COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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Tulip is committed to supporting the front-line worker on the manufacturing floor and in the medical field. Our engineers have developed use cases, apps, and integrations to support manufacturers and open source manufacturing efforts contributing to the fight against COVID-19.

If this is you, email covid19@tulip.co and we’ll be in touch.

Page last updated: April 7, 2020, 3:32 PM

Supporting Rapid, Remote Production and Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies

Maskon App

How do you track and coordinate supply, demand and delivery in a distributed manufacturing organization?

Maskson.org is an open source effort emerging to meet the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) demands of front line medical service providers. Tulip began working with Maskson.org on March 27th and as of April 3rd, we have fully deployed an information system to coordinate the efforts of manufacturers and couriers to get critical medical supplies delivered to clinicians and hospitals. As of April 6th, we have almost 400 PPE delivered via the system, and counting. 

The Problem

The impact the virus has had on the overall global supply chain has left the medical service without access to the PPE they need to treat for COVID-19. Makers and manufacturers in the Maskson.org community wanted to help, but they were trying to coordinate a massive effort through paper forms, google spreadsheets and slack messages which they knew wouldn’t scale at the same rate as their needs for production.

The Product

MasksOn designed a reusable mask for the frontline that is compatible with a handful of off-the-shelf filters that meet N95 requirements. The product catalog also extends beyond MasksOn design to support the sourcing and distribution of 3D printed face shields from a range of vendors.  

The Goal

Ramp from 0 to 1000+ masks per day in a week’s time and produce and distribute 80,000 masks over the next 6 weeks.

The Solution

The suite of Tulip applications – truly, an information system – was built in 4 days, and coordinates production and fulfillment of these essential medical supplies based on location, supply and demand. This scalable production system has integrated an order requisition app, fulfillment manager app, inventory manager app, and courier app. The connected system enables the inventory manager to monitor reorder points of parts, the fulfillment manager to reserve demands based on inventory, the production team to generate shipping labels and tracking information, and the courier to accept and deliver parts all in real time. The system is scalable and easily extendable to other areas. First stop: Boston. Next stop: New York!

Reference community.tulip.co for the full current demos of the suite of applications. 

Please check maskson.org for instructions and information about the mask kits.

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The Problem

Hospitals, manufacturing facilities and essential services around the US are struggling to maintain operations while controlling and ensuring a safe work environment for the employees and staff. In addition to monitoring the health and wellbeing of the staff, the facilities often need to comply with social distancing regulations that may be mandated by the local government. Spreadsheets and forms may be able to capture data but they aren’t robust enough to be able to broadcast alerts when facilities are at capacity, or to refuse access to a building if an employee is experiencing any form of symptoms.The organizations want confidence that their staff is safe and that the system is controlled.

The Solution

Tulip lean experts built three apps; a mobile app for employees, a checkpoint app for the entrance/exit to facilities, and a facilities management app. These apps allow remote screening for symptoms of COVID19 before an employee comes on site, tracks movement and density throughout an operation to monitor capacity, and in the event of a confirmed case, traces possible exposure. On top of the functional apps, the system as a whole has a messaging system that allows alerts to be sent at the team or plant level, should a critical incident occur. 

Reference community.tulip.co for the current demos of the COVID19 applications. 

Collaboration: Microsoft + Tulip integration

Problem

Now more than ever, manufacturing operations are relying on decentralized work and digital communication. Organizations that use Microsoft Teams as their primary communications and collaboration tool need alerts and messages from their mission-critical software, like Tulip. 

Solution

Using Tulip connectors and trigger actions, messages can be sent directly through Microsoft Teams from Tulip applications. The value is real-time communication in their native messaging tool, connecting team members no matter where they are in the world.

Collaboration: Slack + Tulip Integration

Problem

The customer uses Slack as a primary communications channel and wants alerts and messages from Tulip apps.

Solution

Using Tulip connectors, messages can be sent directly using trigger actions.

Remote Monitoring of Assets

Problem

Manufacturers are looking for ways to monitor operations without setting foot into the factory. 

Solution

Tulip’s remote machine monitoring capabilities enable manufacturing leaders to 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, Microsoft Teams integration) to troubleshoot and communicate remotely. If a machine stops running or throws an error they can review the situation and communicate directly with the machine operator. 

COVID-19 Apps: Mask Process Audit

Problem

Hospitals have dedicated staff at entrances to check that frontline health workers correctly wear masks to ensure their effectiveness. They’re using paper-based, manual processes. Data collection is slow, and it’s impossible to track useful metrics.

Solution

In 6 hours, a Tulip lean expert built a mobile app based on Kimishibai, or work instructions for auditing a process, that could be used to audit whether health care workers have their mask on correctly. 

The manufacturing industry can broadly use this type of app to address other process use cases.

This app is being made available open-source by Tulip on https://community.tulip.co/

COVID-19 Apps: Population Density

Problem

Everyone goes shopping at the same time. These peaks increase infection risks for supermarket visitors. Some stores have positioned an employee at the door, increasing risk for that person as well.

Solution

Automatically track the capacity of a store using sensors and publish the current status for that location. Customers can then check online to plan their visit helping to ‘level load’ the in person visits.

This app is being made available open-source by Tulip on https://community.tulip.co/