APRIL 13, 2021, SOMERVILLE, MA - Today, Tulip announced plugins, reusable modular components that extend existing functionality by enabling low-code in addition to no-code, and a developer program, a community for developers editing or creating custom widget plugins, aimed at increasing the extensibility of tools available to citizen developers and enabling enterprises to scale powerful solutions more effectively.
Tulip’s app editor has long enabled engineers to become citizen developers that create and iterate on solutions with no-code capabilities, solving their biggest operational challenges. Now, engineers can benefit from low-code capabilities when creating solutions, either by downloading pre-built widgets or by developing their own custom widgets with low-code.
Engineers can download from a growing collection of pre-built plugins in the Tulip Library, including graphical widgets like gauges that change based on measured data, printing label previews, and connectors like bidirectional integrations to popular ERPs. With pre-built plugins, app builders can extend and customize their apps’ functionality.
Account administrators can manage user permissions and sharing of custom and pre-built plugins across sites and teams, thus enabling customization and governance at scale. Since widgets and connectors are reusable modular components, they can be added across multiple apps and adjusted based on predefined options.
“Extensibility has been a core principle of the Tulip platform,” said Erik Mirandette, Head of Product at Tulip. “We’re excited to add custom widgets to our Plugin offerings, alongside connectors and our open API, letting users extend their apps to solve their operational challenges. The possibilities are endless”
“As part of our Beta program, we gave select Tulip users access to play around with custom widgets and test the new low-code capabilities,” and Mason Glidden, Head of Engineering at Tulip, “it was incredible to see what they built in just a few weeks on their own and the ideas they had for using custom widgets to improve their operations.”
Tulip customers can download any of the seven pre-built widget plugins currently available in the Tulip Library. Enterprise customers interested in building their own custom widgets can nominate select users to the Developer Program. Russell Waddell has joined Tulip to spearhead the program. He most recently headed the MTConnect Institute and brings an extensive background in community-building, as well as technical expertise in digital factory software and hardware.
Tulip, the leader in frontline operations, is helping companies of all sizes, across industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, industrial equipment, contract manufacturing, medical devices and others equip their frontline workforce – leading to improved productivity, higher quality, and increased efficiency. A spinoff out of MIT, the company is headquartered in Somerville, MA, with offices in the UK, Germany, and Hungary. It has been recognized as an MES Challenger on the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Frost and Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the year and a World Economic Forum Global Innovator.
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