Hexagon Announces Winners of Third ‘Sixth Sense’ Startup Cohort

  • Flexxbotics and Zaptic named winners in Hexagon’s Third ‘Sixth Sense’ cohort, spotlighting advances in robot-driven manufacturing and connected worker platforms.
  • Winners gain access to Hexagon’s global resources, including potential funding, office space, and product suites, for scaling their operations.
  • Hexagon’s initiative underscores commitment to nurturing startups that propel the digitization and automation of the manufacturing industry.

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence announced the winners of its third ‘Sixth Sense’ cohort, an initiative aimed at fostering innovation within the advanced manufacturing sector this week. This year, Flexxbotics and Zaptic emerged victorious, recognized for their contributions to robot-driven manufacturing solutions and operations platforms designed for the connected manufacturing workforce. The announcement follows a rigorous selection process that included a pitching competition among eight participating startups.

“Sixth Sense with Hexagon has been a tremendously valuable experience, and we’re thrilled to be selected as the industry 4.0 manufacturing robotics software winner of the program. We believe that the fleets of robots in the smart factory will run lights-out production, and that integrated inspection will be the critical ‘eyes & ears’ of autonomous manufacturing.”

Tyler Bouchard, Co-founder & CEO at Flexxbotics

Flexxbotics was awarded for its innovative technology focusing on workcell digitization, enhancing the capabilities of robot-driven manufacturing. Similarly, Zaptic garnered accolades for its platform that digitizes operations and fosters operational excellence within the manufacturing environment. These startups were selected for their potential to accelerate the digitization of the manufacturing industry, addressing key challenges related to automation and productivity.

As winners, Flexxbotics and Zaptic will receive access to Hexagon’s extensive resources aimed at supporting global expansion. This includes potential funding, worldwide office space, and an array of Hexagon’s products and services. Moreover, they will be featured on Hexagon’s cloud-based digital reality platform, Nexus, offering them visibility among world-class companies and opportunities for integration and collaboration.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a winner for Sixth Sense, and we’re thankful for the invaluable guidance and support we’ve received. As knowledge and skill gaps continue to widen, manufacturers desperately need a more efficient way to secure and build capability in the workforce. Partnering with Hexagon will allow us to meet this need at scale with Zaptic’s AI-guided connected worker solution integrated with Hexagon products and service, delivering guided machine operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance to end users.”

Sandy Reid, Co-founder and CCO at Zaptic

Hexagon’s commitment to advancing the manufacturing industry through digital technologies is evident through the ‘Sixth Sense’ initiative. Launched in January 2022, Sixth Sense aims to identify and support startups with cutting-edge innovations that address significant industry challenges. By providing a platform for high-growth startups, Hexagon seeks to facilitate access to vital resources and customer networks, fostering a conducive environment for innovation and development.

The success of the ‘Sixth Sense’ program reflects Hexagon’s broader strategy to leverage digital reality solutions in enhancing manufacturing processes. By supporting the integration of sensor, software, and autonomous technologies, Hexagon aims to increase efficiency, productivity, and safety across various sectors. The company’s Manufacturing Intelligence division plays a crucial role in this endeavor, offering solutions that span design, engineering, production, and metrology to make manufacturing smarter.

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