Tulip launch Factory Kit for Industry 4.0

Published 23 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: hardware, iot, manufacturing, tech, industry 4.0, tulip

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ll be familiar with the concept of Industry 4.0, and while there are as many interpretations as there are experts on the subject, one of the cornerstones of the ‘next industrial revolution’ is the Smart Factory.

The technology industry is practically foaming at the mouth and expounding on how its toolset technology and product ‘align with the movement’, yet if you want to dip your toe into building a smart assembly environment or factory, it’s difficult to know where to start.

To help with this start-up Tulip has launched its Factory Kit, that when combined with its software as a service offering for connecting hardware to intelligent work instructions, shopfloor monitoring, analytics and much more, gives users the chance to start to explore the potential without costing you a small fortune in consulting and services.

You’ll find the host controller, light controls, bar-code scanner, beam breaker, foot pedal, and much more - all of which is designed to allow you to experiment and get up and running along with a subscription to Tulip’s platform as well. How much? $3,500.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t a closed system by any means. Tulip states that the Factory Kit includes an array of devices that let you start experimenting with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In addition to these devices, Tulip offers a growing library of supported devices you can use with the Tulip apps you build.

The Tulip I/O Gateway (also included with Factory Kit) can connect to a growing library of supported devices - with one RS232 serial port, sixteen channels 24V digital input, four channels analog input, 8 channels digital output and six USB ports.

Any 0–24 volt industrial sensor can be connected to Tulip’s I/O Gateway and interpreted as a boolean in Tulip.

“While automation within manufacturing organisations has grown significantly, the manufacturing workforce has been left behind by technology,” said Tulip CEO Natan Linder.

“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.”

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