After more than two years in development, Tulip is coming out of stealth mode this week by unveiling manufacturing’s first IoT-enabled App Platform at the world’s largest industrial trade show, Hannover Messe 2017 in Germany. Tulip, a spinout from MIT, brings the power of Industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the front-line engineer through its shop-floor apps. This revolutionary self-service technology fills the gap between rigid back-end manufacturing IT systems and the dynamic operations taking place on the shop floor.
While automation in factory floors continues to grow, manufacturers often find their hands-on workforce left behind, using paper and legacy technology. Manufacturers are seeing an enormous need to empower their workforce with intuitive digital tools. Tulip is a solution to this problem. Front-line engineers create flexible shop-floor apps that connect workers, machines and existing IT systems. These apps guide shop-floor operations enabling real-time data collection. Tulip’s IoT gateway integrates the devices, sensors and machines on the shop floor making it easy to monitor and interact with previously siloed data streams. The platform’s self-serve analytics engine lets manufacturers turn this data into actionable insights, supporting continuous process improvement.
Tulip is approaching the problem differently than other tech vendors. Rather than offering a rigid software solution that cannot address customers’ unique and ever-changing needs, Tulip has created a modular platform that gives engineers the tools they need to create their own unique digital solutions. This enables an unprecedented degree of flexibility and ease-of-use that is not typically associated with existing solutions.
In one analysis examining the impact of Tulip’s system at Jabil, a leading global contract manufacturer, Deloitte writes:
“Tulip is a new cloud-based operating system that feeds IoT production-line data in real time to workers on a shop floor through their smartphones and tablets. By monitoring this information stream as they perform their production tasks, workers can respond on the fly to process changes. The results? Production yield increased by more than 10 percent, and manual assembly quality issues were reduced by 60 percent in the initial four weeks of operation.”
Other customers have seen similar results, including over 20% increase in throughput, and up to 90% reduction in the training time required to qualify new operators.
Tulip is deployed at dozens of F500 customer sites in six countries across multiple industries: consumer electronics, aerospace and defense, contract manufacturing, automotive, apparel, marine, medical-devices and pharmaceuticals. The Hannover Messe fair will be the first large-scale public unveiling of their digital solution. Tulip will be in the USA pavilion, Hall 6 at Stand G52/8, from 24–28 April. Come by Tulip’s stand to see the first self-serve Manufacturing App Platform first hand.