Midwest Manufacturing Software: Why It Makes A Difference (And How Odoo Helps)

In the American Midwest, manufacturing is big business.

In fact, it’s the largest sector of the American economy, making up about 36 percent of the United States gross domestic product in 2015.

Data from the National Association of Manufacturers shows that Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois are national leaders in manufacturing, and Indiana added an astounding 19,700 manufacturing jobs from January of 2014 to April of 2015. That’s good news for the industrial sector (and even better news for the Midwest).

But while the manufacturing industry is growing, it’s also becoming more competitive. Companies that adapt new technologies—particularly software—gain a major advantage, but change sometimes comes slow to established manufacturers, particularly when using software for planning, sales, accounting, and other applications. The good news is that, when properly implemented, software tools are especially effective at improving workflow, optimizing efficiency, and increasing sales.

There’s just one problem, and it’s a big one: optimization. Standard enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems promote a one-size-fits-all solution for manufacturing businesses, regardless of product, workflow, or other variables. That means that while massive software platforms might provide almost everything that a business needs, it also provides hundreds of unnecessary features, which bog down productivity.

Software that isn’t optimized for a manufacturer’s distinct workflow quickly falls flat. Many of the most common tools also have trouble porting information between platforms, so manufacturers end up with separate ERPs, CRMs (Customer Resource Management), and Material Requirements Planning (MRP).

Even if the software is ultimately well designed, employees don’t know how to use it, managers hate it, and eventually, it falls out of use, dismissed as a failed experiment.  For businesses that invest heavily in their management software, this is frustrating, to say the least. Large ERPs can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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Using Odoo as Midwest Manufacturing Software

At Blue Stingray, we’ve worked with dozens of planning and management platforms. We’ve come to a simple conclusion: Odoo is ideal as a manufacturing ERP, as its open source suite of tools provides limitless options for customization. Major businesses like Hyundai, Toyota, and Jack In The Box use Odoo for its powerful feature set, but given its versatility, the platform’s also an excellent choice for small companies, industrial manufacturers, and everything in between.

Odoo can function as an MRP, CRM, and ERP, automating many employee tasks and greatly improving workflow. From sales leads to accounting, billing, and project management, Odoo has dozens of applications, customizable for each manufacturer, which directly translates to a quick return on investment. For users, it’s simple and intuitive. For managers, it’s incredibly powerful.

The platform’s main advantage is its support of “modules,” dedicated apps designed to handle different tasks. When customized by a capable Odoo development team, these modules conform to a manufacturer’s existing workflow (rather than attempting to force workers to change their established processes).

Implementing a Better Midwest Manufacturing Software Solution with Blue Stingray

industrial manufacturing ERP CRM OdooThe Blue Stingray team has provided Odoo services for the Midwest branches of major manufacturers, and we’ve seen firsthand how the ERP saves money and improves efficiency at every conceivable level.

In each case, we start by understanding every aspect of production, sales, accounting, customer relationship management, and any other application our client wants to improve through Odoo. We study all of our clients’ current systems, even out-of-date software platforms, to find out how the workflow could be easily improved by a better ERP solution.

We then work with existing Odoo apps and create new modules as needed, transforming the core software suite to meet the client’s needs. Our work doesn’t end with implementation; through onsite visits, frequent follow-up, and additional updates, we fine-tune the software while making sure that every employee feels comfortable with its functionality. Typically, this is one of the easier parts of our job, as Odoo is designed to be usable from Day 1.

For Midwest manufacturing businesses, the right ERP software provides enormous advantages. Given the growth of the industry, we expect software management and planning software to play a larger role at many manufacturing facilities over the next decade. Odoo is the perfect solution—and Blue Stingray is the ideal Odoo partner for bringing the platform to your business.

Upgrade Odoo Apps From Command Line

Every once in a while, you will run into an issue during Odoo development that causes an internal server error in one of your Odoo databases. This could be caused by some different issues:

  • Pulling down code updates without restarting the Odoo processes, preventing python files from generating the proper .pyc files.
  • Not properly updating the applications that were affecting from pulling down code changes.
  • Not updating across all databases that have the effected applications installed.

Let’s assume we have one Odoo instance currently running. I can view the processes by running a ps aux and greping for the script name.

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Why Odoo 10 Will Change the Role of the Manufacturing ERP


Blue Stingray’s Odoo team is excited to announce support for the newest version of the Odoo enterprise management application suite.

In 2014, Odoo released version 9, which included a large upgrade to the Odoo accounting app. Version 10 will provide an equally significant upgrade to the Manufacturing app, along with a set of new features that will further improve functionality for Odoo users in a variety of industries.

Odoo concentrated on upgrading its Manufacturing app for this release because most manufacturing software applications and ERPs are outdated, clunky, and complicated. Manufacturers often have to resort to using multiple software solutions to handle their day-to-day needs, which inevitably results in efficiency issues.

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BHS Odoo Success Story

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Odoo is a flexible, powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) platform, capable of enhancing efficiency and providing a simplified workflow for businesses in all industries. Blue Stingray specializes in Odoo design and implementation, but this case presented a unique set of challenges due to size of the client’s operations (and the age of their old ERP).

Introduction:

Battery Handling Systems, Inc. (BHS) is a leading provider of motive power and material handling solutions. As a market leader, the company serves an international base of clients, offering hundreds of high-quality products to businesses in the warehousing and logistics industries. BHS expanded its product offerings significantly over the past decade, but outdated ERP software was creating several issues.BHS needed a custom ERP and CRM solution that was powerful, flexible, and easy to learn. Blue Stingray began work on the project in June of 2015. Continue reading “BHS Odoo Success Story”

Odoo MRP Comparison

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Odoo MRP Comparison

The Odoods team has given Odoo ERP demos to companies as big as Dish Network. Larger companies like to see how Odoo compares to other ERPs like SAP and Microsoft Dynamics.
Odoo recently released an ERP comparison white paper:
“Odoo is an open-source suite of business apps. It is built on a modular structure in which each app covers one business function and each app is installed as needed. Odoo is available to be installed on-premises as well as in the cloud. Odoo recently released a new version of its manufacturing app suite, adding quality, maintenance, PLM, and expanded MRP and MES functionality. In this document, we will compare the on-premises configuration of the latest release, version 10. Support and implementation services for the onpremises edition are sold by Odoo certified partners, while support for the SaaS is provided by Odoo itself. The on-premises edition has thousands of community-developed modules which add or modify functions, allowing a high degree of flexibility. The SaaS only allows the installation of the three-dozen modules officially supported by Odoo Inc. “
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Improve Your Supply Chain and Inventory Management with Odoo

Simplify your whole supply chain management by using double entry system
There’s no point searching for a totally different solution when you can use what you already know. You don’t need to be groundbreaking to be successful, why reinventing the wheel when you can apply a perfect solution without lot of R&D?

In the case of warehouse management, using the same approach as for accounting is a good solution to improve your inventory management and the whole supply chain. The double entry system has been considered as best practices since the 13th century and nowadays it’s widely-praised for its efficiency and accuracy.

Simplify your whole supply chain management by using double entry system
There’s no point searching for a totally different solution when you can use what you already know. You don’t need to be groundbreaking to be successful, why reinventing the wheel when you can apply a perfect solution without lot of R&D?

In the case of warehouse management, using the same approach as for accounting is a good solution to improve your inventory management and the whole supply chain. The double entry system has been considered as best practices since the 13th century and nowadays it’s widely-praised for its efficiency and accuracy.
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