Note: This topic is featured in the "Introduction to App Building" course in Tulip University.

A frontline operations app is a flexible piece of software that can be tailored to solve individual problems on a shop floor. It can be created without writing any code. 

Apps use visual design, custom logic and, if appropriate, IoT devices to guide operator workflows and collect key information from individuals closest to the operation.

Frontline operations apps turn your value stream into a series of digital processes that integrate operator, sensor and machine data across your production shop floor to achieve your business goals. 

Tulip can be used to create all kinds of frontline operations apps. Some examples include:

  • Interactive Work Instruction
  • Quality Checks
  • Visibility Apps
  • Machine Monitoring
  • KPI Dashboards
  • Audits

Building Tulip Apps is easy using a simple drag-and-drop interface! The Tulip App Editor (shown below) allows process engineers to use an intuitive visual editor to create apps for the production floor. 

The Tulip App Editor allows you to build logic into your apps using "triggers." You can use triggers to control the flow of the App as well as enable data collection.  

In addition to collecting data from operators on the production floor, triggers (as shown below) can push and pull data from various IoT devices, sensors, machines as well as backend IT systems such as ERP and MES via our Connectors infrastructure. 

Apps can be deployed in a click to various devices such as tablets or touch screens that are running the Tulip Player (screenshot of live Tulip Player below). 

Tulip Apps automatically collect data and can process them through our Analytics Builder in real-time. The Analytics Builder gives engineers and operators the tools required to understand and analyze the manufacturing data that is collected within Tulip. 

Here's an example of a single Analysis:

This data can be displayed through KPI dashboards or shared with colleagues without logging into Tulip.

For guidance on building your first frontline operations app, we recommend the Tulip Basics app

App Fields

The app can be customized with the following fields in the "App" tab of the Context Pane:

Process Cycle Time: The anticipated amount of time to complete the app

Variables: A list of all variables in the app

App Resolution: A list of possible resolutions for the app

  • 16:10 Landscape
  • 16:10 Portrait
  • 16:9 Landscape
  • 16:9 Portrait
  • 3:2 Landscape
  • 3:2 Portrait
  • Mobile Landscape
  • Mobile Portrait
  • Letter Landscape
  • Letter Portrait
  • A4 Landscape
  • A4 Portrait

You can also modify this on a step-by-step basis.

App Comments: Comments for the entire app

Notes: Notes on the entire app

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