Last updated: November 25, 2019


Product Lifecycle Management

Product lifecycle management(PLM) under Odoo deals with engineering change orders (ECO). As the name implies, Engineering Change Orders (ECO) are the procedures carried for applying changes in the product components, documents or assemblies. Changes can be with respect to processes, work instructions or changes in the specifications.

For Instance, if the existing BoM for a product is not available in the market, and one has to update the BoM. So here, one has to use the ECOs.


Install the Manufacturing module as well as PLM module.

The available options under PLM includes:

Overview: Here, one can see all the engineering change order types and number of changes going on in each ECO.

Changes: Here, one can view all the engineering change orders in different formats such as kanban, list, calendar, pivot, graph. Also group them on the basis of product, state, and stage or a custom group.

Master Data: Products, Bill of materials of products, Routings, and Work centers come under this section.

Reporting: Analyze all ECOs by reporting.


Under the section, one can edit ECO stages, create ECO types and ECO tags.

Creating ECO Types

Enter the name and email alias. Click Save to mark changes.

Now, going back to the overview, gets you the glimpse of newly created ECO type.

Now enter the ECO changes via clicking ENGINEERING CHANGES BUTTON. You will be redirected to a new page like below:

One can add different stages to the ECO type via adding columns.

Here four stages are specified:

New: For creating new engineering change orders.

In progress: For the ECOs which are in progress.

Approvals: This stage is for setting approval for a change for the corresponding officials. Approvals for stages can be set in stage settings. Here one can add both officials and approval types.

Effective: This stage is used for confirmed ECOs. Here one can apply changes and this stage will be marked as the final stage in the stage settings, also select allow to apply changes for applying ECO changes.



For that go to PLM Overview> Engineering Change order

Click CREATE button, to create new ECO.

Under the field, one can see different stages through which ECO passes.

Short summary: Under the option, one can give a short summary of the ECO.

Type: Here one can choose the ECO type.

Apply on: Utilizing the option, one can decide where the order has to be applied. Apply on Product Only/ BoM/ Routing /BOM and Routing.

Effectivity: Date on which the changes should be applied.

One can add tags for the ECO, description related to the change and its reason under the note tab. Later save the changes and confirm start new revision.

Any changes made say new documents uploaded, then the corresponding number of revisions will be notified on top of the ECO.

This is the engineering change order of Product in PLM module. Like this, one can create ECO in bill of material, routing, both routing and BoM. ECO in the product will allow the end user to update the documents related to that product. One can find the updated documents as the attachments of the product. Also if the product undergoes engineering change order based on the product, it comes under the components of another product.



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