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Acconeer and Sandvik receive research grant of SEK 3.5 million for material classification

Sweden's innovation agency Vinnova has decided to award Acconeer and Sandvik a grant totaling SEK 3.5 million, of which Acconeer's share is SEK 2.5 million, for research into automated material classification with radar. The project will begin in Q3 2024 and is planned to be completed in the second half of 2026.
In this project Sandvik and Acconeer will combine their strengths to develop a material classification system for rock crushing conveyor belt applications. The system will provide information on different types of materials and particle size distributions and identify deviations towards the requirements on the produced material.

CEO Lars Lindell comments: "Material classification is something we have been looking into for many years, and with this grant we get the opportunity to take our research one step further. The fact that we also get the chance to do it together with a large global player like Sandvik gives us the possibility to test our application in an advanced industrial environment."

From Vinnova's justification: "A well-written application with actors at the forefront. The automated material classification described is considered to have high potential with several different areas of application in addition to the rock crusher that is in focus. The project plan is assessed as realistic with a good division between the actors."