Smart Workstation Combines Manual Production System with App Platform
Bosch Rexroth (boschrexroth.com) and Tulip (tulip.co) have launched a Smart Workstation as a joint customer-focused product that combines Bosch’s manual production system with Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform to create a powerful Industry 4.0 workstation.
The Smart Workstation leverages IoT-enabled manufacturing apps to transform traditional bench-top operations, increasing operator productivity, improving quality, and collecting and visualizing real-time manufacturing data.
“We’re excited to partner with Tulip to bring the best of our technologies to market and make Industry 4.0 more accessible to manufacturers around the world,” said Rodney Rusk, Industry 4.0 business leader at Bosch Rexroth. “Manufacturers today expect a digital manufacturing experience. Smart Bench allows them to get up and running with Digital Manufacturing Apps in minutes” he added.
Tulip CEO Natan Linder added, “We’re proud of this alliance with Bosch Rexroth. This is the first time manufacturers are able to design their digital experience online and get a fully functional workstation delivered on their shop floor, ready to use out of the box. This will completely redefine the manufacturing workbench”.
To expand upon the relationship, the Smart Workstation integrates Bosch’s IoT devices such as the Bosch XDK110, an environmental sensor; the Bosch Rexroth ID200, an RFID system; and the Bosch Rexroth Nexo, a cordless nutrunner have been added to the growing supported Device Ecosystem, which makes them ready to use with Tulip.
The Smart Workstation is built to order and comes retrofitted with a Tulip I/O Gateway connecting all devices and machines to Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform, a Tulip Light Kit, an easy-to-program pick-to-light solution, and other industrial sensors to get manufacturers started with IoT-enabled manufacturing apps. The bench also includes access to Tulip’s growing collection of app templates ready to use and customize.