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Case study

Vitacore improves on-time order fulfillment by 70% with Katana

With the help of Katana, Vitacore Industries improves on-time order fulfillment, inventory management, and production planning to locally manufacture personal protective equipment for North America’s front-line workers.

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Katana provides us with all the necessary features for manufacturing order management. Furthermore, we can track inventory usage and incorporate our sales order tracking into Katana.
Mikhail Moore, CEO at Vitacore Industries
  • Vitacore Industries switched from spreadsheets to Katana to improve production planning and scheduling, optimizing their workflows for a 40% increase in productivity
  • Katana gives Vitacore Industries the visibility they need to improve material inventory management by 80%
  • With Katana, Vitacore Industries can track batches, materials, and products to meet industry requirements and get total traceability

About Vitacore Industries

To support the return to the normalcy of everyday life, Vitacore Industries manufactures masks, respirators, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers. Vitacore is a joint venture comprised of Canadian doctors, scientists, engineers, and business leaders, and their goal is to manufacture for the common good of North Americans.

Vitacore is the first Canadian manufacturer authorized by Health Canada. By manufacturing in Burnaby, BC using locally sourced materials, Vitacore Industries provides personal protective equipment of uncompromising quality at a fair price, creates local jobs, maintains a responsive and steady supply, and acts sustainably for Canada’s environment.

Box with Vitacore masks

The challenge they faced

Vitacore’s mission is to take care of the front-line worker safety during the global pandemic, who take the first and biggest hits in crisis situations. Giving front-line workers the means to defend and protect themselves against these risks is Vitacore’s top priority.

To help them focus on providing reliability and safety for their customers, Vitacore needed more control over the back-end of their manufacturing. The main areas they set out to improve were:

  1. Batch tracking for individual orders
  2. Inventory and product management
  3. Matching manufacturing orders with prospective sales orders

The solution they found

Vitacore relied on spreadsheets to help them manage their manufacturing operations. But spreadsheets are difficult to maintain and require a lot of manual data entry that can ultimately lead to costly mistakes. They decided to find manufacturing software that would give them the overview they needed without the risks that come with spreadsheets.

Katana was the first manufacturing software solution they found, and after trying it out, they left their spreadsheets in the past. According to Mikhail Moore, CEO at Vitacore Industries, Katana was the solution they needed to get their inventory and sales in sync.

Katana provides us with all the necessary features for manufacturing order management. Furthermore, we can track inventory usage and incorporate our sales order tacking into Katana.

How Katana helped Vitacore boost visibility and productivity

For Vitacore Industries, orders are constantly rolling in. To keep up with demand, they needed a tool that would give them a live overview of sales and production. With around 70 people working on their shop floor, effective production planning is essential. And as a safety product provider, Vitacore Industries can also track batches with Katana for total traceability, a critical industry requirement.

With the help of Katana, their team was able to:

  1. Improve material inventory management by 80%
  2. Optimize production planning and scheduling by 40%
  3. Increase on-time order fulfillment by more than 70%
  4. Reduce time spent on day-to-day operations by 40%

Katana’s master planning features give manufacturers like Vitacore Industries total visibility, calculating required materials and inventory in real-time. Katana highlights when stock is running low, ensuring their team always has the materials they need to fulfill orders available. Learn more about Katana’s features and how they help manufacturers get a live look at their business.

Learn more about Katana’s features and how they help manufacturers get a live look at their business.

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Health and safety equipment

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