Balancing feed recipes is a challenge facing many feed production companies as customer number and requirements increase, as variability and availability of ingredients reaches highest level and as competitive market pushes profit driven operations to the pedestal. AFOS creates powerful technical solution that allows automated feed formulation required by the feed companies to maximize profit. Dynamics of the new age ingredients market requires new age software competent for fast and reliable optimization while implementing powerful what-if engine for decision making just-in-time.
AFOS is a multi-plant, multi-animal group software solution for animal feed optimization and formulation implementing advanced functions of nutrients, ingredients, formulas and recipes. Unlimited number of ingredients and ingredient groups with advanced calculation engine for automated nutrient calculation, ingredients historical prices and forecast and easy export and import feature allows user to manage ingredients database with ease.
User friendly formulas creation and calculation implements advanced features like shadow price calculation, saving formula as ingredient or recipe, automated recalculation for liquid components, nutrient ratios constraints, ingredient and nutrient distribution calculation, default constraints for animal groups, formula dehydration calculation, boundary and percentage cost. As availability, nutrient variability and prices of ingredients changes on daily basis formulation software would require powerful batch optimization and what-if calculation engine. Here AFOS Multiblend module receives it’s full strength. It allows optimization on multiple formulas with applied actions (add, remove, replace of ingredients) and comparison of results just in few clicks. Reporting is one of the key tools of state-of-the art systems. AFOS implements advanced reporting and exporting engine including printing and exporting of multiple formulas to all major formats (word, pdf, excel and csv) in just a seconds from main user screen by adopting user interface to current user actions. AFOS respect localizations allowing users to chose user interface language, regional data settings and text characters that suits their business process.
AFOS is built using hybrid-cloud technology which allows system installation on cloud or on premise. Cloud system is targeted for advanced users who wants to have virtual formulation office accessible by multiple users with different access rights from any Windows PC with client AFOS application and from mobile devices using just web browser. Standalone application is focused on users who wants traditional application with database saved locally. Main cloud computing benefits are: high reliability, increased accessibility, data security, regular updates, collaboration, pay structure, scalability, savings on equipment and more.
AFOS supports multi-plant and multi-animal group data organization without limitations on number of formulation instances including plants, animal groups, nutrients, ingredients, products and recipes. User can freely add, edit, remove and customize all data, including adding new currencies, editing nutrient units, weight units, prices, price lists and additional costs. Engine for calculated nutrients can be used for advanced formulation which could be applicable for any type of feed.
For every complex process, AFOS allows creation of templates to reduce time for repetitive actions. User experience is additionally improved by smart filters and advanced search.
AFOS supports advanced formulation using comprehensive calculation engine. User can configure traditional min/max nutrient and ingredient constraints in combination with ingredient and nutrients ratio constraints, combined constraints and post optimization coefficients.. Nutrients constraints can be configured in As Fed or Dry Matter mode. For infeasible formulas AFOS can calculate sub-optimal or “second best” results which are very useful for what-if analysis and problem solving. Detailed formula parameters like shadow prices, boundary prices, ingredient and nutrient distributions, formula dehydration and cost shares are also presented to user.
AFOS What-if simulation module and detailed automated reporting is real time saver. Multiblend module allows optimization of large number of formulas with just few clicks. User can assign various actions like add, remove or replace ingredient or constraint to whole group of formulas in few seconds which are then available for batch optimization. This is very useful for everyday situations when ingredient prices and availability changes on daily basis or for what-if analysis and decision making like 'buy or not buy' raw material on the market, Detailed reporting allows creation of customizable reposts from one or multiple formulas with ease.
Historical database allows saving formula instances though time for later comparison. Track you formulas to analyze your costs before and after.
Label management improves productivity by label creation process automation.
Classical feed formulation software uses an optimization method called Linear Programming (LP) to obtain least cost recipes. But, this method is not very suitable for implementation in the plant control system (SCADA) for a simple reason. Linear programming can give a result that is hard to implement, e.g. some ingredient result can be 128.564 lbs. Nutritionists are forced to manually tweak formulas to prepare them for plant implementation. This creates two problems: a) this process is very time consuming, and b) manual process always decreases optimality (increases cost).
AFOS is implementing special algorithm called Mixed-Integer Programming (MIP) to solve this issue. MIP allows nutritionist to include technical constraints in the optimization procedure. Contact us for more details.
- Cloud based software can be installed on multiple computers with single license.
- Very high level of data and access security, reliability and redundancy managed by Microsoft datacenter.
- Mix-integer solver in addition to commonly used linear solver. Mix-integer is advanced solver that finds least
- cost solution taking into account technical constraints of the plant.
- Single license defines single instantaneous user on the system. Additional users can be purchased.
- Access from tablets and smartphones with just browsers for core functionality.
- Open access database.
- User friendly and intuitive graphic design.
- Printing and exporting supported to all commonly used file types.
- Automatic updates upon new release or improvements and fixes.
- Customization of user interface and multilingual support.