Courtesy of Hard-Line.

Hard-Line’s Auto Rockbreaker gives companies the ability to automate many rock breaking tasks that had never previously been automated. According to Hard-Line, the Auto Rockbreaker uses a suite of sensors, such as LiDAR and cameras, to see the environment and machine learning algorithms to process and understand the ground environment. By automating these tasks, the company says that miners will be able to save on maintenance and training costs. Senior vice-president of technology at Hard-Line Ryan Siggelkow said, “If the functions are more deliberate, we can move the machine in a way that makes sense for the machine itself, and also lower the damage and the downtime on the equipment.” With self-contained hardware, the entire system is housed at the breaker site.