Tulip has always believed that manufacturing is at its best when people and machines work in concert. However, that does not mean that people and machines need to be in the same physical location.
As the industry has grown more connected and IoT 4.0 is maturing, the need to be in the same machining cell, department, or even the same building has diminished.
Decisions driven from machine data can be made from anywhere in the world, without even setting eyes on the equipment that is being monitored.
New Urgency for Remote Monitoring
Tulip has always believed that this type of remote monitoring would be crucial for the future of manufacturing.
What we didn’t expect was how much that need would be accelerated with the recent global events tied to COVID-19. Companies have moved to working remotely (including Tulip) whenever possible – but where does that leave the manufacturing industry? Manufacturing cannot exist without people producing physical products.
Some plants have shut down until further notice while others have implemented essential personnel only policies. Whatever decision is right for your business, Tulip may help in adapting to a status quo where people are working remotely more than ever before.
For example, a supervisor can monitor their machines in Tulip as long as they have access to the internet.
They can also use the other tools available in Tulip (e.g. SMS, Tulip Tables) to troubleshoot and communicate remotely. If a machine stops running or throws an error they can review the situation and communicate to the person running the machine directly. This enables good social distancing practices and, if done right, could also make interactions like these more efficient in the long run.
Manufacturing is the backbone of the world economy and you can see its impact on the world markets as production has slowed or halted.
At Tulip we want to help companies weather the storm in the best way we know how – by enabling people and machines to work together efficiently… and remotely.