Manufacturing is a process of converting raw materials or components into finished goods or products. For a company that handles a large number of manufacturing products have to track every manufacturing orders efficiently. With an effective and robust ERP, one can easily manage the manufacturing processes without any strain. Open ERP/Odoo encompasses several features to effectively and efficiently manage the manufacturing industry. The Odoo Manufacturing ERP Software helps the end-user to handle the complexity of Production, Manage Bills of Materials, Plan Manufacturing Orders, and Track Work Orders etc.
The working methodology is very simple in Odoo manufacturing. Odoo Manufacturing enables the end-users to create the manufacturing order of a product and pass them in different stages in a production line and complete production. With Odoo Manufacturing one can also customize manufacturing procedure matching your company’s process using WorkCentre and other routing concepts. You can easily manage ‘Scraps’ during any stage of the manufacturing procedure and ‘Unbuild’ a manufactured product if needed. An organization may assign different level users to overlook the entire manufacturing procedure for effective management of the entire process.
If we compare the Odoo manufacturing module with other ERP solution, like in all other modules we can find a lot of unique features which Odoo alone have. For example, features like 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 not available in SAP ERP while Odoo implements all of them. And against Microsoft Dynamics, Odoo has the advantage of features like Equipment / Machine Management, Work Instructions on Work Orders, Maintenance Requests from Shop Floor Terminal, Production calendar, etc.
Let us see one by one of the features in Odoo Manufacturing
With Odoo Manufacturing implementation, it helps the manufacturers to access the business information in one click. It helps the top management officials to manage and monitor all key business information real-time and transform them into business growth.
Manufacturing orders: Manage your products into assembly lines or manual assembly.
Work orders: Launch production of items needed in the final assembly of your products.
Repair orders: Manage repairs of items under warranty or as a service.
2. Schedule & plan
It provides improved control over components inventory, more accurate demand-planning, streamlined production scheduling, and more effective coordination of distribution channels, which enable companies to improve on-time delivery of products, a critical performance metric for manufacturers. Especially if they’re involved in mass production, manufacturers will have a large amount of inventory coming in and going into production. With the help of ERP, manufacturers will be able to track all of this inventory, along with their characteristics, numbers, locations, etc.
Plan manufacturing: Get a clear view of your whole planning and easily reschedule manufacturing.
Organize work orders: Have access to all available resources and plan ahead for your production.
Manage Bill of Materials: Keep track of the availability of items in stock and production time.
WorkCentre Capacity: MRP II scheduler using capacities and schedules of WorkCentre.
3. Define Flexible Master Data
Before manufacturing takes place, routing needs to be properly defined. Routing is basically the methods to create the product using the materials outlined in the BOM. This may involve multiple stages and multiple work centers (the groups of individuals/locations where production activity takes place). Odoo manufacturing does the following:
Create multi-level Bills of Materials: Set a Bill of Materials within another in order to manufacture components of a product in another Bill of Materials.
Optional routing: Create new routines for work orders in order to sequence your production depending on the routing used.
Version changes: Allow your products to evolve and add configurable options when creating orders.
Phantom of Bill of Materials: Create phantom BoM to manufacture and sell products in kits or to build replacement parts.
Odoo manufacturing inspects quality checks for purchased materials before production, in the middle of manufacturing stages, or as final inspections. On account of any problems, the quality check systems in manufacturing ERP helps narrow down the issue, thereby improving the product quality and customer satisfaction.
Control Points: Automatically trigger quality checks for the manufacturing department.
Quality Checks: Deploy your statistical process control easily with checks.
Quality Alerts: Organize your work using the Kanban view of quality alerts.
A manufacturing ERP can also allow maintenance orders to take place for repairs and other fixes. Such orders will organize requests and be assigned to the maintenance team. With ERP systems such as Odoo, these systems can also automate preventive maintenance (regularly scheduled maintenance on items so that they’re less likely to fail) by computing statistics such as average time to failure.
Preventive Maintenance: Trigger maintenance requests automatically based on KPIs.
Corrective Maintenance: Trigger corrective maintenance directly from the control center panel.
Calendar: Schedule maintenance operations with a calendar.
Statistics: Get all maintenance statistics computed for you: MTBF
6. WorkCentre Control Panel
Tablets: Set tablets at every work center to organize their work efficiently.
Record production: Register productions, scan products, lots or serial numbers.
Worksheets: Display worksheets directly on the WorkCentre with instructions for an operator.
Misc. Operations: Scrap products, create quality alerts, and perform checks, right from the WorkCentre.
Alerts: Use alerts to show changes or quality checks to the operator.
7. Business Intelligence
Odoo Manufacturing also gets a detailed analysis report on your production line, analyze the performance of your work centers and production, plan alternative production strategies etc. are some of the qualitative measures Odoo BI engine can suggest to you in manufacturing module.