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Tulip Launches Industry's First Digital Manufacturing Quick-Start Kit
The Tulip Factory Kit provides access to Tulip's cloud-based Manufacturing App Platform, as well as sample apps and analytics ready to use out of the box. The Kit includes the building blocks engineers need to get started with Manufacturing Apps, including a Tulip I/O Gateway that lets them connect their devices to the apps they build, and the Tulip Light Kit for driving Pick-to-Light (PTL) processes. Photo courtesy of Tulip Interfaces/PRNewswire.
SOMERVILLE, Mass.–Earlier this year, Tulip Interfaces launched its Factory Kit, reported to be the industry's first quick-start solution for powering digital manufacturing. Factory Kit is said to be an intuitive self-service solution that "includes everything that engineers need to quickly design, build, and deploy Manufacturing Apps without writing code."
"While automation within manufacturing organizations has grown significantly, the manufacturing workforce has been left behind by technology," said Natan Linder, Tulip's CEO, in a press release. "Manufacturing engineers still rely on paper and legacy technology to collect data, and workers on the shop floor lack the productivity tools we take for granted in other industries. We started Tulip to change this through our Manufacturing App Platform, and today we're launching Factory Kit to make it even easier for engineers to get started."
Factory Kit leverages Tulip's award-winning Manufacturing App Platform, which brings the power of Industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the front-line engineer and the associate on the shop floor. Manufacturing Apps integrate human, sensor, and machine data, allowing engineers to gain actionable insights, implement process changes, and continuously improve their operations, the company said in the release.
Factory Kit provides access to Tulip's cloud-based Manufacturing App Platform, as well as sample apps and analytics ready to use out of the box. The kit includes the building blocks that engineers need to get started with Manufacturing Apps, including a Tulip I/O Gateway that lets them connect their devices to the apps they build, and the Tulip Light Kit for driving Pick-to-Light (PTL) processes. Also bundled with the kit are an array of IoT sensors and devices, including a break beam sensor, environmental sensors, barcode scanner, foot pedal, and tower light.
Factory Kit lets engineers go from prototype to production in a few hours, on their own, without needing to know how to code. Tulip said that the time-to-value for the kit is "unprecedented in the industry."
"On my own, I was able to create apps that really drive process improvements and help increase efficiencies without needing a support team of IT. It can be done intuitively through the software itself," said Drew Pope, senior process engineer at Nautique Boat Company, an early adopter of Tulip.
The Tulip Factory Kit is said to give manufacturers the chance to push bottom-up digital transformation initiatives and empower their engineers–the people closest to their operations–with the tools they need to digitize their processes.
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