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Autodesk has named AT Ferrell as the August Inventor of the Month for its use of Inventor software for the design and engineering of its roller mills and other industrial food processing machines.

With Inventor, manufacturers can create a single digital model that gives them the ability to design, visualise and simulate products before they are built to reduce the need for physical prototypes.

AT Ferrell’s roller mills use high-pressure rollers to flatten grains to the exact thickness required to create the perfect cornflake, for example, or to crack a piece of toffee without crushing it.

Using Inventor software enables AT Ferrell to use features such as parametric modelling and finite element analysis so the company’s machines can operate under high-pressure conditions while meeting all tolerance requirements.

‘Using Inventor software to create a 3D digital prototype means we no longer have to cut metal to prove the feasibility of a design,’ said Allen Gager, a design engineer and CAD manager at AT Ferrell.

‘We know exactly how a mill will perform before it has been built.

‘Additionally, Autodesk Vault Workgroup helps us keep track of our designs and improves our ability to reuse designs and components, which speeds the development of new products,’ he added.

On a recent project, using Inventor software for digital prototyping enabled AT Ferrell’s designers to identify a problem, test the existing design and develop a new design all in one day.

This efficiency has allowed AT Ferrell to simplify the design-to-manufacture process and develop new equipment.

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