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Automotive and boating

Better raw materials management, so you can minimize waste, and innovate better

Katana’s manufacturing ERP software gives you clarity when you need it most. Automotive manufacturers can use their engineering bill of materials to track production quality in real-time, use batch and lot tracking features for warehouse management, efficient quality assurance, and supply chain management, and use valuable lead time knowledge to consistently meet customer demands.

Katana has been an asset to our inventory management and production planning. We were using QuickBooks desktop to manage all inventory before, now Katana streamlines our production planning, making it more efficient.

Mikaela, Production Manager


Boating equipment, 30+ employees

Boost efficiency and align your teams
with features designed to give you total
visibility and control

Get a live look at your manufacturing business with features
that keep your teams and products moving.
LIVE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

The inventory optimization and control you need

Keep track of materials and product stock to avoid stock-outs

  • Get total inventory control for finished products and raw materials
  • Automate inventory transactions and set reorder points to prevent stock-outs
  • Track on-hand, committed, and expected stock amounts in real-time
  • Manage product variants and materials in one place
  • Monitor your inventory across multiple warehouses
  • Use barcodes to receive and count stock
  • Use stocktakes to find and eliminate discrepancies in your stock levels
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REAL-TIME MASTER PLANNING

Production, scheduling, and
resource management in one place

Gain real-time visibility to optimize all your key resources

  • Make accurate manufacturing and purchasing decisions with live data
  • Ensure optimal inventory levels at all times
  • Prioritize production based on raw material availability
  • Get task-level control for effective shop floor management
  • Automate manufacturing cost calculations based on your bill of materials and operations
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TOTAL SHOP FLOOR CONTROL

Floor-level control from scheduling to task prioritization

Use the Katana Shop Floor App to align sales and production

  • Send tasks to the app according to product operations for incoming manufacturing orders
  • Assign and reassign jobs to operators who can start, pause, and resume tasks to keep you up to date on production
  • View manufacturing order task and ingredient list for every task in the app
  • Track time spent on tasks to optimize shop floor activities
  • View resource consumption with live material tracking
  • Add notes to manufacturing orders to be displayed for related tasks
  • Scan barcodes with any smart device to monitor material usage and track batches and products

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OMNICHANNEL ORDER MANAGEMENT

Unified B2B and e-commerce sales order management

Sync your sales channels for optimal order fulfillment

  • Track the availability of required products for sales orders
  • Drag-and-drop order priorities according to material availability and delivery deadlines
  • Choose to make to order or fulfill from available product stock
  • Identify delivery delay risks and reprioritize to boost efficiency
  • Sync sales orders from multiple channels into a single dashboard
  • Select and use multiple currencies to automatically convert sales order values

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END-TO-END TRACEABILITY

Tracing for batches, materials, expiry dates, and more

Keep an eye on your inventory beyond the warehouse

  • End-to-end traceability for materials and products with batch tracking
  • Track the expiry date of items and stay in control of expiring stock
  • Autogenerate batch and internal barcodes
  • Quickly locate items across multiple warehouses, giving all teams access to the same live data
  • Trace faulty batches, materials, and products from materials to sold goods for effective quality assurance and recalls
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PRODUCTION PLANNING

Routing and matrix BOMs for your variable products

Automate the reallocation of materials based on priorities you set

  • Drag-and-drop priorities for manufacturing tasks
  • Track availability for required materials for efficient sales order fulfillment
  • Identify delay risks related to material supply lead times
  • Get accurate expected completion dates to keep sales teams informed
  • Have a live floor-level production status overview
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PURCHASE ORDER MANAGEMENT

Granular purchase order tracking for maximum visibility

Avoid stock-outs and keep your teams and products moving

  • Ensure on-time purchasing based on clear material requirements
  • Know when to purchase missing raw materials from suppliers
  • Update your inventory to reflect when purchase orders were received in parts
  • Track delay risks in your supply chain to keep all teams informed
  • Select and use multiple currencies to automatically convert purchase order values
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Accurate costing with Katana's software
ACCURATE COSTING

Real-time reliable costing made easy

Ensure accuracy with costing features built for precision

  • Track manufacturing costs based on your bill of materials (BOM) and production operations
  • Create multilevel BOMs with subassemblies for accurate costing
  • Make precise pricing decisions based on your product margins
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Simple workflows with Katana's software
CUSTOM WORKFLOWS VIA API

Katana’s open API and no-code solutions

Set up integrations and create workflows to streamline your operations

 

  • Sync your Katana data with hundreds of e-commerce, shipping, accounting, and reporting platforms
  • Build your own apps into Katana using our developer resources and open API
  • Take advantage of apps that have been built into Katana on our open API
  • Develop your custom workflows with Katana API

 

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Integrate with the best e-commerce,
accounting, reporting, and CRM
software out there

Create custom API integrations

Use Katana’s open API to create custom workflows and connect to apps beyond our list of integrations. Automate data transfers between the services you use to level up efficiency. Take a look at our API documentation to learn more.

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Select your plan
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Katana software provides the ideal automotive ERP toolkit to seamlessly manufacture and distribute automotive and industrial machinery

Wherever you want to manage your automotive manufacturing operations from, the cloud or onpremesis, Katana has you covered. You’ll be able to do warehouse management, materials management, financial management – basically, a lot of management in one place.

As advanced automotive machinery requires immense precision and high production quality, while maintaining quality control and meeting customer demands, you need automotive ERP software which keeps up with everything. Katana offers complete control over your manufacturing processes, from ensuring a consistent supply of stock and raw materials, offering support for make-to-stock and make-to-order models, helping you connect with the sales platforms you use, and finally bringing all of this information together for excellent financial management.

And one of the best parts of Katana, you don’t need to some kind of specialist ‘ERP implementer’ to get started – you can be up and running in days with our friendly software.

How Katana has brought inspiration from the automotive world full circle

In case you’ve never read our ‘About Us’ page, you may not know that our name is an homage to the lean manufacturing approach of Toyota – hence choosing a traditional Japanese weapon for our name in tribute. And we use this lean approach to create our ERP system which in turn can make life simpler for automotive manufacturers.

In the scope of automotive and industrial manufacturing, you’re likely to be making and selling products across a big scope of price ranges, and you may need diverse deployment options for both creation and delivery. Here are just a few of the features of our automotive manufacturing software to keep your global automotive business running smoothly:

  • Super detailed bills of materials — Know your lead time for every product by formatting and customizing as many BOMs as you require for each and every product you offer and maintain consistent quality management
  • Smart inventory management — Your materials requirements planning can step up with Katana, as you can set specific reorder points for all of your raw materials, so you never have building supply problems
  • End-to-end production planning — Know your material requirements at all times, ensure smart planning and scheduling, and manufacture and distribute on time to keep customers smiling
  • Accurate costing — Moving average cost helps you track outgoings on all raw materials, technical inventory, staff salaries, and really anything you need to track, so you remain in the black
  • Integrations and custom workflows — Sync your inventory data with hundreds of e-commerce, shipping, accounting, and reporting platforms

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