LTS 4 - November 2020

These are the product updates in the Long Term Support Release 4 of Tulip.

LTS 4 is available now.

Who’s Impacted

These updates will be available for accounts that have elected to upgrade every 6 months with Long Term Releases, rather than biweekly regular release. This is more common for Tulip customers in the life sciences, aerospace, defense, and other regulated industries. If your organization does not utilize LTS with Tulip, then these features have already been rolled out to you over the past few months.

LTS4 Streamlines Compliance

Here are some of the updates and features that LTS4 brings to streamline compliance:

History Widget
The history widget offers visibility and traceability into the creation, update, and deletion of table records. It is an interactive, scrollable widget, that you can embed within your app, and link to a specific table record. The widget will capture data about the current user and session, as well as record timestamps and changes made to values in a table.

Linked Records
With this release, establish relationships between table records through Linked Records. Regardless of what the data within your Tulip Table is, there will likely be a definable relationship between it and another Tulip Table. By utilizing linked records, you can define, manage, and visualize these relationships between different tables.


A popular example of this may include assembly and sub-assembly data, or shift schedule and operator information data.

Custom Date/Time Formatting
From the account settings menu, you can now customize the Datetime Format across your instance. This will allow you to configure Tulip to match the specific Datetime format that your organization uses.
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Mobile App and iOS Support
The Tulip Player is available for devices that are running:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • (new) Android
  • (new) Safari on iOS and iPadOS

The Android player app is available through the Google Play store for Android 5.1 versions and newer. With the Safari browser, simply add “/player” after your instance URL to access the player version of your Tulip account. For more information on Tulip device requirements and recommendations, we have a thorough support article.

And More

  • LTS4 brings support for Importing data from a CSV file
  • You can now print reports directly through Tulip

LTS4 Improves App Building

Building apps in the app editor is core to the Tulip platform, and we are excited by the new features and changes:

Tulip API
Our first publicly available API is the Tables API. This will allow you to interact with Tulip apps outside of the platform! We are excited about the integrations that can be built with your systems and Tulip. This advanced feature unlocks new ways to update a table record with new information, create a table, or get the count of records in a table.

GxP mode
Working with customers in the life sciences, we have updated our GxP features according to the GAMP 5 framework. Here are some of the features and updates under the cloud version of Tulip that we call “GxP Mode”:

Access Control: Tulip can define multiple user roles to enable different levels of access to the app builder and the Tulip Player. Learn more about user roles in Tulip here.

Run Apps Securely on the Shop Floor: The Tulip Player can automatically logout and cancel any running app after a customizable number of minutes of inactivity.

Version Control: Tulip apps are version controlled. Version numbers are logged alongside other data with each app completion. Learn more about app completions in Tulip. You can also only run “Published” apps on stations to ensure proper rollout.

Permissions and Approvals: Your organization can define user roles for the required review of new apps before publishing. In addition, you can configure app building and editing permissions.

Audit Log: Apps and Users have unique IDs assigned to them, and activity history is logged with this information. Dates and times are included in the log as text, and all of the information can be exported as a PDF. Tulip also provided an audit log for individual table records as mentioned above in the Record History widget.

Improvements to E signatures
LTS4 brings improvements to E Signature features in Tulip apps. You can add signature form steps to apps that require operators to add an E Signature to continue in the app. The requirements for a signature can be configured by user type and permissions and can be integrated with LDAP and SAML authentication. Signature completions are recorded with app completion data.

Logbook Apps & Tulip Library
Tulip regularly releases ready-built apps regularly to get you up and running quickly with the platform. These apps are built from common use cases across multiple industries. We have recently launched Logbooks apps for managing digital logbooks. To learn more about library apps, visit our announcements on community.tulip.co.

More Features
In addition to performing analytics on Tulip Tables, we support Dynamic Analytics, and Dynamic filtering of data in analysis and tables, enabling you to see exactly what you need to see.

  • Machine Monitoring in Tulip has seen robust improvements to create an even easier environment for you to connect and track your machine data. Learn more about Machine Monitoring with Tulip here.
  • Tulip supports many different types of Connectors to enable you to integrate with your existing systems. With Interactive data from Connectors, you can build deeper integrations through Tulip.
  • Support for barcode scanning with cameras
  • The ability to now copy and paste Triggers
  • Account Owners can use our new SAML configuration tool to manage the integration between SAML and Tulip. SAML can also be used for approval in application signatures.

Availability

LTS 4 and all of the features above are now widely available for all interested organizations. If you are interested in seeing how Tulip can be implemented in your industry, request a demo of the platform. To learn more about LTS 4 or Tulip, you can get in touch with us today.

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Our instance is not on the LTS schedule, but I noticed some features are not available for us (yet), like the History Widget. Has this fully rolled out? I’m guessing it’s under r195? I’m looking to play around with it to see what it’s capable of.

Hi Jim,

You would be correct, that feature will be under r195. Stay tuned for more next week!

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