What the association does
The Virtual Mill
Following the closure of our first Virtual Mill in April, we have been hard at work, using gaming technology to construct a new Virtual Mill, with better design, better graphics, and more scope for interaction.
All students enrolled in the 2021-22 distance learning programme (and their mentors) should register for access to the Virtual Mill via the Flour Milling Training website. If you haven’t already signed up to use the site, please go to https://www.flourmillingtraining.com. Select the Log In option, followed by the Sign Up option. Once approved, you will be able to visit the Virtual Mill page for the current download version, set up instructions and a basic user guide.
At the start of the course year, all students were informed of the programme of virtual tutorials that would be run by our tutors, helping students prepare for their examinations in May. However, students and mentors will be free to enter the Virtual Mill as they please, using this resource at times to suit them, to further their understanding of milling.
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 2021/22 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 www.flourmillingtraining.com, 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.
The Virtual Mill
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, www.flourmillingtraining.com 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.