Evolution of the Modern Rolling Mill
How Rolling Mills Have Evolved Across Centuries
The rolling mill is so successful at creating uniform cracks on corn and grains – with superior speed, efficiency, and output – that it feels like a uniquely modern invention. Especially considering that many agricultural professionals use hammer mills or other forms of machinery, the roller mill feels like an innovative in emerging technology.
However, roller mills have been available for well over a hundred years, outpacing older methods as farmers realized how much quicker they could be completing their work with the use of a roller mill. Learn more about how far the industry has come by reading more about the history and development of the modern roller mills.
Origins of Milling Machinery
Milling’s humble beginnings included grinding with stone that was etched with grooves to improve output. With the introduction of the roller mill in the late 1800s, farmers and mill workers began to see the difference in processing that could be created with this technology. While roller mills were once used alongside traditional mills, they soon become the sole equipment used to process grains for a variety of applications, such as animal feed and beer brewing.
Early adaptations of the roller mill were made from steel and were hand-operated; a crank was used to get the rollers moving and cracking. Additional iterations of the roller mill had porcelain components and added rollers to improve efficiency and output. Nearing the turn of the century – into the 1900s – engineers and designers became more flexible in their products, creating machines with even more rollers and those created for smaller farms, which were compact and useful if you did not have significant processing needs.
How the Roller Mill Revolutionized Corn and Grain Processing for Agricultural Professionals
Roller mills proved to create reduced waste and improve output, better than their ancestors – the stone grinding mill and the water mill. Rollers created less dust and improved the ability to achieve the perfect crack, without over-processing or under-processing. Farmers who used mills to process corn and grains found that they could more easily crack corn and small grains, achieving a consistent result with less effort. The introduction of the roller mill into American agriculture allowed farmers and millers to more successfully operate their small or large-scale farms and create in-demand goods at the time.
Evolve Your Feed Processing with an Automatic Roller Mills
Automatic Equipment Manufacturing creates and sells the finest rolling mills available – the product of over a hundred years of engineering and use by farmers of the 19th century through to today. To learn more about what a roller mill can do to improve how you process grain at your own agricultural business, contact a member of our team today.