The Milling Machine Evolves


Hello there, and welcome back to our blog! Here at AmbiTech Electronic Brakes, we are passionate about providing the best electronic braking solutions for our customers. Although the average person may not pay attention to the world of electric braking, we feel that the products that we provide are responsible for making sure that people are able to operate heavy machinery safely and without fear that the machine will continue to operate after the power source has been shut off. One of the most common machines that makes use of our electronic braking systems, milling machines, is the subject of today’s blog and we are going to continue where we left off in our previous blog by covering some of the history surrounding this essential piece of equipment. Continue reading below to learn more.


The Milling Machine Finds its Stride


While milling machines had been around for a few decades at this point, it wasn’t until 1861 that the design of the machine was fully realized. It was in this year that Joseph R. Brown was asked by Frederick W. Howe to find a solution to the problem of milling spirals, such as the flutes that are commonly found on drill bits. Up to this point, these flutes were milled by hand, a process that took a lot of time, energy, and expertise. Rising to the challenge, Brown designed a universal milling machine that solved earlier milling machines’ issues with 3-axis travel. This new design allowed for the milling of spirals using an indexing head fed in coordination with a table feed, increasing the amount of pieces that could be milled with the machine and the level of detail that the mill could impart.


From the 1870s all the way to World War I, Brown & Sharpe and the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company reigned supreme as the dominant force in the milling machine market. During this time, however, other companies were working tirelessly to develop their own milling machines and during this period the evolution of milling machine was almost constant. At the conclusion of World War I, the technology behind milling machines continued to advance and eventually laid the groundwork for modern day CNC technology.


From the 1940s to the 1970s Milling Machines Saw Great Technological Advancement


Utilizing technology that had been developed during the war effort, milling machines during this period of time were able to be controlled with a greater degree of precision than ever before. Advancements in directing gun and rocket artillery led to increased research and development in the control of kinematics/dynamics (basically, the control of motion) which, in turn, allowed engineers to be able to better control the motion of large machinery.


Join us again next time as we conclude our short blog series on the history of the milling machine and its place in our modern society. As always, if you would like to learn more about the electronic brake products that we offer specifically for milling machines, please visit our website today or give us a call. At AmbiTech, we are dedicated to providing the best in electronic braking systems and we are certain that once you experience our products you will see why we are a trusted name across various industries.