Tulip has launched Factory Kit, which it claims is the industry’s first quick-start solution for powering digital manufacturing that includes everything engineers need to quickly design, build and deploy Manufacturing Apps without writing code.
Factory Kit uses Tulip’s 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 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.
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, says the company.
“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.
“While automation within manufacturing organizations has grown significantly, the manufacturing workforce has been left behind by technology. 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,” said Natan Linder, Tulip’s CEO.
“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.”