the behaviour of products when they are dropped accidently (drop test) or shunted, when in transit, for example. This allows packaging to be optimised while preventing or minimising damage in transit. These tests are typically carried out on packaging, laboratory containers and similar.

NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness)

NVH calculations allow conclusions to be drawn on how to implement improvements to acoustics, vibrations and comfort. Typical fields of application include optimisation of noise emissions from machinery, vibration minimisation in production and mixing processes.


During the early stages of structural component development, long before elaborate, expensive testing is possible, durability analyses are used to evaluate and enhance designs with regard to structural strength and, above all, cyclic resistance. This allows weak points to be identified and eliminated from a design at an early stage. This often also reveals weight potential and minimises the number of necessary laboratory tests. Typical fields of application include the service life of production systems and their components, the durability of packaging and similar.

Computational fluid dynamics

Numerical computational fluid dynamics (CFD) calculates phenomena which occur as gases and fluids flow over surfaces. Typical uses in life science include mixing of fluids, filling calculation, optimisation of machinery cooling systems.


The use of different mathematical calculation methods identifies optimisation potential for individual components or component groups regarding their weight or mechanical properties. Analysis results are incorporated into the development process once or as part of a continuous improvement process. Examples of uses in the pharmaceutical industry include structural component optimisation, weight optimisation, multi-physics problems and stability studies.


Multi-body system simulation

Multi-body system simulation is primarily used for rigid body calculation and kinematic simulation of articulated joints and drives of all types for machines and production lines. The calculation speed of multi-body system simulation enables complex modules such as entire assemblies to be easily mapped and integrated into control circuits.

System simulation

System simulation is used to examine highly complex overall systems in which many sub-systems interact. Mapping and simulating such a system is a supreme discipline: the physical properties of all components and sub-systems which are interconnected with each other and exert influence on one another must be described in a mathematically correct way and their behaviour evaluated. It is essential not to lose sight of the overall system as a sum of all parts for all details. TECOSIM has specialised in 1D simulation.

Coupled or multi-physics simulation

Sometimes it is simply not sufficient to examine the physical properties of components in isolation. Whenever several physical phenomena are simulated regarding their interaction with one another, this is referred to as multi-physics simulation. Findings established in this way often present a truer picture than separate studies of individual phenomena. Multi-physics simulations play an increasingly important role in all stages of a product’s life cycle, from the analysis of new material properties, their mapping in virtual material models and parameters, through to production process simulation and calculation of product resistance under the effect of flow.

Virtual benchmarking

Created by TECOSIM, the TEC|BENCH method not only allows industrial enterprises to improve their own products through comparison with competitors, but also optimise quality during production. Typical uses entail checking of manufacturing tolerances or deviations between a design and the manufactured component and a virtual comparison of performance parameters between own prototype and real product.