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Development of Mobile Application for Ice Cream Mix Calculation

Nuntaporn Aukkanit 1 and Shutchapol Chopvitayakun 2
1. Food Science and Technology Program, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand
2. Information Technology Program, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand
Abstract—This research developed a mobile application compatible on Android Operating system to calculate the ice cream ingredients based on Serum Point method. Process of making ice cream requires very specific ingredients, everything must be precise, and nothing can be more or less. Ice cream maker just slightly miscalculates some ingredients, it may cause the ice cream taste and quality. There are a few ways for ice cream maker to make this calculation very accurately. Most sources available on the internet and some of them available off-line. One of them is website with web-based application for calculating ice cream ingredients. Besides website, the other one is Visual Basic for Excel programming (VBA). This VBA has been implemented to create an Excel spreadsheet with capability of calculating ice cream ingredients as well. However, website and spreadsheet are not compatible with mobile devices e.g. smartphone and cellphone. It has been several years that number of mobile user has been rising exponentially more and more and home ice cream maker or small scale business tend to prefer using smartphone to calculate ice cream ingredients more than computer laptop and desktop. This mobile application turns desirable components of ice cream maker into algebraic formula and provides a correct result, based on required compositions including milk fat, milk solids-not-fat (MSNF), sweeteners, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and egg yolk. This application applied linear equations based on Serum Point method which is widely accepted and applied in calculation for ice cream mixes. The results of this work produced various satisfied features i.e. correct percentage of ice cream ingredients. It is more versatile and more user friendly to mobile devices than its predecessors, Excel spread sheet and web-based application.
 
Index Terms—android application, ice cream, ice cream mix calculation, mobile application, serum point method

Cite: Nuntaporn Aukkanit and Shutchapol Chopvitayakun, "Development of Mobile Application for Ice Cream Mix Calculation," Journal of Advances in Information Technology, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 104-108, August 2019. doi: 10.12720/jait.10.3.104-108
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