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.
Multichannel Sales Support
Centralize all your sales orders into one visual dashboard and gain multi-channel inventory visibility. Track the status of manufacturing orders at multiple locations and inventory levels at different warehouses.
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 task progress (WIP) updated directly in your MRP.
Updates in Real-Time
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. Get multichannel inventory visibility and manage various sales channels in one easy-to-use, visual platform.
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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.”
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!”
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Streamlined our business processes.
”Katana has been an effective integration for streamlining our business processes from purchase orders to manufacturing and inventory with Xero.”
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.”
Expiry management is the process of prioritizing the use of raw materials or products through production and distribution in your supply chain. Prioritization is often based upon the FEFO approach.
What is FEFO?
The expiry management process of first expired, first out (FEFO) is a manufacturing logistics and inventory management term. The concept is that inventory or products with an earlier expiration date will be used or sold first.
What is the difference between expiry date and shelf life?
The difference between expiry date and shelf life is that shelf life refers to quality over a specified period of time, whereas expiry date refers to the quality and safety of a product at a specific point in time.
What does minimum shelf life mean?
Minimum shelf life means the period of time in which a product retains its function and quality if stored correctly. Shelf life does not relate to the expiry date of a product and does not mean that the product cannot be used by consumer for safety or quality reasons.
Manufacture date of goods (MFG) vs expiration date
The difference between manufacture date (MFG) vs expiration date is that MFG is the date that is printed on the label of a product to show when it was produced. Whereas the expiration date is the date that states the final date at which it should be ingested or is safe for use.