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Can Barcode Integration in Odoo 17 Create Manufacturing Orders on the Fly?

Every eliminated step, every streamlined process translates to increased output and a sharper competitive edge in a manufacturing unit. In this relentless pursuit of optimization, technology plays a pivotal role. 

Barcode integration : a seemingly simple solution with the potential to revolutionize the way you manage production in Odoo 17.

This blog delves into a question that piques the interest of many manufacturers: can barcode integration in Odoo 17 automate the creation of manufacturing orders on the fly? 

Let’s explore the technical possibilities, discuss clever workarounds and unveil the multitude of benefits that await those who embrace this barcode-driven transformation within Odoo 17.


Odoo 17 offers a robust Manufacturing module, aptly named MRP (Material Requirements Planning). This module empowers manufacturers to manage the entire production lifecycle, from creating bills of materials (BOMs) to scheduling production runs and tracking inventory levels.

However, manually entering data into the system can be time-consuming and prone to errors. Here’s where barcode integration shines.


Barcode technology allows you to encode information into a machine-readable symbol. By integrating barcode scanners with Odoo 17, you unlock a world of possibilities :

1) Faster Data Entry : Eliminate the need for manual data entry by scanning barcodes on raw materials, components and finished products. This not only saves time but also minimizes data entry errors.

2) Real-time Inventory Management : With each scan, Odoo 17 can update inventory levels in real-time, providing you with complete transparency into your stock holdings. This allows for better forecasting and informed production decisions.

3) Improved Traceability : Barcodes enable you to track the movement of materials throughout the production process, enhancing traceability and facilitating quality control measures.

4) Enhanced Shop Floor Control : Equip your shop floor workers with barcode scanners to streamline production tasks. They can scan materials to confirm availability, track progress against manufacturing orders and even trigger quality control checks.


While Odoo 17 doesn’t currently offer a built-in functionality to directly create manufacturing orders based solely on barcode scans, there are workarounds that leverage its existing features :

  1. Predefined Manufacturing Orders : Create pre-defined manufacturing orders for commonly produced items. These orders can specify the required raw materials and quantities.
  2. Scan-to-Fill Functionality : Integrate a custom module with Odoo 17 that allows scanning barcodes of components to automatically “fill” the predefined manufacturing orders. This essentially reduces manual data entry for the bill of materials.
  3. Work Order Creation with Barcodes : While not directly creating manufacturing orders, barcodes can be used to trigger the creation of work orders within existing manufacturing orders. By scanning a raw material barcode, a work order can be initiated for the specific production stage that utilizes that material.

Important Note : Implementing these functionalities might require customization or the use of third-party modules. Consulting with Odoo development experts like Pragmatic Techsoft can help you determine the best approach for your specific needs.


Integrating barcode technology with Odoo 17 in your manufacturing operations offers a multitude of benefits :

  1. Increased Efficiency : Streamline data entry, reduce errors and accelerate production processes.
  2. Improved Accuracy : Real-time data updates ensure accurate inventory levels and production tracking.
  3. Enhanced Traceability : Gain complete visibility into the movement of materials throughout the supply chain.
  4. Reduced Costs : Minimize labor costs associated with manual data entry and potential production delays.
  5. Better Decision-Making : Access real-time data for informed production planning and resource allocation.

By embracing barcode integration within Odoo 17, you can gain a significant competitive advantage in today’s dynamic manufacturing landscape.

While Odoo 17 doesn’t natively create manufacturing orders directly from barcode scans, the combination of predefined orders, custom modules and work order creation with barcodes offers a powerful alternative. Integrating barcode technology with Odoo 17 unlocks a treasure trove of benefits for manufacturers, leading to increased efficiency, improved accuracy and ultimately, a stronger bottom line.

Stay tuned to Pragmatic Techsoft’s blog for further insights on how Odoo 17 can revolutionize your manufacturing operations.  We are a team of Odoo experts with extensive experience in implementing and customizing Odoo solutions to meet your unique business needs.  

Connect with our team today to discuss how barcode integration with Odoo 17 can streamline your manufacturing processes and propel your business forward.


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