Success in manufacturing requires having the right materials in the right location at the right time. 

With Tulip, you can automate inventory tracking, giving you a real-time picture of how goods and products move through your operation.

The Challenge

In many operations, inventory tracking is a manual, labor intensive job. Production planners keep track of shipments and supplies on spreadsheets, and manual entries are prone to error. 

Further, tracking the usage of particular materials throughout production requires close observation. Given the extent of inventory usage in many factories, tracking the flow of goods and materials can involve guesswork and estimation. 

Without an accurate understanding of how different lines use inventory, it’s difficult to plan shipments and coordinate supply chains. This lack of visibility can lead to capital tied up in excess inventory or continuous unused capacity. 

The Solution

Tulip inventory management applications provide an easy, automated way of tracking inventory from raw goods to finished product. 

With Tulip, you can store inventory counts to a custom, no code table by scanning a barcode. If you’d prefer to enter quantities manually, you can do so by creating and updating counters for particular objects or SKUs in the platforms.

Using counters in Tulip, you can enter the quantities of any material you use in your operation.

Engineers can configure tables to track the inventory metrics that matter most to them, like shipment date, quantity, SKU, units, and more. When a shipment comes through the door, the information is automatically stored in a table that provides a single source of truth for inventory usage.

Inventory tracking applications are most effective when integrated with digital work instructions. Work instruction applications can be configured to automatically deduct parts and materials from the inventory table as operators progress through a process. 

no code tables help simplify and automate inventory management
All of your inventory information is stored in no code tables. When inventory is used during operations, the tables automatically update.

By tracking inventory usage by step, you can gain a granular understanding of how goods flow through your operation. It enables you to see which operators on which lines are using materials, as well as the rate at which each item decreases. This data can be used to determine exactly how long it takes you operations to exhaust a given shipment, and give you the insights you need to optimize shipping schedules. 

Further, you can set thresholds in applications to notify production planners when an item needs to be restocked. 

Interesting in building inventory apps for your operations or modifying a template? Sign up for a free trial today.