In the following, an examplificative application is described for the ice cream industry.
In a typical value chain for ice cream, the diary products (milk and cream) are transformed by relatively large processors to ice cream mix, which is then shipped to the retailers that complete the process by blending the mix with additional ingredients to create the different flavors and variants.
The processor must pasteurize the ice cream mix using mid-scale continuous pasteurization plants.
The processor would like to analyze the pasteurization process to optimize the product quality, analyze the performance degradation of the plant with time as fouling progresses, and minimize the energy consumption.
The supplier of the pasteurizing plant would like to embed some intelligence on the machine, for remote diagnostic and data analysis; they would also like to perform design calculations for rapid drafting of proposals as part of the sales process of their machines.