Tulip Interfaces, the Manufacturing App Platform, and our network of world-class partners are planning a 3 week road show this June. We’ll be co-hosting events across multiple cities and states to raise a glass, share a meal, and discuss the value of agile manufacturing for discrete manufacturers.   

What is Agile MFG?

Some parts of the manufacturing organization have reaped the fruits of software-driven agility. Project lifecycle management (PLM) software has transformed product development. Computer aided design (CAD) software has revolutionized design. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has made finance and accounting more efficient.

Tools for the manufacturing shop floor, however, haven’t changed much since the 90s. Many operations leverage multi-year, inflexible and centrally-planned manufacturing execution systems (MES). These systems don’t work for everyone, and they can become obsolete soon after implementation. Visit the average factory and you’ll see most shop floor processes, from work instructions guiding complex assemblies to quality checks, done with pen and paper. When workers collect and analyze data, it’s done manually.

All of this is particularly ironic when you realize that both the Agile and DevOps movements of developing and operating software borrow heavily from Kanban and The Goal – cornerstones of lean manufacturing ops and industrial engineering. The Agile processes are present on the shop floor, yet absent from the software systems that power it.

This begs the question: What if instead of top-down planning, manufacturing workers and industrial engineers could test bottom-up innovations. What if they could put in place processes to drive higher throughput, lower lead-times, improve yield, reduce waste and improve quality? All from the shop floor, one manufacturing line at a time. How much value could manufacturers unlock with tools as agile as they are?

How does Tulip fit in?

Tulip is a manufacturing app platform that lets manufacturers optimize the productivity of their shop-floor. The shop floor gets visibility into formerly hidden processes with simple to use visual applications and real time data. All without writing a single line of code.

Tulip’s manufacturing app platform arrives for manufacturing ops teams at a time when no-code platforms like Salesforce, Marketo, ServiceNow, and Zendesk have similarly transformed the roles of sales ops, marketing ops, IT ops, and customer-services teams. This allows employees from operators, to engineers, to executives to drive agile manufacturing best practices.

“We are very excited to collaborate with some of our great channel partners to plan local events over the course of these three weeks touching multiple industries in discrete manufacturing, and leaving local manufacturers with a desire to quickly adapt Agile manufacturing practices with a bottom up approach.  There is no better way to begin that journey quickly than with Tulip and our trusted network of partners.”

Jarrad Morelli, Tulip’s Channel Manager

We have dates scheduled for Marlborough, MA, Maple Grove, MN, Syracuse, NY, Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA, so follow these links to register for the event nearest you. More information to come soon, but please get in touch if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!