Connect frontline workers with the Unified Namespace
As companies are increasingly looking to keep their costs low and control their data, many are shifting away from a "cloud-first" approach and instead moving more components of their IIoT stack on-premise (”plant-centric”). One of the popular architectures that has emerged as a result of this trend is the "Unified Namespace” based on MQTT.
However, one drawback of a Unified Namespace is that it primarily focuses on objects such as PLCs, production lines, connectors, and databases, leaving the human element of the production process - the machine operator - unaddressed. Tulip is an effective solution that addresses this gap by allowing machine operators to interact with the Unified Namespace, making it the ideal tool to bridge the human-machine divide.
Tulip connects human-focused parts of the production process, such as assembly cells, to the Unified Namespace by providing work instructions and enabling operators to capture data for traceability and reporting. The solution can be fully integrated into the production process, from automatically reading the results of testing stations and inputting them into the system, to controlling pick-to-light systems, creating a seamless symbiosis between the human operator, the production process, and the equipment.
Tulip can be retrofitted onto existing equipment and act as an operator cockpit, that centralizes all relevant information in one place. This could be a combination of machine and MES data, such as the next order to be produced or the progress of the current order. Additionally, operators can enrich the automatically generated machine data with manual notes and context, providing valuable insights that can not be captured automatically, such as product ABC needs to be double checked or machine is making weird noises.
Tulip can serve as a quick and efficient replacement for traditional MES systems in smaller companies. For example, it allows supervisors to easily adjust and re-arrange production orders, and push them to machines and assembly stations for execution. Additionally, it can be used to centralize and gather data from the shop floor, such as operator feedback and reports, providing a comprehensive view of the production process.
Tulip, the leader in frontline operations, is helping companies of all sizes and across industries, including complex manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, equip their workforce with connected apps– leading to higher quality work, improved efficiency, and end-to-end traceability across operations. A spinoff out of MIT, the company is headquartered in Somerville, MA, with offices in Germany and Hungary. You can learn more at Tulip.co.