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Optimize your manufacturing with a production schedule template

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Streamline your operations with a production scheduling template

Production scheduling is the secret ingredient to any successful manufacturing business. Using a production planning template will help speed up the process of creating a schedule and conveniently covers all areas of manufacturing.

What is production scheduling? 

Production scheduling is the process of planning and organizing manufacturing in a business.  

It encompasses many areas of manufacturing, including:  

  • Manufacturing quantity — units that need to be produced 
  • Teams and assignments — exact routing from start to finish 
  • Time management — deadlines and lead times for supplies, manufacturing, and shipping 
  • Bill of materials — breakdown of supplies and products 
  • Resources — workers, equipment, materials, and budget

What are the benefits of production scheduling? 

Production scheduling helps eliminate inefficiencies in manufacturing and streamlines many processes.  

To elaborate further, production planning can help your business with the following:  

  • Improving efficiency — better use of resources while completing orders faster 
  • Increasing productivity — all teams are aware of what is expected of them and when 
  • Customer satisfaction — buyers will learn to trust you to deliver good products on time 
  • Reducing costs — reduce waste, downtime, and overtime hours 
  • Preventing risks — fewer errors, miscommunications, and delays in production

Using software for production scheduling 

Spreadsheets and paperwork aren’t for everyone, and many turn to production scheduling software to perform this task in a matter of seconds.  

There are many advantages to using an automated solution, including: 

  • Scalability — when working with large quantities, software is faster and more reliable 
  • Optimization — automate processes and leave more time for other tasks 
  • Visibility — receive updates and live status reports at the click of a button  
  • Accuracy — reduce risks and delays by working with real-time data 
  • Cooperation — better communication with teams, suppliers, and partners

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How Katana helps grow your business

Katana offers several features specifically designed to help manufacturers optimize their production scheduling processes, including:

Live inventory tracking

Get real-time updates on your stock levels, including finished products, incoming supply shipments, and raw materials


Rank production operations based on customer demand and available materials, especially when supplies run low

Reorder points

Setting minimum allowed stock levels ensures your business always has enough materials or products to meet customer demand

End-to-end traceability

Batch tracking enables you to follow a product’s lifecycle from raw materials to manufacturing to retail

Shop-level access

The Shop Floor App gives your workers an overview of all their ongoing and assigned tasks


Create a personalized workflow with integrations, or build your own workspace with Katana’s open API

Besides improving day-to-day operations and inventory management for our raw materials and finished goods, Katana has also helped us decrease our lead production time by 35% through improved order production and sourcing planning.”

Jérôme Bacquias
Paper Republic Founder

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

Richie Duncan
Founder of KODAMA

Having a system track inventory and what stage it is in is incredibly helpful and has helped our team clearly delineate the order of operations for each product in our catalog.”

Sarah Zinger
Director of Production Logistics at System76

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.”

Mikhail Moore
CEO at Vitacore Industries

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