Hexagon Mining acquired HARD-LINE, maker of remote control and autonomous operation technologies. (Photo: Hexagon Mining)

Hexagon’s Mining division acquired Canada’s HARD-LINE, a supplier of automation, remote control, and mine production optimization technologies.

HARD-LINE will complement the HxGN Underground Mining, HxGN Autonomous Mining, and HxGN MineProtect offerings, Hexagon Mining said. HARD-LINE solutions offer “remote control via electronic and hydraulic by-wire technologies, innovation necessary for achieving full autonomy in the mine.”

Hexagon Mining said the move was strategic and speaks to the growing push to remove people from dangerous work environments. “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,” said Nick Hare, division president.

The companies have similar visions, making the acquisition advantageous for both, HARD-LINE said. “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,” said Walter Siggelkow, president.