Odoo in Manufacturing

The key to a profitable manufacturing facility is a lean production process, and Odoo implementation can help.

The Odoods team has worked with various industrial clients throughout the Midwest, providing a single ERP and CRM solution with detailed inventory management, job costing, and kanban scheduling. To ensure proper Odoo implementation for a manufacturing business, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Define all use cases and current systems
  • Clearly lay out all products
  • Define all variances for each product
  • Set up work stations within Odoo
  • Create the routes for all steps associated with the manufacturing process
  • Establish ordering rules for all consumable parts
  • Have a detailed bill of materials for all manufactured products
This might seem overwhelming at first, but creating manageable steps will make the implementation much simpler. With the right Odoo team, you can greatly improve your facility’s workflow to save time and money. Let’s take a closer look at several of the recommended steps.

Configuring Odoo for Use Cases

First, the Odood team will need to work with the manufacturing company to study current manufacturing systems and tasks. The team can then build the use cases necessary to complete all relevant tasks. The use cases are the foundation for configuring Odoo, so this is an extremely important step; at this point, the Odoo team will begin to address the manufacturing facility’s specific needs, addressing unique challenges in the company’s work flow. This is also where the team will determine whether they will need to develop custom modules.

Creating a Parts Management Inventory with Odoo

Start with a detailed inventory of all products, including consumables used during manufacturing. You also need to understand all of the variances and how they affect the manufacturing process and bill of materials.

Manufacturing Work Stations & Routes

Define work stations and where the products are manufactured within your client’s facility. This will allow you to establish workflows within Odoo, and once work stations are established, you can determine the routes you’ll need for the manufacturing process.

Odoo Ordering Rules

If the facility runs out of parts during the manufacturing process, productivity will suffer, so you need to establish rules that kick off purchase orders. This keeps the production process lean and ensures that equipment runs efficiently.

This is a bird’s eye view of an Odoo implementation in a typical manufacturing facility. Naturally, each step will present its own challenges, which will need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but an experienced Odoo team can ensure an effective implementation.