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.
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