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Does the addition of MO priority and employee avatars in the shop floor view of Odoo 17.1 improve production visibility?

Streamlining production processes and achieving optimal visibility are paramount for success. Manufacturers constantly seek solutions that enhance efficiency, reduce errors and improve overall responsiveness. 

Odoo 17, with its introduction of  MO priority and employee avatars in the shop floor view, aims to address these very concerns. But does it truly translate to improved production visibility? Let’s delve deeper and explore the impact of these features.


Odoo’s Shop Floor module provides a dedicated interface for managing production on the factory floor. It offers a visual representation of Manufacturing Orders (MOs), allowing employees to track progress, access work instructions and log time spent on tasks. This real-time information stream empowers teams to make informed decisions and identify potential bottlenecks proactively.

The Power of MO Priority in Shop Floor Management

Prioritizing Manufacturing Orders (MOs) effectively is crucial for optimizing production flow. Odoo 17.1 introduces a dedicated field for setting MO priority within the shop floor view. This allows supervisors to clearly communicate which orders require immediate attention based on factors like due dates, resource availability or customer urgency.

Imagine a scenario where a high-priority order for a critical component suddenly arises. By utilizing the MO priority feature, supervisors can easily highlight this order on the shop floor interface, with a red or bold font for instance. This ensures employees focus on completing it first, minimizing delays and streamlining production according to pressing business needs.


The inclusion of employee avatars in the shop floor view adds another layer of clarity and accountability. By visually associating employees with specific tasks within MOs, communication becomes more streamlined. Supervisors can readily identify which employee is working on a particular order, facilitating real-time progress updates and troubleshooting.

For instance, if a supervisor notices a delay in a specific MO stage on the shop floor interface, they can directly address the employee assigned to that task through a chat window or notification. This fosters a more collaborative environment and empowers employees to take ownership of their responsibilities, improving overall production accountability.

Improved Production Visibility : A Combined Effect

The combined impact of MO priority and employee avatars in Odoo 17.1 shop floor undoubtedly enhances production visibility. Here’s how :

1) Clearer Order Hierarchy : MO priority provides a visual cue for the most critical tasks, ensuring employees prioritize the right orders at the right time.

2) Enhanced Team Awareness : Employee avatars facilitate better communication and task allocation, fostering a sense of teamwork and accountability among production floor personnel.

3) Real-Time Progress Updates : The shop floor interface offers a centralized platform for monitoring progress in real-time. Supervisors can identify potential issues and bottlenecks proactively, allowing for quicker adjustments and course corrections.


While MO priority and employee avatars are valuable features, Odoo 17 offers a wider range of functionalities to empower production teams :

  1. Kanban Boards : Visualize production workflows with drag-and-drop functionality for efficient task management. These boards can be customized to represent different production stages, allowing for a clear overview of progress.
  2. Work Order Timers : Track the time spent on each MO stage for accurate cost calculations and performance analysis. This data can be used to identify areas for improvement and optimize production processes further.
  3. Barcode Scanning : Streamline data entry and reduce errors by integrating barcode scanners for material tracking and production logging. Barcode scanning can significantly improve accuracy and efficiency in production processes.


While Odoo 17.1’s functionalities enhance visibility, it’s crucial to establish a strong foundation for optimal production management. Here are some key considerations :

  1. Data Accuracy : Ensure accurate and up-to-date master data for materials, bills of materials (BOMs) and routing information within Odoo. Inaccurate data can lead to miscommunication, delays and production errors.
  2. Standardized Workflows : Define and implement standardized workflows for production processes. This ensures consistency and reduces the risk of errors. Odoo’s workflow capabilities can be leveraged to automate repetitive tasks and enforce specific procedures.
  3. Performance Measurement : Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to track production efficiency. Monitor metrics like lead times, production output and scrap rates to identify areas for improvement. Odoo’s reporting tools allow you to generate insightful reports to analyze production performance.

Odoo 17’s shop floor view with MO priority and employee avatars represents a significant step forward in production visibility. These features, combined with Odoo’s comprehensive functionalities and a focus on data accuracy, standardized workflows and performance measurement, empower manufacturers to achieve :

  1. Improved Production Efficiency : By streamlining processes, prioritizing tasks, and identifying bottlenecks, Odoo 17 helps manufacturers optimize production flow and reduce lead times.
  2. Enhanced Communication and Collaboration : The shop floor interface fosters better communication between supervisors and employees, leading to a more collaborative and accountable work environment.
  3. Data-Driven Decision Making : Real-time production data and insightful reports empower informed decision-making, allowing manufacturers to continuously improve their production processes.

Ready to Take Your Production Management to the Next Level?

At Pragmatic Techsoft, we are passionate about helping manufacturers leverage the power of Odoo 17.1 to achieve production excellence. 

Connect with our team today to discuss your specific needs and explore how we can help you implement and customize Odoo 17 to optimize your shop floor operations, develop a data-driven approach to production management using Odoo’s functionalities and provide ongoing support and training to ensure your team maximizes the value of Odoo 17.

Stay tuned to our website and blogs for further insights on leveraging Odoo 17 for efficient production management.


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