Problem: Blending elements with various qualities into the lowest-cost product to meet designated quality requirements.
The manufacture of animal feed is an example of a blending problem. The question is: how do you mix a number of raw components into a minimum cost final blend that has specified amounts of certain ingredients?
In the case of pigfeed, the issue is vital. How can raw feedstocks be combined to produce a high nutrition pigfeed at lowest cost? For someone with several thousand hungry pigs, the quality of this answer can easily spell the difference between profit and loss.
feedstock prices are typically volatile, the complexity of the question and the daily
importance of reliable solutions is even more apparent.
Examples include finding the least costly mix of ores that will produce an alloy with specified characteristics or deciding on the most efficient combination of advertising media purchases to reach target audience percentages in multiple demographic groups.
Unless specified otherwise, the entire contents of this site are protected by copyright.
(c) 1999-2010 Noel Ferguson / Remarkable Ideas Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Postal Address: PO Box 633, Tokoroa 3444, Waikato, New Zealand
Mobile: +64-27-306-8999 After Hours: +64-7-886-0445