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Artificial intelligence and complex process: the OPTIMAL project supported by Boccard takes shape.


Three years after its launching, OPTIMAL (OPTImised conception of MembrAnes processes aiming to obtain dairy ingredients) is over.

The objectives of this research project were:

     - to collect and structure the knowledge of researchers, dairy manufacturers and equipment manufacturers
     - to study and develop an approach to optimize the design and operation of 0.1 µm microfiltration of skim milk (MF) to obtain 2 fractions of value-added ingredients

The optimization of the MF via evolutionary algorithms opened the way to a new plant design and new combinations of operating conditions. The result of the optimization is a proof of concept and a unit operation optimization software has been developed with our Track Advance teams.

This project is the result of a collaboration between INRAE of Rennes, Sodiaal International and Boccard and has been financially supported by the Region of Brittany and the European Fund FEDER as well as many other partners.

Thanks to its involvement in this research project, Boccard is in a position to propose innovative solutions for this process as well as optimization services for existing installations.

The continuation of this project opens great perspectives on the optimization of other complex processes by seeking a robust reliability of our models.

KEY points

Optimization of the microfiltration of skim milk via evolutionary algorithms
Unit operation optimization software


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