2020 is a year to remember for the World and for Tulip. 

We’re ending 2020 and starting 2021 grateful. The year was full of challenges and opportunities, and we are moving forward due to the support and contributions from our team, our customers, and the greater industrial community.

Despite everything that happened in the year 2020, Tulip had a productive year.  With the cancellation of in-person conferences and events due to Covid-19, we shifted toward building community forums and virtual events, enabling our customers to share app-building best practices and discuss their successes and lessons learned. It was gratifying to hear firsthand from customers how important Tulip was to their pandemic-response strategies, including improving manufacturing agility, worker safety, and productivity. 

We continued to grow our user base, expanding rapidly into Life Sciences and GxP industries. We launched new products, new partnerships, and even won a few awards. 

We couldn’t have done this without your support, and we want to thank you! Let’s look at some of the highlights from the last year. 

Tulip introduced vision capabilities for building powerful Tulip apps with off-the-shelf cameras

In 2020, Tulip announced intuitive, no-code Vision capabilities that are easy to set up, configure, and use and allow you to turn inexpensive cameras into powerful pieces of vision hardware. The new Vision capabilities include change detection and jig detection, which build on the barcode and QR code reading capabilities that are available with previous versions of Tulip. This capability is already in use at several manufacturing sites across the globe.

Build applications for fault reduction, real-time feedback, data collection, production visibility, and quality assurance — the use cases for Vision in Tulip are endless. 

Change Detector and Jig Detector features are just the first set of capabilities to become available to customers. Tulip will continue to invest in Computer Vision technologies in 2021. The newly released Vision capabilities are now available in beta to all Tulip Accounts and integrated with the newest release of the Tulip Player.

Tulip introduced two new computer vision detectors - change detection and jig detection.

Tulip introduced two new computer vision detectors – change detection and jig detection.

Tulip launched the first industrial app library

At the very end of 2020, Tulip released the world’s first-ever library of easily configurable industrial apps, templates, and connectors to help manufacturers accelerate their digital transformation. 

Recognizing that ready-to-use manufacturing solutions did not exist, we built the Tulip Library to give users the ability to go from identifying business needs to creating value as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Both Tulip customers and free trial users can sign in, click the “Get App” button, and get started on configuring apps in their accounts.

This body of library content is constantly growing and improving as Tulip encounters new use cases and as new features enable more elegant ways of solving tough problems. 

The Tulip Library allows you to search for best practice manufacturing apps, connectors, and more.

The Tulip Library allows you to search for best practice manufacturing apps, connectors, and more.

Tulip continued to introduce new GxP functionality and content

At the beginning of 2020, the Tulip team decided to make the introduction of functionality for GxP and Enterprise customers a top priority. Over 2020, we realized that goal by releasing GxP functionality in two big pushes – in May and in November. 

GxP Mode for Meeting GxP Requirements

The term “GxP Mode” describes the version of its cloud software that is used by customers with GxP requirements. GxP Mode includes Access Control, Version Control, Automatic Player Logout, Approvals, Audit Logs, App Building Permissions, and eSignature for operators.

Improvements for Digital History Records 

To increase the flexibility in creating apps to view Electronic Batch Records and Device History Records, Tulip introduced the History Widget to offer visibility and traceability into the creation, update, and deletion of table records. Additionally, Tulip introduced the ability to Link Records and establish relationships between table records.

The Tulip Library team created the GxP Documentation apps that use this new functionality.

Build and use digital history record apps with Tulip.

Build and use digital history record apps with Tulip.

Tulip hosted events and created communities for sharing best practices

In 2020, we learned the importance of remaining connected to our peers and sharing our experiences and lessons learned. 

