What Would We Do Without the Milling Machine?


Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at AmbiTech Electronic Brakes, we specialize in, you guessed it, electronic braking systems. No matter what your application is, whether it be woodworking or metal cutting machinery, our electronic motor brakes help to protect your equipment from damage and minimize workplace hazards. Our brakes are designed to make sure that your machinery is as safe as possible to operate and that you and your workers do not have to worry about any unfortunate accidents happening because a piece of equipment did not cease its operation fast enough. In today’s post, we are going to go over one of the machines that our customers utilize our electronic braking systems on, milling machines. Milling machines have been around for centuries and, more importantly, have become one of the most important and useful machines that humanity has ever seen. Keep reading below to learn a little more about the history of this amazing machine.


The Milling Machine is Rather Old


Although the exact origins of the milling machine are unknown, they evolved at some point between 1810 and 1830 from the practice of rotary filling. Rotary filing is a process by which a person runs a circular cutter with file-like teeth in the headstock of a lathe. To reduce the amount of time and energy needed to complete this task, individual shops were most likely the first people to take the idea of manual rotary filing and try to develop a mechanical way to complete the same task. From the 1910s through the 1940s, Ely Whitney was largely credited with creating the first commercially viable milling machine; however, various historians of technology disputed this claim in the 1950s and 1960s and even called into question whether or not the machine attributed to Whitney was even made by him.


Some of the men that can be given credit for the proliferation of the milling machine in American industries include Frederick W. Howe, Elish K. Root, and Francis A. Pratt. From the 1840s to the 1860s, the most popular milling machine design was, without a doubt the Lincoln miller. Rather than being a specific make and model, it was instead a family of tools built by various companies that relied on a common configuration to make it commercially viable. This miller took its name from George S. Lincoln & Company, the first company to put one on the market, and was built in 1855 for the Colt armory.


Join us again next time as we continue to cover more of the history surrounding the modern day milling machine. If you work with a milling machine regularly and would like the safety assurance that comes along with an electronic braking system, please visit our website today to view our full line of AmbiTech braking systems specifically designed to make sure that your milling machine stop running when it is supposed to. When it comes to you or your workers’ safety, don’t settle for second best. Visit our website today to learn why we are a trusted name in the electronic brake industry.