In order to achieve the intelligent control of milling process, an experimental platform is constructed in XK5140 CNC machine tool. The control system is based on the Simulink model of MATLAB and the controller is established by programming S-function. The experiments are performed on steel workpiece with variable depth of cut by controlling milling force. The experimental results show that the intelligent control of the milling process is feasible using this experimental platform. The proposed controller can adaptively adjust the feed rate till achieving a constant cutting force approaching the set point in varied cutting conditions. CNC milling machine can make full use of its manufacturing capacity when processing the parts, thus improving the cutting efficiency and protecting the tool.