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At Operations Calling™ Tulip announced Machine Kit: an easy way to monitor your machines and production equipment with an edge device and current sensors. Machine Kit is available for purchase now, and it only takes 30 minutes to start seeing real-time utilization. If you are new to Tulip and want to gain visibility into your production, or if your team is already using Tulip and wants to quickly integrate your machines and equipment, Machine Kit can help. Order Machine Kit today →
Monitor any equipment
Production bottlenecks and downtime occur in every operation, and sometimes it is difficult to know what is going on with your equipment and its utilization. Manually tracking this data can be time-consuming and isn't practical in most situations. In addition, your equipment may not be able to connect to a network, which can prevent you from tracking the KPIs you care about, such as uptime and utilization. That's where Tulip and Machine Kit come in.
Tulip's machine monitoring capabilities help you gather real-time insights from your equipment quickly and easily. Machine data can be easily added to dashboards and applications, appearing when you need it and giving you a better understanding of what is going on in your plant.
If your equipment is already connected to a network, Tulip can connect to it. But what if your equipment is stranded, not connected to a network, or not easily configurable?
Bringing machines "online" with sensors and an edge device is an easy and affordable way to avoid upgrading your equipment or reducing the time and cost associated with building custom software solutions or integrations. With Machine Kit, we take this concept a step further and enable you to start tracking your KPIs in just a few hours, without writing any code.
Set up in 30 minutes
When you first receive your kit, you'll have everything you need to get started instrumenting a machine and getting that data into Tulip. If you are an experienced app builder, the setup is simple and intuitive, guiding you through setting up and connecting your Edge device and downloading the Tulip Library app.
New to Tulip? Once you've explored the platform and learned the basics of no-code apps (we recommend taking a look at the Knowledge Base), you're ready to set up your Machine Kit.
Here’s how it works:
Set up the Edge MC
Connect the current clamp
Install the Tulip Library app
Get insights and data from your machine
Here is what you will find in the box:
Edge MC: A low-profile tulip edge device for connecting machines, devices, and sensors to the cloud.
Two Current Sensors: These current clamp sensors attach to a power source and monitor current draw. Why two? If you want to try out monitoring two machines in a process, or have an equipment line with two power sources you can easily connect them to a single Machine Kit.
Phidget Hub: This hub acts as a bridge to connect the power sensors to the Edge MC.
Machine Monitoring App: Although not actually in the box, this downloadable Tulip Library app is designed to work with the Machine Kit and can be set up in just a few clicks to monitor your production floor utilization and production.
See how easy it is to set up in our walkthrough video below:
Track utilization in real-time
We provide an intuitive app experience that's ready to use on a tablet or computer at your machine workstation or on the go in your facility. The Machine Monitoring Terminal app can be used with any number of machines, and demonstrates best practices for viewing state changes and utilization in Tulip. The app shows how to set up machine monitoring for the first time to track key metrics.
Want to add more functionality? Do you have an existing Tulip app in your production that you want to extend with machine data? The Tulip platform makes it easy to configure your apps the way you want. Simply add metrics and machine monitoring widgets to your other apps, or create your own app that combines exactly the data and functionality you need.
If you are not sure where to start or looking to see how else you can incorporate machine data into your own apps, the Tulip Library is a great place to start.
Ready to go further?
While Machine Kit is an easy way to start monitoring your equipment, Tulip supports production ready machine monitoring at scale. Teams can connect their equipment and data sources, to monitor entire production lines, machine shops, and global operations. Thousands of machines are monitored daily providing valuable insights and performance data to their teams across dozens of industries. It is easier than ever to start connecting your operations to the internet.
Machine Kit is available for purchase now for $375 and shipping if you are in the US. If you are outside of the US, please reach out to us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to assist you in ordering a kit. The kits will begin shipping at the end of October.
You can learn more about Machine Kit by checking out our walkthrough documentation, setup video, or exploring the included Tulip Library app. If you have any questions about machine monitoring with Tulip, or want to see it for yourself, reach out! We are here to help.
Monitor Your Machines and Equipment, Fast.
Learn more about Machine Kit and order yours today to get started with machine monitoring.