My company creates our Work Instructions using CAD software so that we can create exploded images of models with part number callouts, so our Team Members know exactly which part goes where on the assembly. These WI’s are then exported as PDF’s which we currently store in MS SharePoint and access using Views. We started looking at Tulip since it is a full fledged MES software that can incorporate not only Work Instructions, but production data analytics and reporting. SharePoint also limits the number of Views you can create to 50, and we are outgrowing that capacity rapidly, so we needed to find a more flexible platform for storing or WI documents and viewing them from the floor.
The biggest issue that I have with storing WI’s in Tulip (aside from the fact that I would prefer more of a Metadata approach instead of the semi-hierarchic structure they currently use), is that when I embed a PDF in an App, it lowers the image quality so that it appears a bit more blurry than the original document. It’s not a terribly significant difference, but it’s significant enough that some of our smaller text becomes difficult to read, which ultimately leads to mistakes on the line and rework. We never had this issue when viewing PDF’s in SharePoint, so I would think that there is some way to retain the original image quality when embedding them in an App.