The Best Job Shop Software for Small Businesses

Job shop manufacturing software to streamline your operations, inventory, and sales. Optimize your production with the best job shop solution to keep organized, efficient and focused.
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Katana has been specifically designed for the needs of modern manufacturers who want to scale.
Finished Goods & Material Availability
Katana takes available raw materials and automatically allocates them to production orders, as well as finished goods to sales orders. Built in batch traceability with expiry date tracking allows you to use the right stock at the right time – at the best quality. Real-time updates of inventory and operations, and complete order fulfillment at your fingertips.
Bill of Materials (Product Recipes)
You can create a specific bill of materials (or product recipe) for each product and product variant. Plus you can add both materials and subassemblies to your recipes. Based on your bill of materials, Katana will make automatic inventory adjustments, calculate manufacturing costs and check the availability of materials for manufacturing orders.
Priority-Based Production Planning
With Katana’s unique manufacturing tracking system, you can simply drag-and-drop to prioritize manufacturing orders. The priority of manufacturing orders affects material availability and production deadline calculations. Stay in control of your operations and never miss a deadline again.
Updates in Real-Time
Job tracking is effortless with Katana. Shop floor operators can record when they start, pause, resume and complete a task with just a quick tap in the shop floor app. Quickly get an overview of tasks in progress (WIP) with automatic order updates in real time directly in your MRP. Removing the need for daily or weekly basic status updates and inefficient spreadsheets.
Shop Floor Level Control
Track floor level operations digitally with the Katana shop floor mobile app and establish paperless tracking. Katana allows you to prioritize the task list for every operator and production line, with built-in time tracking. Create and manage shop floor operators from your MRP. Retain control of production progress for MOs with shop floor work in progress (WIP).
Instant Task Visibility
Katana increases your shop floor efficiency by optimizing your operators' time and resources. Tasks are visible direct in the shop floor app, so everyone knows what they need to do and when. Boost your performance by providing operators with all the information they need to complete a task with instant access to product recipes and notes for each task.

Job Shop Software: The All-In-One Solution.

Every moving piece can have a dramatic knock on effect in a scaling manufacturing business. That’s why Katana gives you total control over all the processes of production and sales, so you can ensure your product is at peak quality and gets to the customer without a hitch.

Track your product's life from start to finish: from raw materials, to operational tasks, to finished product, to order delivery. All from a single dashboard. Easy and affordable!

Try before you buy! Sign up for a 14-day free trial, so you can experience first-hand what Katana can do for your business.
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Take control of job shop scheduling with Katana.

Track, schedule and report the progress of manufacturing operations with Katana’s shop floor web-based app. Go paperless and say goodbye to inefficient paper-based tracking. Effortlessly automate operations management with user-level access, integrated directly with your MRP software. With Katana you can:
Create, set-up and remove shop-floor operators effortlessly
Tasks received in app according to product operations for incoming MOs
Easily re-assign tasks to operators whenever you need
View MO tasks and ingredient list for each task in the shop floor app
Start, pause and resume tasks as a shop floor operator direct from the app
Manufacturing time tracking to evaluate time spent on tasks
Add notes to MOs to be displayed for related tasks in the shop floor app
Task statuses automatically sent back to MRP for efficient integration
Seamless integrations with popular online services.
From accounting to e-commerce.

What’s stopping you from giving it a try?

There are no commitments to trying out Katana. If you don’t like it simply let the 14-day free trial expire.

But once you’ve experienced what it’s like to have job shop software built into your MRP, you’re going to struggle to stick it out with paper-based tracking.
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Testimonials

500+ modern manufacturers around the world trust Katana
Great choice for small manufacturers.
”I tried several different MRPs before settling with Katana. Some were too clunky, others too expensive, complicated and elaborate. I felt a bit like Goldilocks. Katana was just right.”
Ellowyn Isaacson
Soap manufacturing
foxencanyonsoap.com
Katana is a life saver - I would recommend.
”I discovered Katana last year after a long time searching for a platform to help with our in-house manufacturing. Katana has been a life saver in terms of keeping track of stock with raw materials and finished products. I would definitely recommend!”
Farryn Watts
Health and Beauty
farrynamber.com
Streamlined our business processes.
”Katana has been an effective integration for streamlining our business processes from purchase orders to manufacturing and inventory with Xero.”
Israel Sanchez
Coffee Roasting
brewmstickcoffee.co
Exactly what we were looking for.
”The best feature is the ability to build items to order instead of having to build them to stock first. This was exactly what we were looking for. The way the software automatically updates stock depending on how you prioritize jobs is also really good.”
Daniel James
Furniture and Home Decor
gregsglass.com

FAQs

What is shop floor control?

Shop floor control is a software that allows you to manage your job shop floor. Shop floor control is the ability to prioritize, track, schedule and report against production schedules, operations and orders.

What is shop floor in manufacturing?

Shop floor in manufacturing is where assembly or production is carried out. The shop floor can include equipment, inventory and resources, and can refer to workers, automated machines, or a combination of both.

What is MES software?

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are systems that allow manufacturers to track and report on the processing of raw materials into finished goods. MES allow for the control of all aspects of the production processes in real time.

What is shop floor management?

Shop floor management is managing shop floor operations, inventory and workers. It is a way of staying on track with work-in-progress (WIP) and helps you to optimize your inventory and productivity.
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