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Recommended erp / inventory system for pcba

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I'm trying to manage inventory for my small manufacturing business better.  I want something that tells me where stock is,  how much I've got left,  minimum stock levels for reorder,  how many units I can make with given stock. Should be all barcode driven and as quick and easy to set up as possible.  Only really looking at stuff I can self host and open source. I'm keen to get data out of my pick and place line and other machines so that I can see real time how many parts are on a feeder and where the next reel is. 

I'm looking at inventree,  odoo and a few others. Has anyone got a recommendation?  Maintenance scheduling would be handy too but I'm okay if that's in a separate system. 


I'm using Inventree. It is not too bad. It is open source and is being actively developed.
Inventree supports barcodes, but I do not have a barcode reader, so am not currently using it. I aim to use barcodes, but I can't comment on how well it works.
It supports all this:
> I want something that tells me where stock is,  how much I've got left,  minimum stock levels for reorder,  how many units I can make with given stock
except, I can't confirm the minimum stock levels for reorder - you will have to confirm this yourself.

I'm self hosting on a spare machine using the Docker image method. I had no prior experience with Docker, but it was reasonably straight forward to setup. (I'm using OpenMediaVault which has Docker support).
My only gripe is with this method is that while the database files sit nicely at a location external to the Docker image, the Docker image's internal user permissions are different to what the share location has.
This makes it difficult to back up, as I need to reset the permissions each time I back up. There must be a nicer way to do this, but I haven't spent the time yet to investigate.

I'm reasonably happy with Inventree. Being a smallish open source project, my only only concern is that it gets abandoned later on down the track.

Before settling on Inventree I checked out partkeepr. I think the original dev abandoned the project. It was picked up by others, but....
I also looked at Partbox and Bomist, but they were closed source and cloud based. Bomist's cheaper version did not support internal part numbers.
In terms of ERPs, I had a quick look at odoo and tryton. Both were open source, Tryton was free (I think). Both were reasonably complex. I didn't want that level of complexity just yet - I just needed something to manage my parts.

Hope that is useful.

Software abandonment is why I want to avoid anything that isn't open source and run on my own gear. At least if it's open source you can always make any changes yourself. Good to hear Inventree is usable. I've just been looking into camx and secs gem to pull part usage from the machines and it looks easy enough. 

Odoo looks way too hard for me.  I tried to do so some basic inventory stuff with it and gave up.

I went through this and decide to write my own app + sql db to do exactly what I wanted.  Invoices/Purchases/stock, and it tracks how much money should be in my two bank accounts given sales/purchases etc..

It was a fair bit of work but it's nice now, as I can add bits and simplify my workflow/procedures.

Most of my inventory is on my pick and place machines so I need a neat way to know if there is 10000 caps left on a reel or 500. I'm also keen to know which shelf parts are on and warn me automatically. 


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