For Immediate Release
Contact: Alexandria Trusov





B&L Upgrades Platform


Bridgman, Michigan, December 17th, 2018 - B&L Information Systems has issued Odyssey 6.1 for general availability. Along with many software improvements, Odyssey 6.1 debuts a user interface modernization for the Web User Interface (UI).

“Odyssey 6.1 begins a process where we are continually modernizing and improving the user interface and the user experience,” stated Brad Clark, Manager – Research & Development. “When we released the Odyssey Web UI back in 2016, we knew the nature of modern interfaces was not static. Over the next several releases, we will be not only improving the look and feel, but also the underlying Odyssey UI framework to allow us to stay on the cutting edge of application development.”

Clark also notes that the Odyssey Customer Feedback Forum remains a primary source of industry specific improvements by B&L’s R&D team. Odyssey 6.1 incorporates dozens of those customer-driven enhancements, a few highlights of the enhancements include:

  • Built-in user experience improvements
    • Colored themes by company for multi-company users
    • Enhanced Data Entry Grid for quicker and more reliable data input
    • Improved Profile Manager with drag-and-drop capabilities
    • Sorting on multiple columns
  • Capital Projects have been made more full-featured
    • Capital Projects is split from Equipment with new screens
    • Capital Projects can be entered on tool orders
    • REQs, POs, and A/P all have new Capital Project entry fields
  • Production reporting by crews has been made easier with Pre-defined Crews
  • Usability enhancements on Employee Time Approvals, Purchase Orders, and Purchase Order Receipts

“Part of how Odyssey remains true to its roots as the ERP for metalcasters is that feedback from customers – whether in our on-site training classes, at our users’ conference or digitally through the Customer Feedback Forum – is used to align Odyssey to what the industry needs,” explained Clark. “Our whole R&D team is proud to have made the necessary framework updates in Odyssey 6.1 to keep improving Odyssey for B&L’s customers.”

All Odyssey release information, including for Odyssey 6.1, is now available through Rapid Support.  Rapid Support is available directly within Odyssey Web UI or via the B&L customer portal (Customer Login) for customers on Windows UI. Any assistance needed in the update process is free for any customers on maintenance with B&L. Odyssey customers on the B&L Cloud will be contacted by B&L's Technology Department with the update schedule.



About B&L Information Systems

B&L Information Systems is a global leader in providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) for metalcasters.  Since 1976, B&L has used their deep understanding of the specific challenges and problems of foundries and die casters to create an ERP solution which matches the way metalcasters operate, making it easier to learn and use. With Odyssey, metalcasters will maximize their resources, minimize costs, and make better decisions faster.