The Virtual Mill

The UK Flour Millers’ Virtual Mill could have been designed specifically for the “new normal” of social distancing and remote working. In fact, the initial stages of the high-tech CGI system first appeared in 2017, providing a unique online training aid for the next generation of millers – wherever they live in the world.

The 3D Virtual Mill contains an entire mill site, including wheat intake, laboratory, screenroom and mill building, packing line and warehouse, as well as training rooms dedicated to purifier, plansifter and roller mill, enabling students to see inside the closed milling process

For the 2020/21 course session of our distance learning programme course fees include access to the virtual mill and each of our seven modules will deliver three tutorials in the online mill; as well as training sessions for our course mentors.  The Virtual Mill runs through the website, where students also have access to other resources such as textbooks, e-learning and videos.

Whilst the primary objective has been to provide a new training environment for millers, providing a medium where they can see inside the closed milling process, there is also potential for other uses and for individual companies to build their own 'project rooms' within the virtual mill. If you would like to take advantage of this technology in your business, please contact Nigel Bennett.

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The Virtual Mill


Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Virtual Mill is likely to be inaccessible for several weeks.  This means that all of this month’s revision tutorials are highly unlikely to take place.  If we can find an alternative platform for the tutorials, we will let you know.  In the meantime, students should contact their tutors if they have any particular issues they wish to discuss.


In the meantime, remains active, providing access to many other training resources

We are very sorry for this inconvenience.  We are currently working on a new web-based version of the Virtual Mill and are confident of its launch in time for the 2021-22 course session.