FEATURES

 

Cloud, standalone and multiuser

 

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 Cloud, standalone and multiuser

Nutritional data organization


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 Nutritional data organization

Advanced formulation engine


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 Advanced formulation engine

Time saver


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. 

AFOS Time saver

Mixed-Integer Optimization


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.

AFOS Mixed-Integer Optimization




Features list


 

 

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.
Unlimited number of ingredients
Create new ingredients
Modify ingredient composition with easy navigation panel
Three sets of composition data
Easy navigation between as fed and dry matter basis values
"Last test date" information for analyzed data set
Change price
Extended details panel for additional data and explanations
Use ingredient filter for easy navigation
Import ingredients from external file
Export ingredients to external file
Clone (duplicate) ingredients
Clone ingredient to different plant
Custom ingredient type
Ingredients group management
Create ingredient equations (calculated nutrients)
Create 'cascaded' ingredients equations
Clone (duplicate) ingredients equations
Ingredients price history and forecast chart
Support ingredient names in other than Latin coding
Unlimited number of nutrients
Definition of new nutrient
Modify nutrient configuration
Use nutrients filter
Custom nutrient type
Import nutrients from external file
Export nutrients to external file
Nutrient groups management
Comprehensive list of units with meaningful automatic recalculation where possible
Unlimited number of feed formulas
Unlimited number of premix formulas
Unlimited number of ingredient and nutrient min and max constraints
Unlimited number of nutrient ratio constraints
Unlimited number of ingredient ratio constraints
Unlimited number of ingredient combined constraints
Unlimited number of post optimization coefficients with complex formula definition functionality
Least cost optimization using linear solver
Least cost optimization using mix-integer solver
Define constraints in As fed or Dry matter basis
Define constraints in percent and weight units
Apply default constraints for selected animal type for fast formula creation
Apply configurable additional costs to the formula
Define additional cost patterns
Calculate Dry matter and As Feed results
Calculate weight results based on plant batch size
Calculate Shadow price
Save formulas as recipe
Save formulas as ingredient
Clone formula to different plant
Manual tweaking of optimization results
Define bulk ingredient for automatic recalculation during manual tweaking
Interactive formulation with clear indication are results in defined limits
Apply formula filters
Recalculation for liquid components
Ingredient and nutrient distribution calculation
Formula dehydration calculation
Comparison of actual and previous optimization
Ingredient Total cost percentage calculation
Boundary marginal cost calculation and chart
Ingredient share/price chart
Sub-optimal solution calculation to receive second best results in case of infeasibility
Clear indication of non-achieved constraint in case of infeasibility
Use additional formula panel for additional details of the formula
Formulation, results, and details of the formula on single screen
Include production data when saving formula as recipe
Save instances of formulas in historical database for later analysis and comparison
Open ingredient directly from formula creation window
Multiblend batch optimization
Define complex actions (add, remove, replace in multiple formulas) in Multiblend
Run individual action for all selected formulas
Run multiple actions on multiple selected formulas and post-optimization
Compare before and after multiblending formula state
Multiple saving and exporting from Multiblend
What-if analysis on Multiblend-only prices
Create temporary ingredients in Multiblend
Manage unlimited number of animal groups and breeds
Define default constraints per animal type
Dairy ingredients
Dairy nutrients
NRC calculations
Detailed repoting
Fast reporting from the same screen where formulation is done
Detailed reporting with Export report to PDF, Word, Excel and CSV
Manage reports and recipes history
Sort reports and recipes by date, product name and by formula name
Modify and configure report
Rearrange rows in tables
Export production report
Export multiple formulas
Unlimited number of plants
Assign ingredients, species and breeds per plant
Configure batch size per plant
Configure currency per plant
Configure information properties of the plant
Define ingredient stock value
Import ingredient stock value
Create formula production plan (schedule)
Calculate ingredient requirements (forecast) for arbitrary date
Compare tool for advance ingredients, formulas and recipes compare
Unlimited number of label patterns
Automatic label ingredient list
Detailed label configuration options
Label assignment to recipes
Definition of label design in accordance with client requirements
Automatic every day data backup
Restore data
Single user can access multiple databases
Manage multiple databases
Customize user interface environment
Define currency
Continuous support, maintenance and updates