Manufacturing capacity planning software to make what you can, when you can

Reap the many benefits of capacity planning, with clear lead times, automated reorder points, and improved overall resource management. Using Katana’s ERP as capacity planning software will save you time and make daily operations easier.

Manufacturers and distributors always need to plan ahead to avoid stock-outs, delays, and unhappy customers

Using our ERP gives you an overview of your entire production process, giving you greater control over resource management and an understanding of how your entire supply chain can support your daily operations. It’s planning and management in a single platform.
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Use manufacturing operations data to do predictive analytics and always know what you need

Manufacturing practically any product is complex and has a number of steps involved to make sure the finished product is up to scratch. This is why a well-plotted planning process is crucial, and this includes understanding your manufacturing capacity on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

With the holistic overview and thorough business data provided by Katana, you can use analytical modeling to help plan ahead and not over or under-order on raw materials for your business. Here are some features of capacity planning Katana helps with:

  • You’ll have complete control over your inventory within Katana, including the units of measurement it comes in
  • With our detailed bills of materials, you can create recipes for each individual product to precise specifications
  • Watch both your stock and safety stock, and get automatic calculations and updates as new orders come in
  • Set automatic reorder points, just in case an item is suddenly in huge demand, so you won’t need to manually reorder
  • Manage all of this in a single platform with clear information across your business
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With forecast accuracy, you make daily operations easier for your team and yourself

Along with understanding your requirements for raw materials, knowing your accurate capacity will allow for greater supply chain optimization across your entire production process. This makes life simpler for your production team, whether it’s one individual, or a whole crew working in your warehouse. Using historical data to inform your production management means production and capacity are working in sync.

Here are a few of the capacity planning tools Katana offers that can feed into your overall production data and make operations easier:

  • Our mobile shop floor app lets you set tasks for your team remotely, so they know what needs to be done on a daily basis
  • Using the app you can then track completed products and shipped orders
  • This helps with better overall warehouse management making your operations streamlined and adding clarity
  • Track your raw material inventory and completed stock with barcode tracking in one, or multiple, warehouses
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How capacity planning helps lead to more finished products and happier customers

With optimized production, your finished products will be stacking up, ready to be shipped out to eager customers. As you make sales, you’ll be able to start utilizing sales data from your e-commerce store and Katana to forecast demand in the future and feed this into your production planning.

With your demand plan in place, you’re covered for both sales and operation planning and will comfortably meet customers’ demands every time. Less to sweat about. Here are a few features of Katana that helps with sales, accounting, and shipping:

  • Choose from one of our native e-commerce integrations or one of many third-party providers
  • Using our partner Shopify will allow you to sync data from an in-store POS system to track both physical and online sales
  • Get the best accounting software on the market, with our native integrations with QuickBooks Online and Xero
  • For other accounting providers, we offer our API to sync Katana and your software of choice
  • And to get orders sent out, we offer two brilliant shipping partners to reach customers across the globe

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Batch manufacturing software that integrates with your favorite tools for a smooth workflow

From native integrations to code-less templates or fully customizable API integrations

Katana cloud ERP software’s batch production features give users access to the API, allowing you to create custom workflows and connect your business apps to manage your sales, manufacturing, and accounting all on one platform. Automate data transfers between the services you use to level up efficiency. Take a look at our API documentation to learn more. 

With Katana, we are able to track products, build recipes for materials, and set reorder points for our materials as well. That was one thing that was very difficult to manage was raw material inventory — for example, how many black t-shirts do I need to order? That was the main reason why we selected Katana.”

With Katana, we can more effectively see and follow inventory levels, and have recipes and bills of materials (BOMs) for our manufactured products that let us follow the manufacturing status throughout the whole production cycle.”

We needed something more than just a spreadsheet but we didn’t like to pay a crazy amount for a system we wouldn’t fully use. Tracking inventory and what stage it is in has been incredibly helpful. It’s helped our team have a clearer delineation of the order of operations for each product in our catalog.”

When working with our previous solution, we noticed that our inventory was completely off. We saw that Katana had in-studio management that would allow us to assign tasks and monitor progress, which is something we really needed.”

Manufacturing capacity planning software FAQs
What is an ERP system?

An ERP system is a software package that helps businesses manage their day-to-day activities, such as accounting, procurement, and production process. The acronym ERP stands for enterprise resource planning.

ERP software is designed to give businesses a complete picture of their operations to make better decisions and improve efficiency. They typically include modules for monitoring production cost, inventory, warehousing, and customer relationship management (CRM).

If you’re considering a comprehensive ERP system for your business, it’s important to do your research and choose a package that fits your specific needs. There are many different systems and materials requirements planning on the market, so it’s important to find one that’s right for you.

What is a bill of materials (BOM)?

A bill of materials (BOM) is a comprehensive formula management list of all the components, raw materials, and parts needed to build or manufacture a product or service. It provides the key formulas and recipes about each component, including its name, quantity, function, and supplier.

BOMs play an important role in managing inventory and production costs. By having a complete and accurate recipe and formula BOM, businesses can avoid ordering too many or too few supplies, which can lead to wasted materials and costly delays. BOMs can also help businesses negotiate better prices with suppliers by ensuring that they are only ordering the exact amount of supplies needed.

How do you calculate safety stock?

You can simply follow this formula:

Safety Stock = (Maximum Daily Usage x Maximum Lead Time Days) – (Average Daily Usage x Average Lead Time Days)

Knowing your lead time is crucial to then calculate your necessary safety stock. And it can also be affected by the industry you’re in, and the seasonal trends that may affect you. We also have a blog that covers everything you need to know about safety stock.

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