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Can I enter multiple manufacturers?

Gilles Lehoux
on 3/4/13, 6:13 PM 3,801 views

It is possible to configure so as to enter the manufacturer of a product. How could I enter more than one manufacturer for a product?

For example. Internally, we have a single product number for a can of oil. There are many manufacturers for a can of motor oil Each manufacturer has a code for his can. Each supplier sells cans from different manufacturers. Each supplier uses his own product codes.

How would you enter all this information into the database?


AJ Schrafel Paper Corp

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AJ Schrafel Paper Corp
On 3/4/13, 6:25 PM

It does not look like openERP V7 allows for multiple manufacturers out of the box. You would have to extend the capabilities with a customer module.

Any suggestions for a kludge would be welcome. :)

Gilles Lehoux
on 3/4/13, 6:27 PM

Could I define a "meta" can of oil which branches out to each manufacturer's can or oil which branches out to each supplier's code for that can of oil? This would imply that the system know that all the individual manufacturer cans must be treated as the same at the time of picking. This sounds like having the option to define alternate BOMs. I'm lost.

Gilles Lehoux
on 3/4/13, 6:48 PM

Andreas Brueckl

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Andreas Brueckl
On 3/4/13, 6:39 PM

You can define for each product several suppliers. Then you can set a different product code and product name for each supplier.

Further you can add different supplier prices for each supplier.

You can enter different suppliers for a product in the product's form / Procurements / Suppliers. Then when you create a new PO the values of the PO's partner are use when you add new lines.

But keep in mind that you also have to create a new supplier pricelist!

Details see here

If a single supplier has many products, each from a different manufacturer, each with a manufacturer product code, then, in your scenario, where would you put the manufacturer name and product code? Would there be more than more instance of each supplier?

Gilles Lehoux
on 3/4/13, 6:44 PM

Do you mean that you purchase a product from a single supplier, but the supplier provides several products (with different codes). I think that I know what you mean and I think that this is currently not possible. You would need to set the manufacturing code separately for each PO.

Andreas Brueckl
on 3/5/13, 4:13 AM
On 4/19/13, 11:00 AM

I am looking for a similar solution, as I am sure many are. I expect that a custom module will be the result.

There is a V6 module, that is one step in the right direction. product_electronic - Products Attributes & Manufacturers.

I will be happy to keep this post updated with any progress I make.

I did a search on the OpenERP apps website and did not found that electronic module. Could you point me to it pls as I could look into getting it to work properly for v7 and v8 ?

Christian Parent
on 4/10/14, 11:27 AM
Christian Parent
On 4/10/14, 5:26 PM

The module product_manufacturer_extension give you more options like searches for manufacturer codes, attributes etc.. would it be a possibility to extend that module to get a many2many relation on manufacturer and change the views to reflect that change ?

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