HARD-LINE is engaged in providing remote control solutions and related network infrastructure to allow the tele-remote operation of heavy machinery from a secure control station on the surface or underground.
The company’s technologies are designed to enhance remote-controlled mining operations via electronic and hydraulic by-wire technologies.
Hexagon expects the acquisition to strengthen its mine safety, automation and underground offering with HARD-LINE’S tele-remote technology.
Hexagon president and CEO Paolo Guglielmini said: “As mines venture deeper underground in search of vital minerals and metals, the importance of removing humans from hazardous operating conditions becomes increasingly clear. Remote control is a key enabler of this and serves as a stepping-stone towards full autonomy.
“We’re excited to welcome HARD-LINE, a company that shares our vision of a future that’s safer, sustainable, and increasingly autonomous, into the Hexagon family.”
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Hexagon said the acquisition will also enhance its life-of-mine technology stack while complementing its latest product offerings, including HxGN autonomous mining, HxGN underground mining, and the HxGN MineProtect platform.
These products are designed to manage vehicle traffic autonomously, improve fleet situational awareness, implement drill automation, and safeguard pedestrians, operators, and equipment in the most challenging environments, the firm noted.
In a statement, Hexagon said: “Like Hexagon, HARD-LINE believes in an interoperable, OEM-independent system for mining automation that improves safety and productivity while advancing autonomous technology across the mining industry.”
Founded in 1996, HARD-LINE will now be operated as part of Hexagon’s Mining division.