Hexagon acquires remote control mining technology company Hard-Line

Mike Edwards   

News acquisition Hard-Line Hexagon mine automation remote control safety

A person remotely operating an LHD using Hard-Line's TeleOp system.

Hexagon’s Mining division has acquired Sudbury, ON-based Hard-Line, a global developer in mine automation, remote-control technology, and mine production optimization.

Hard-Line specializes in remote control solutions and network infrastructure, allowing for the tele-remote operation of heavy machinery from a control station in a safe area on the surface or underground, regardless of distance.

The acquisition will enhance Hexagon’s life-of-mine technology stack, and will particularly complement its newest portfolios, HxGN Underground Mining and HxGN Autonomous Mining, as well as its award-winning HxGN MineProtect offerings. The portfolios said to realize a life-of-mine vision, autonomously managing vehicle traffic, improving fleet situation awareness, and introducing drill automation while protecting drivers, pedestrians, and equipment in the most demanding environments.

Hard-Line offers remote control via electronic and hydraulic by-wire technologies, products necessary for achieving full autonomy in the mine, the company says.

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