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The process of creating a finished good or product from the raw materials or components for future utilization is called manufacturing. A company or an established firm that manufactures many of such products in large quantities need to make sure  that they are all tracked properly for delivery purposes. An effective and robust ERP  helps in handling these processes easily. Open ERP/Odoo is one of the software that can do so. The reliable software helps the user in handling the complex production and management processes of the firm such as managing the bills of materials, planning how the manufacturing happens, and tracking the manufactured and packaged orders, among other of its features.    

Open Source ERP for Manufactur​ing

Odoo manufacturing is based on a very simple working methodology. This methodology  enables the end-users to be in control of their order by creating it and passing it to the following stage of the product line for its completion. Odoo manufacturing also gives its user the ability to reshape the manufacturing procedure to a process that resonates with their company’s by using WorkCentre among other routing concepts. The user also gets the ability to manage ‘scraps’ and ‘unbuild’ a manufactured product if deemed necessary. Different levels of users can be assigned by an organization to keep a watch  on the entire manufacturing procedure for better management.


When compared to the other competing ERP solutions in the market, the Odoo manufacturing module in itself consists of many unique features that make it a better option. For example, byproducts, routing facility, single BOM for multiple product variants, MRP II scheduler, Master production scheduler, Kanban Planning, Production calendar, Backward scheduling, Work orders, Repair, etc. are only some of the features that SAP ERP does not and Odoo does. Even when compared against Microsoft  Dynamics, it has many unique features such as Equipment / Machine Management,  Work Instructions on Work Orders, Maintenance Requests from Shop Floor Terminal,  Production calendar, etc. that make it better than its competitor.  

Let's discuss more such features of  Odoo Manufacturing  below.  

1. Manage:  

Odoo manufacturing’s implementation helps the manufacturers in accessing the information and the data of their business just by clicking on a single button. It enables real business information tracking that can help the top management officials of the company in transforming the business into a better one.  

Manufacturing orders:  This refers to the ease in managing the assembly line and the products that are being manufactured.  

Work orders:  Launching the products after their final assembly procedure with ease.  

Repair orders: Ease it taking care of the items under warranty that are to be repaired or serviced  

2.  Schedule & plan

  Odoo’s service provides the user company with absolute control over its components inventory, demand planning accuracy, effective coordination of distributing channels. This allows the company to improve on their delivery timings, which is very important for customer satisfaction. Even more so, if they are working on a global level or mass level, which would refer to them consisting of huge amounts of goods coming and going. Being able to track these live inventory changes can be quite tiring and frustrating. ERP can unload all of this pressure with its competitive abilities to track every product, along with its ease of use that can provide relief to the user.  

Plan manufacturing:  Get easily notified of the work that is happening in real-time and plans the manufacturing accordingly.  

Organize work orders:  Ability to have access to all the resources that can be utilized for creating a better work strategy.  

Manage Bill of Materials:  Being able to track all the changes that are happening to the inventory in real-time.   

WorkCentre Capacity:  WorkCentre allows the user to schedule all the things that are necessary for the company  

.  Define Flexible Master Data  

Routing needs to the priorly defined to manufacturing to take place properly. Routing is the strategy that is based on the method to create a product using the BOM’s outlined materials. Multiple work stages and multiple work centers ( the location where the production of a product takes place) can be involved in this process.  

Create multi-level Bills of Materials:  Set the bill of materials in a nesting method so that components of another product can be manufactured in another bill of materials.  

Optional routing:  Recreate the routines for the work orders so that the production can be sequenced according to it.  

Version changes:  Make sure to keep evolving your products and adding new configurable options when they are creating orders.  

Phantom of Bill of Materials:  Create phantom BOM to manufacture and sell products in kits or to build replacement parts.  

4 .   Quality  

Odoo manufacturing is the best in business for manufacturers for it checks the quality of the material that is to be used for the production of goods. This check is made before,in between, and at the end of the production stages. When a problem occurs, the quality checking system of the ERP narrows down the problem to its most basic, so that it can be taken care of.  

Control Points:  Automatic triggers for quality checks all along the production line.  

Quality Checks:  Carry on the regular checks that require statistical processes.  

Quality Alerts:  Be able to organize the work with the help of quality alerts in the Kanban view.  

5 .   Maintenance  

Maintenance orders can also be allowed to take place by the manufacturing ERP to carry out repairs and other fixes. Such orders will be assigned to the corresponding teams based on the nature of the order. ERP systems similar to that of Odoo can easily carry out preventive maintenance (so that they are less likely to fail) procedures with the help of computed statistics such as the average time for the failure of a certain task.  

Preventive Maintenance:  KPIs-based automated maintenance request trigger.  

Corrective Maintenance:  Control center panel directed the corrective maintenance trigger.  

Calendar:  Schedule maintenance operations within and with the calendar.  

Statistics:  Get all maintenance statistics computed for you with the help of MTBF.  

6 .   WorkCentre Control Panel  

Tablets:  Use tablets to work efficiently by organizing the work center with them.  

Record production:  Make sure to register the productions being done, scan the products made and their serial numbers too.  

Worksheets:  Display the worksheets accordingly with the instruction with WorkCentre for an operator.  

Misc.  Operations: Handle scrap products, create quality alerts, perform quality checks from and with the help of WorkCentre.  

Alerts:  Use alerts to show changes or quality checks to the operator.   

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7.   Business Intelligence  

Odoo manufacturing also provides a detailed analysis report received from the analysis made by its system from the data of you the production and management teams. This allows creating new strategies based on real-time data. These are just some of the functions that Odoo’s BI engine can perform properly and are suggested by its manufacturing module.