Economic growth, modernization, workplaces, infrastructure development, international trade – the manufacturing sector seems to be the major force of all global processes, as apart from providing specific products to its customers, it creates a sprawling network of correlated services and suppliers. 

While manufacturers set the direction for development, the IT sector defines its tone by coming up with new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems for manufacturing to optimize production processes in the non-stop commercial world. One such solution is the Odoo ERP system, which allows manufacturers to monitor and manage the production lifecycle from a single point of access. Let’s explore how it works.

What Is Odoo ERP?

Odoo is a set of applications (modules), each being dedicated to a particular area of business functioning; together they create a comprehensible outlook into the company’s functionality and form an ERP system. 

The modular structure of Odoo creates its agile nature – based on business demand, the modules are added gradually, forming an entirely automated company structure. This makes Odoo a good fit for any kind of company, regardless of its size. 

The manufacturing sector is one of the most challenging in terms of management, as the production chain comprises a variety of activities to monitor, such as production planning, product lifecycle management,  inventory management, warehouse, manufacturing, E-commerce, customer relationship management, billing, accounting, project management, and more. With Odoo manufacturing business software, the scattered performance points become unified under one platform – Odoo ERP. 

In simple terms, Odoo for manufacturing provides a single platform of control with access to multiple process subsections.

Odoo Manufacturing Management Modules

Infographic featuring five Odoo Manufacturing Management Modules - Production planning, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Inventory management, Sales, Quality control

Odoo Manufacturing Management Modules

Production planning

Production planning allows businesses to define the overall capacity of production, identify their customers’ demands, and organize relevant manufacturing operations.

Odoo manufacturing ERP software addresses the ‘what, when, and how much’ questions, thus meeting customers’ expectations and resolving potential under- or overproduction problems, as well as reducing lead and cycle times while elevating the company’s KPIs. Production planning with Odoo optimizes the manufacturing process and provides end-to-end automation, reducing the level of errors and thereby increasing overall efficiency.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Efficient product lifecycle management is crucial for every manufacturing company, as it provides all-around support and control for all the product-related processes – from product ideation to manufacturing and service. 

Odoo Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offers a comprehensive approach to coordinating product concept development, design, manufacturing, marketing, and after-release support stages. It records all the product-related information and brings it to a unified platform, where manufacturers get the required information whenever needed. Timely reports let the users keep track of all the operations, anticipate, and thus, prevent possible problematic issues. 

Inventory management

Proper inventory management ensures that manufacturers have the right amount of stock at their disposal, thereby preventing the issues of over- and understocking. 

Odoo manufacturing inventory system is an efficient double-natured solution, as it allows both tracking inventory replenishment and warehouse performance, bringing even more efficiency into the management process. A convenient application, Ventor, that is designed for Odoo integration of warehouse management, ensures that all users are guided to work effectively with the company’s inventory operations. An efficient utilization of resources also minimizes waste, reduces carrying costs, and optimizes storage space. 


Having streamlined the production process, Odoo’s modules go further and provide the tools for managing the movement of goods to consumers. 

The Odoo Sales module allows manufacturers to organize, manage, and control the sales process from quotation to delivery. The implementation of the Sales module provides efficient selling, automated quotations, product and price control, KPI tracking, order and contract management, streamlined communication, and so on.

Quality control

Quality is a critical component of any kind of business; its control should be performed at every production stage.   

Odoo’s quality control module helps businesses perform all the quality-related processes like inspections, certifications, and tests; timely reports are used to spot errors in production or relevant services and address the issues to corresponding departments.

Odoo quality control can be performed for single or multiple products within the same production cycle. 

The Final Thoughts

The manufacturing sector is necessary for the global economy. With Odoo ERP, manufacturing becomes a fully monitored and streamlined process, which can be managed through a single access point. Odoo is a flexible and dynamic solution that provides tools for automating and monitoring the production process; the combination of both is perfect for a smoothly running and profitable business.

Optimize your Manufacturing with Odoo

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