Tulip & SDA
Both Tulip and Software Defined Automation are committed to optimizing operations by reducing the complexity of existing systems and improving security with self-optimizing technology. Today, companies mainly rely on hardware PLCs and require highly specialized automation engineers trained for a vendor’s specific technology stack to set up and reprogram PLCs. Often this leads to ultimately opting out of automation altogether. Tulip and SDA are introducing a way for companies to set up and adjust automation systems with virtual PLCs on Tulip edge hardware - as easy as cloud applications while maintaining high-performance real-time behavior.
“Putting the power of edge connectivity into the hands of the engineers closest to operations has been incredibly effective for opening up opportunities for frontline operations, giving them the ability to set up full loop optimization as well will be truly transformative.”
“Together with Tulip, we bring real-time control back to the hands of frontline workers. It has never been easier to integrate with automated systems--with the press of a button real-time control loops running on Tulip’s Edge IO can be set up and altered from any Tulip application."
“As VMware invests in powerful, real-time capabilities to drive the virtualization of manufacturing environments, this integration with SDA and Tulip is a great example of how industrial shop floor systems can be virtualized and operations become more automated, resilient, and future-proof.”
How We Work Together
State-of-the-art virtualization technology is combined with a real-time virtual PLC runtime and controlled in the cloud to update and deploy logic with a 10ms response time.
Advanced Edge Connectivity
The Tulip Edge IO device supports powerful high-speed current and vibration measurement, enabling engineers to monitor stranded equipment in the cloud. With Edge IO, engineers can incorporate data from devices, machines, PLCs, and sensors into apps through industrial I/O ports and USB connectivity.
Full-Loop Factory Optimization
Combining vPLCs with Edge IO creates a closed-loop monitoring system, enabling engineers to use Tulip apps to deploy updated logic programs through the cloud while monitoring their industrial equipment in real-time.
VMware Edge Compute Stack
Tulip and SD demoed their solution at the Tulip Experience Center running on VMware Edge Compute Stack.
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