Industrial IoT startup Tulip obtains $13M Series A financing


Jun 13 2017

Tulip, a Somerville, Massachusetts-based Industrial IoT and advanced analytics app platform announced $13 million in Series A financing at an unknown valuation. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Pitango Venture Capital and some returning angel investors also participated in the round.

The proceeds will be used in customer services set-up, adding new functionality to the Manufacturing App Platform, and developing a community of Tulip users.


Tulip Gateway

Run by Rony Kubat and Natan Linder as the company’s co-founders, Tulip uses cameras, sensors, and Internet-connected tools to help factory floor managers during the manufacturing process.

Tulip’s main products are I/O gateways, USB gateways, cameras, scanners, sensors, specialized devices and human-machine interfaces. Tulip, a spinout from MIT, also announced the launch of a manufacturing app platform at Hannover Messe 2017.

The app platform is modular rather than being rigid software.

Front-line engineers can use the platform to create flexible shop-floor apps connecting workers, machines and existing IT systems. Apps might be visual work instructions, quality and audit forms, and training modules.


Tulip Use Case

Tulip’s IoT gateway integrates the devices, sensors, and machines on the shop floor. ERPs, MESs, devices, and sensors can be added to the Tulip platform.

Tulip charges its clients through a SaaS model on per/bench basis.




More Details

Highlights

+ The key customer segments of Tulip's solutions are consumer electronics, aerospace and defense, contract manufacturing, automotive, apparel, marine, medical-devices and pharmaceuticals.

+ The primary use case of Tulip's IoT enabled apps is to combine machine and operator data to quickly identify and control key drivers of quality.

+ Tulip’s trademark application covers an interactive projector system for projecting information on surfaces or objects.

Additional Coverage

- https://idc-community.com/manufacturing/manufacturing-value-chain/the_human_touch_in_smart_manufacturing

- https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/06/tulip-the-app-platform-for-manufacturers-picks-up-13-million-from-nea/

- http://www.betaboston.com/news/2015/10/05/mit-spin-out-tulip-interfaces-developing-tech-for-the-factory-floor/




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