Odoo V13 Product Life Cycle Management (PLM)

Odoo Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) is used to maintain BoM revisions and track product lifecycle based on Engineering Change orders. Odoo PLM  is Manage the engineering changes efficiently is all about communication. Using a PLM system, a company can manage entire product data, including items, bill of materials (BOMs), and product files.
PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) helps to create ECO (Engineering Change Orders) to make BoM revisions, make  MO route revision, Update work operation,  generate alerts for changes in BoM’s as well as Routes in MO. Odoo PLM harnesses the power of an enterprise social network to help you communicate more efficiently across multiple departments. Odoo Product lifecycle management (PLM) is used to the handling of a good as it moves through the typical stages of its lifespan: development/introduction, growth, maturity, and decline.


First of all, you can install the Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) module in your database.
In Odoo 13 PLM is used to handle the Bill of Material(BoM) revisions and track product lifecycle based on Engineering Change Orders (ECO).
 Basically PLM application allows us to :
Go to the PLM module -> and click on the Overview button to see all the Engineering Change Order (ECO) and the total number of changes on each ECO.
Now you can add many stages of the ECO type via adding columns. This is similar to the CRM, Project modules in Odoo. But in this case, one can add an approval option for each stage. This we will discuss in the later section. 
Now you can see four stages in Engineering  Change Orders like New, In Progress, Approval and Effective.
1. New: This field is used to creating new Engineering Change Orders (ECO).
2. In progress: This field indicates when the Engineering Change Orders(ECO) are in progress.
3. Approvals: This field is used to 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.
4. Effective: This field is used at the same time ECO is confirmed. Now you can apply the checkbox: allow to apply changes, final stages and folded in kanban view. This stage will be marked as the final stage.

To Create an Engineering Change Order:

>>You could have a short summary of the change
>>apply on BoM or Routing OR both for a product that you may select
>>Now you can choose the ECO type.
>> In Effectivity field is used to display the date on which the changes should be applied.
After filling all the required fields and save the changes. At that time click on the Start Revision Button.
Upon this type of action, now you have a new revision for the Bill of Material, such as an Engineering Change Order(ECO) one can start working a new BOM.
Now you change the Bill of Material (BoM) and add an attachment whenever you needed. At that time you can add the two components and all the changes made are reproduced in Engineering Change orders(ECO).  PLM
  After two components are added and updated the quantity of the existing component. All the changes made are reflected in ECO under BoM changes tab. PLM  
Now the ECO is moved to the In Progress stage to Approval stage through drag and drop. At that time we can assign the administrator to approve the changes.  At the same time, you can move to the Approval stage to the Effective stage through drag and drop. The effective stage is the final stage. Now you can easily drag the ECO to the Effective stage like the final stage and apply similar changes. 

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