Hexagon acquires HARD-LINE, strengthening mine safety, automation and underground offering with tele-remote technology
12 July 2023
Hexagon’s Mining division today announced the acquisition of Canadian company HARD-LINE, a global leader 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 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’s solutions will help strengthen the solution offering with remote control via electronic and hydraulic by-wire technologies, innovation necessary for achieving full autonomy in the mine. Like Hexagon, HARD-LINE believes in an interoperable, OEM-independent system for mining automation, improving safety and productivity, critical to bringing autonomous technology to the wider mining industry.
“The pressure to remove humans from dangerous situations where it’s unsafe to operate a manned vehicle is increasing, particularly as mines push deeper underground for minerals and metals. We recognize that remote control is a key enabler of the autonomy required to answer this need, which is one of many reasons we’re so delighted to welcome HARD-LINE to the Hexagon family,” expressed Nick Hare, President of Hexagon’s Mining division.
President of HARD-LINE, Walter Siggelkow, said: “With Hexagon’s expertise and our internationally recognized technology – this acquisition really benefits both companies and customers in many ways. While HARD-LINE solutions have positively changed how critical mining tasks are accomplished underground by our customers over decades, the geographical footprint achievable with Hexagon will only increase our impact towards safer mines through autonomous processes.”
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Our technologies are shaping production and people related ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.
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