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Tulip announces the launch of Factory Kit, the industry’s first quick-start solution for powering digital manufacturing. Factory Kit is 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. 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.”

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.

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. 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. 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 gives 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.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 15:53

Tulip Announces $13 Million Series A Round

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Tulip, the developer of the Manufacturing App Platform, announced $13 million in Series A financing. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) led the round with participation from Pitango Venture Capital and many returning angel investors. Tulip will use the capital to grow its world-class product, design, and research teams, while expanding its customer support capabilities in response to significant customer growth.

While automation and robotics in factory floors continue to grow, the manufacturing workforce is increasingly left behind, using paper-based processes and legacy siloed technology. Manufacturers therefore seek intuitive, self-service digital tools that will drive the next wave of workforce productivity.

Tulip, a spinout from MIT, developed the Manufacturing App Platform to address these needs. The platform brings the power of industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the front-line engineer and operator on the shop floor through self-service apps that allow them to:

  • Create digital manufacturing apps that integrate operator, sensor and machine data.
  • Connect tools, machines, sensors and backend IT systems with industrial IoT.
  • Analyze and visualize production with real-time analytics to implement changes and continuously improve.

Global manufacturers rely on Tulip’s platform to create IoT-enabled apps for a variety of use cases including interactive work instructions, automatic data collection, quality control, audits, machine monitoring, and training. An analysis by Deloitte examining the impact of Tulip at Jabil, a leading global contract manufacturer, found that ​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 over 10 percent increases in yield, and in some cases up to 90 percent reduction in new operators’ training times.

“Our customers realize that modern, people-centric digital tools are key to powering digital transformation in manufacturing and increasing workforce productivity,” said Natan Linder, Tulip’s CEO and co-founder. “We couldn’t have asked for better partners to help accelerate our lead in this exciting marketplace. NEA and Pitango share our vision and drive to revolutionize the manufacturing software market and have unparalleled experience nurturing enterprise software market leaders. We’re excited to keep building, innovating and giving customers the tools they need to transform their manufacturing operations.”

“Tulip is tapping an immense opportunity to disrupt the massive manufacturing software industry,” said Dayna Grayson, Partner at NEA. “We’re thrilled to be partnered with the amazing team at Tulip. We were impressed by Tulip’s track record of attracting some of the world’s largest manufacturers as customers, as well as its deep technology leadership.”

Laurent Vernerey, ​Former CEO North America Operations at Schneider Electric, will join Tulip’s board of directors. “Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform is the next step in the evolution of manufacturing software,” said Laurent. “IoT-enabled self-service apps allow manufacturers to empower their hands-on workforce with digital workflows for lower production cost, higher yield and fewer defects."

After more than two years in development, Tulip is coming out of stealth mode this week by unveiling a manufacturing IoT enabled App Engine at the world’s largest industrial trade show, the 2017 Hannover Messe Fair 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.

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