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With the joint goal of transforming the frontline workforce, Tulip and Microsoft work together with seamless integrations, helping manufacturers modernize their operations and bring the tools of the “factory of the future” into the present day.
Using tools like Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Hololens, and Microsoft Teams, Tulip’s Frontline Operations Platform brings the composable, no-code platform driving your factory’s frontline operations and the digital resources used to run a modern business together, keeping the frontline worker at the center. With this human-centric approach, Tulip and Microsoft strive to build workforce resiliency by empowering those closest to your operations with the tools they need to perform their work more effectively and efficiently.
Tulip is used by companies across industries, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, industrial equipment, contract manufacturing, medical device, and others, to equip their frontline workforce with cutting-edge technology previously unseen on the factory floor. With a focus on building human-centric solutions, Tulip has helped companies of all sizes improve productivity and quality, from small, single-product sites to global enterprise operations.
Empowering the human workforce in frontline operations
Microsoft and Tulip share the vision of creating more agile factories, engaging the workforce, and ultimately contributing to a more resilient and sustainable future for manufacturing. This is established through the various powerful integrations between Tulip’s Frontline Operations Platform and Microsoft solutions, which together cover the entire frontline operations value chain and empower human workers at every step of the production line.
Tulip runs on Microsoft Azure
Running on Microsoft Azure as a cloud-based application, Tulip’s Frontline Operations Platform features a high level of compatibility and integration with existing business systems already using the Microsoft cloud service. Easily deployed, Tulip’s platform can quickly impact the entire value chain through specific use cases, such as logistics management, supply management, and assembly instructions.
Together, Microsoft Azure and Tulip’s no-code platform create a trusted set of solutions that utilize a true hybrid model, bringing together the best of both the plant floor and the cloud environment in a multi-cloud scenario.
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics to synchronize data in real-time
Tulip’s Frontline Operation Platform features downloadable connectors in our App Library that pull work orders directly from Microsoft Dynamics to reduce data capture and manual status update redundancy, eliminating the need to synchronize data offline. Manufacturers can also update work orders on Dynamics directly from Tulip.
Aside from reducing implementation and operation costs, the combined power of Tulip and Microsoft Dynamics brings manufacturers complete visibility and control of their entire production floor. Operators can make faster and more accurate decisions with complete, contextualized, and real-time data.
Computer Vision powered by Microsoft Azure Custom Vision
Computer vision capabilities have always been more challenging to incorporate into frontline operations, with reliance on vendors to implement and update systems. With anomaly detection powered by Azure Custom Vision, Tulip puts the capabilities back in the hands of the engineers closest to the operations. Engineers can set up, configure, and adjust the computer vision technology to fit the needs of the workstation and not the other way around. Azure Custom Vision also allows manufacturers to train machine-learning models to detect anomalies for quality inspection.
Augmented Reality dashboards and inspection with Hololens
Tulip apps run on the Hololens to create hands-free workflows for frontline operators. Operators can now benefit from augmented reality and wearable hands-free dashboards to monitor equipment and production without needing to touch a screen.
Augmented reality and wearable technology streamline many common processes in frontline operations and bring real-time data to the hands of the operators, reducing errors and speeding up decision-making.
Ready-made connectors with Microsoft Apps
Tulip’s Frontline Operation Platform is integrated with the Microsoft 365 App Suite, allowing better connection and collaboration between frontline operators, supervisors, and engineers. For example, with Microsoft Teams integrations, operators can send messages and calls directly from the Tulip to request direct assistance from engineers or supervisors.
Tulip is integrated with Microsoft Apps through ready-built connectors, which reduces implementation time and time to value. The built-in integrators also reduce the barrier for non-technical users to get started with advanced integrations in a truly low-code, intuitive, and human-centric fashion.
The integrations above combine Tulip’s Frontline Operation Platform and Microsoft solutions to streamline, digitize, and modernize daily operations. But more importantly, the solutions created empower human operators to make better decisions and democratize the shop floor. In a rapidly changing business environment, human-centric solutions like those offered by Tulip can help organizations scale sustainably while keeping the focus on their most important resource–their workforce.
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