Alternative Work Centers

Manufacturing several different products simultaneously at the same work center is a common issue for manufacturing companies. Although in practice, employees can manufacture the goods at another work center instead of waiting for one to be available, it’s not always simple to have visibility on which work center is busy and plan resources accordingly in real-time.

With Odoo, you can configure alternative work centers to solve this issue. This automatically checks which work center is busy and which equivalent ones are free, and schedules orders and maintenance accordingly.

This way, your process becomes more efficient, as work center utilisation is optimised.

Configure your Work Centers

First, go to the Manufacturing app ‣ Configuration ‣ Settings. Then, enable the Work Orders feature and hit Save.

Work order settings ticked in Odoo Manufacturing.

Now, go to Configuration ‣ Work Centers and create two new work centers. Add the second work center as an alternative to the first one and vice versa.

Create a secondary work center as an alternate to the first.

Next, go to Products ‣ Bills of Materials, choose your product, and add these work centers to the operations of your BoM.

Add work centers to Bill of Materials operations.

Create your Work Orders

Now that everything is configured, you can create your Work Orders.

Go to Operations ‣ Manufacturing Orders, and hit Create. There, add your product to your manufacturing order and plan it. You can then retrieve them from the Work Orders list view, under Operations > Work Orders.

Each new Work Order, which will be created before the end of the first one, will be scheduled at the alternative work center you configured, as shown below.

Work order creation and scheduling.

Note

Keep in mind that, if you add time after production to your work center, you may have work orders scheduled for your alternative work center even if the usual one is free.