Tulip helped Jabil make their complex assembly processes more efficient.



Jabil using Tulip apps for manual assembly

The Challenge

Tulip teamed up with Jabil, a leading global contract manufacturer, to guide complex electronics assembly. Operators on Jabil’s manufacturing line build over 40 different models of complex electronic assemblies, each with a unique combination of components.

Before Tulip, front-line engineers relied on paper-based work instructions and audit procedures to guide operators and identify process inefficiencies. Jabil needed to maintain the highest quality and efficiency standards despite a high variety of assembly requirements. Operators needed the right information available at the right time to ensure the correct components were included in each assembly. Additionally, non-value-add steps had to be identified and eliminated quickly.

Jabil production

The Results

50% increase in throughput

Using Tulip’s platform, Jabil created apps that helped guide operators through complex assembly processes in a high mix environment, with over 1500 unique assemblies per year.

60% reduction in manual assembly-related quality issues

The data gathered from the shop floor was continuously analyzed with Tulip’s analytics engine-visualizing KPls through dashboards that Jabil’s front-line engineers tailored to meet their unique needs. Guiding, tracking and analyzing both operator and machine data in real-time made root cause analysis and continuous process improvement easy despite low volume production runs.

10% increase in production yield

Tulip allowed Jabil’s process engineers to take an agile approach to their processes, integrating feedback from the production line without knowing how to code.

“Before Tulip, it wasn’t practical to
conduct in-depth analysis to optimize every process. However, Tulip makes this level of analysis effortless. Now we have real-time insights that let us optimize even low volume production runs.”

Quality Engineer, Jabil

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