Consumer goods

Verification according to FKM guideline or other customer specifications

The consumer goods sector includes many products for everyday use. ITB has carried out various projects in the consumer goods sector not only for appliances such as washing machines, dryers, vacuum cleaners, ovens but also for pallets and plastic containers.

Our range of services in the field of consumer goods is wide:

  • Design and optimization of individual components or entire products with regard to their mechanical load capacity and durability
  • Simulation of drop tests, improper use and overload cases
  • Thermal analyses


A wide variety of materials are used in consumer products. Here, we have great expertise in calculations with metallic materials as well as elastomers (plastics and rubber materials).

Since the requirements for different consumer goods vary, we use different calculation methods for the respective components under investigation:

  • For continuously acting loads, static calculations can be used.
  • For impulsive/impulsive loads, highly dynamic (also called explicit) calculations can be used.
  • For sinusoidal loads (e.g. rotating unbalances) harmonic calculations can be used.
  • For components for which the load history is critical, transient calculations can be used.

The evaluation of the calculation results is carried out according to established rules and standards (e.g. FKM guideline, VDI 2230 for bolted joints) or according to customer specifications.


Your advantage through calculation

Problems can be identified and eliminated at an early stage of development of the respective product. Furthermore, an estimation of the service life is possible without lengthy test series. This not only results in lower development costs, but the development process can also be greatly shortened. In addition, various optimization approaches can be used to develop products that are more durable, longer-lasting and more cost-effective.


Documentation of the calculation results

Depending on the customer’s requirements, the documentation of the calculation results is provided in the form of a verifiable calculation report in German or English, or in the form of a short documentation. In consultation with you, we present the results that are important for you in a clear and understandable way.


Codes of practice

  • FKM guideline
  • VDI 2230


The following pages might also be of interest to you:

Static calculation of loads

Explicit calculations for impulsive or impact loads

Strength verification according to corresponding regulations