  • In October, Tulip hosted the first part of the Agile Manufacturing Series: Agile Manufacturing 101. This half-day event was packed with interactive sessions designed to help manufacturers take the next step in transforming operations with digital tools.
  • In November, Tulip hosted the second part of the series, A New Era: The Future of Life Sciences Manufacturing. We brought together life sciences industry experts and practitioners from GSK, Johnson & Johnson, AWS, and technology integrators to discuss their experiences in operation transformations and quality management with digital apps.
  • In January, Tulip showcased the spindle assembly line and AGV line at DMG MORI’s Open House in Pfronten
  • In March, the Tulip Community team launched a Covid-19 channel to facilitate collaboration between manufacturers working to support covid-19 efforts: from scaling up production of equipment to shifting production to make masks and other PPE to providing remote work opportunities to workers.
  • Throughout the year, Tulip hosted and published stories of manufacturing agility in the face of Covid-19: Stratasys rapidly transitioned production to produce and donate tens of thousands of face shields; MasksOn built a national logistics system to manage orders, manufacture, and distribute PPE; Meter rapidly shifted to manufacture the Rise Emergency Ventilator, which required parts from partners; and DoubleH, a B2B UK nursery, rapidly shifted from B2B to B2C Orchid deliveries.
  • In August, Tulip hosted a Facility Safety panel discussion and open Q&A session with leaders from Terex Corporation, Beca Limited, and Piaggio Fast Forward.
  • In July, we hosted a panel discussion with manufacturing leaders to celebrate the founding of New England (AMHUB). The conversation centered around the pandemic, the resulting changes to manufacturing, and the role of people and technology in responding to the new realities.
  • In May, we launched the StackOverflow of manufacturing, MFG.works. Since there wasn’t a go-to-place for manufacturing conversations, we decided to build an online place for manufacturers to connect, learn, and collaborate. 

Tulip focused on building educational materials to support new and advanced Tulip app builders

In 2020. Hence, the launch of Tulip University, a learning platform with video lessons and hands-on app-building exercises. The growing list of courses currently includes Introduction to Manufacturing App Building and courses around building apps for work instructions, production visibility, and machine monitoring. 

The Tulip team continued to expand the Tulip Knowledge Base with useful how-to articles and videos. In addition, the Tulip team continued to expand the online Tulip Community forum and hosted weekly Office Hours to answer questions and demonstrate new features.   

Tulip continued to be recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the world

In 2020, Tulip customers and several organizations recognized Tulip for its innovativeness and offerings. Several Tulip customers wrote reviews of Tulip on Gartner’s Peer Insight site, giving Tulip a 4.9 out of 5 as a Rapid Mobile App Development Tool, 4.9/ 5 for an MES solution, and 4.9/5 as an Industrial IoT Platform

Additionally, Tulip earned recognition as a hot startup by several organizations.  

Tulip expanded its ecosystem with new implementation partners and technology integrations

This year, Tulip expanded its go-to-market partner program, technology ecosystem partner program, and connected devices partner program. Notable new go-to-market partners include Seabrook and Sequence, and new technology ecosystem partners include Nymi and NetSuite. Learn more here.

Tulip thought leaders presented at industry events.

  • Tulip’s CEO and Co-founder, Natan Linder, spoke at the Global Lighthouse Network’s workshop hosted by McKinsey & Company and the World Economic Forum,“Sparking the Fourth Industrial Revolution in U.S. Manufacturing.”.Linder joined other innovators and leaders to help spread the benefits of the 4IR more broadly.
  • MassRobotics hosted a Robotics in Manufacturing event as a part of their signature series, connecting those in need of robotics and automation, to those with technology and solutions. Pablo Tosta, the Digital Manufacturing Solutions Lead, shared how Tulip is addressing the challenges manufacturers face on a daily basis.
  • Erik Mirandette, Tulip’s Head of Customer Operations, joined our partner, DMG MORI USA, at this year’s Digital Event. He showed how no-code apps are the fastest way to digitizing manufacturing workflows.
  • Tulip’s Manufacturing Practice Lead, Gilad Langer, spoke at the ISPE’s “A View into Pharma 4.0 Technologies to Support Human Activity” and shared his insights on shifting the focus from technology to the people who are using them.

On behalf of the entire Tulip family – Thank you and we wish you a great 2021!