Hexagon’s Sixth Sense Selects Nine Startups to Transform Manufacturing Sustainability

1.  Acerta Analytics, Ontario, Canada: Acerta Analytics provides advanced analytics solutions that leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) to turn complex product data into actionable insights. The solution enables automakers and suppliers of complex vehicle parts to improve quality in manufacturing processes, and supports early defect detection.

3. Dessia, Antony, France: Dessia offers a platform featuring virtual “bots” that serve as companions to assist engineers in designing mechanical systems. These virtual assistants provide support and insights throughout the design process.

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2. Circularise, The Hague, Netherlands: Circularise offers digital product passports for end-to-end traceability and secure data exchange in industrial supply chains. Its technology helps companies achieve transparency and sustainability by tracking the life cycle of products and materials.

9. Zaptic, Manchester, U.K.: Zaptic provides job instruction and collaboration tools for frontline teams, along with a no-code toolkit designed to accelerate the digital transformation of daily operations. The solutions help organizations streamline processes and improve communication among frontline workers.

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8. ToffeeAM, London: ToffeeAM provides state-of-the-art, multi-physics generative design software for engineering. Its mission is to empower engineers to optimize engineering components and systems efficiently, enabling them to go further and faster in design processes.

(Hexagon: North Kingstown, RI) — Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has chosen nine manufacturing startups for its third Sixth Sense cohort. The selected companies were selected from a competitive pool of hundreds of applicants, distinguishing themselves with groundbreaking solutions that address critical manufacturing challenges, with a focus on sustainability and digital reality.

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Hexagon’s Sixth Sense Selects Nine Startups to Transform Manufacturing Sustainability

Innovative companies will help reshape manufacturing for a sustainable and digital future

7. RV Magnetics, Košice, Slovakia: RV Magnetics has developed the world’s smallest passive sensor based on MicroWire technology. This sensor combines unique capabilities from electromechanics, electronics, chemistry, physics, applied magnetism, and industrial design, offering diverse applications.

“For this third cohort, we’ve been on the hunt for new innovations that enable manufacturing leaders to lead the net-zero transition— especially with sustainable product design—and we’re thrilled with the caliber of the startups we’ve found to participate,” says Josh Weiss, president of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. “Sixth Sense is designed to pinpoint emerging opportunities for greater innovation, and we’re thrilled to give these companies that are poised for high-growth access to resources and customers that they typically wouldn’t have at this stage in their life cycle.”

4. Flexxbotics, Boston: Flexxbotics specializes in enabling high-mix, automation-intensive manufacturers to create flexible, next-generation machining environments. It uses breakthrough FlexxCORE technology to seamlessly connect and coordinate collaborative robots with existing automation equipment, IT systems, and personnel to deliver autonomous process control.

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These startups will embark on an intensive 16-week journey as part of the Sixth Sense program, collaborating closely with Hexagon to refine their offerings. Ultimately, up to three winners will be selected from the cohort, granting them access to Hexagon’s extensive resources for global expansion, including potential funding, worldwide office space, and Hexagon’s comprehensive suite of products and services. They will also be showcased on Hexagon’s open digital-reality platform for manufacturing, Nexus, providing them access to world-class companies.

6. Rafinex, Niederanven, Luxembourg: Rafinex’s stochastic AI topology optimization helps create safe, lightweight designs. This technology actively manages uncertainty and risks of real-life variability to create uniquely robust designs that remain safe even in off-design load conditions for application in safety-critical performance sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and tooling.

“Hexagon’s commitment to nurturing innovation and driving sustainable manufacturing practices continues to shine through,” says Milan Kocić, head of Sixth Sense, Hexagon. “Each of these startups has demonstrated their capacity to address pressing manufacturing challenges with creativity and determination. Much like our previous cohorts have addressed critical industry challenges, we believe these innovators will play a crucial role in shaping a sustainable future for the manufacturing industry.”