JJ Smith used Ligna to launch Modular Building Automation (MBA), its joint venture with Dutch machine manufacturer H&M for supplying timber frame framing and nailing systems.

The companies set up the operation in response to growing demand for the complete package of automated timber frame production equipment.

“Timber frame suppliers are looking to provide an increasingly factory-finished product, with more of the industry moving towards closed panels,” said JJ Smith managing director Martin Smith. “MBA will be able to supply the whole solution technology package to enable manufacturers to follow this trend. And our equipment can integrate with whatever timber frame design software the customer is using.”

The example on show included the framing work bed, an angle saw for timber frame and other angled component cutting, a squaring station, and an automated CNC nailing bridge.

Also featured in the display was a truss bench and press from AV Birch, which is working closely with MBA.

“AV Birch is evolving rapidly with a new corporate identity, website, and new products, such as a system for manufacturing open-web joists,” said Birch’s Alan Ritchie. “Working with MBA ties in with all this and enables us to sell our technology as part of a complete timber frame to roof systems package.”