The main focus of this area lies on the automated production of pharmaceutical products and dietary supplements, as well as products from the process, food and chemical industries.
The simulation expertise of CATRA includes all principles and methods necessary for the production and processing of solid and liquid substances. By applying special simulation methods (CFD, DEM, CFD-DEM, FEM, SPH and (PBE based) process simulation) following levels are supported:
- Single process
- Sub-processes / unit operations
- Total processes / complete systems
- Designing new processes and machines,
- Optimization of existing processes
- Adaptation of existing facilities and systems to new processes or products
- Redevelopment and redesigning of old machinery and equipment
In general, all processes can be simulated with the above-described methods and tools, that are fluid- based (gaseous, liquid), solids-based (powders, granules, pellets) or a combination / interaction of both. We analyze all existing unit operations such as dosing, filling, conveying, mixing, blending, drying, granulating, compacting, coating, filtering, crystallizing, fermenting, etc.
Our methods are mainly used to interpret and optimize processes to save time and money. This applies to the production or maintenance of machinery, but also for the reduction of individual experiments in experimental designs (design of experiments). Thus, the reduction of designspace inevitably leads to experimental complexity and therefore lower costs.
In addition to its own simulation applications, CATRA provides exclusive distribution, support and maintenance of XPS (eXtended Particle Simulation), the CFD-DEM coupled software product developed by RCPE GmbH and AVL List GmbH. Hereby CATRA forms the main retailer of this software and supports its customers by training and in related inquiries for special requirements, such as customer-specific modeling and software adaptations. Furthermore CATRA also offers its simulation expertise as a consulting-service for clients and advisory services in all matters relating to the topic modeling and simulation.