Katana Manufacturing ERP

Manufacturing ERP Software for Live Inventory Management

About Katana Manufacturing ERP

Katana Manufacturing ERP gives you total visibility over all the moving parts of your business. Real-time master planning features allow manufacturers to monitor all vital business processes and operations in one centralized platform. Katana also integrates with leading e-commerce, accounting, CRM, automation, and reporting service providers like Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Xero, QuickBooks Online, Salesforce, Zapier, and make.com among many others. You can also create custom workflows using Katana's open API.

*Live inventory management*
Set up reorder points and prioritize sales and manufacturing orders to optimize your material and product inventory. Track the availability of raw materials and finished goods in real-time. Katana follows stock movements across your entire production cycle in multiple warehouses, allowing you to maintain optimal inventory levels everywhere. 

*Real-time master planning*
Katana automates raw material and product allocation for efficient sales order fulfillment. Katana adjusts your production schedule according to demand, aligning your manufacturing operations to ensure maximum efficiency.

*Total shop floor control*
Optimize and monitor floor-level operations in Katana's Shop Floor App. Easily create, set up, and remove shop floor operators and receive real-time floor-level insights to easily track manufacturing costs and productivity based on your product recipes or bills of materials (BOMs) and production operations.

*Omnichannel order management*
Manage your made-to-order and made-to-stock workflows in tandem. Katana supports e-commerce and B2B operations and integrates with a wide range of CRM and e-commerce tools to streamline order fulfillment.

*End-to-end traceability*
Batch tracking for manufacturing, purchasing, and sales orders, ensures industry compliance and visibility when it comes to tracking your perishable stock. Get end-to-end traceability for your products and materials at all stages of your product lifecycle. 

*Visual and intuitive*
Katana's color-coded platform allows you to easily stay on top of your business vitals, from sales to manufacturing operations. Get a quick and accurate overview and help when you need it through our Knowledge Base and live support team. You can also enlist the help of a Katana Partner for help with implementation, automation, and more.

Pricing starting from:

US$99.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Katana Manufacturing ERP

  • Stay on top of your inventory, from raw materials to finished goods. Katana automatically tracks stock movements across the production cycle and multiple warehouses, allowing you to maintain optimal inventory levels at all locations.

  • Automate all tasks associated with your master production schedule with Katana’s real-time master planner to streamline your entire manufacturing process. Katana tracks inventory in real-time, automatically allocating available materials and finished products to fulfill orders. You can also prioritize your schedule based on demand.

  • Build BOMs and track material availability for make-to-order workflows or fulfill the order from available product stock. Let Katana make automatic inventory adjustments, calculate operational costs, and assign raw inventory, subassemblies, and finished goods to orders as soon as they’re generated.

  • Use Katana's barcode scanning features to quickly identify products and materials and keep track of items and batch numbers when receiving, consuming, or counting goods.

  • Sync sales orders from multiple channels into a single platform to plan and prioritize production. Track the status of manufacturing orders at multiple locations and inventory levels at different warehouses.

  • Batch or lot tracking allows you quickly track and trace all your materials and products with ease. Batch and expiry date tracking give you the end-to-end traceability you need to stay industry compliant.

  • Get a simplified but complete overview of the status of your manufacturing operations. Easily manage your resources, set tasks for team members, and monitor the progress of projects.

  • View production task and ingredient list by task and take your floor-level operations to the next level with Katana's Shop Floor App. Easily create, set up, and remove shop floor operators, track the time spent on a task with Start, Pause, and Resume options, and track real versus actual materials used.

  • Automate workflows via seamless integrations with popular e-commerce and accounting platforms, like Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Amazon, eBay, Xero, QuickBooks Online, and more. Take advantage of other integrations via Zapier, and build your own custom workflows with Katana's open API.
  • Typical Customers

    • Freelancers
    • Small Businesses (2-50)
    • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
    • Large enterprises (500 and more)

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premise

    Markets

    Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Albania , Armenia, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Barbados, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Spain, Finland, Faroe Islands, France, United Kingdom, Grenada, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong SAR China, Honduras, Croatia, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Isle of Man, India, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Jamaica, Jordan, Japan, St Kitts & Nevis, South Korea, Cayman Islands, St Lucia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, St Martin, North Macedonia, Martinique, Montserrat, Malta, Mexico, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Pakistan, Poland, St Pierre & Miquelon, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Turks & Caicos Islands, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, South Africa, Zimbabwe

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$99.00/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Katana Manufacturing ERP: 109

    • API
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Backorder Management
    • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
    • Barcode Printing
    • Barcode Recognition
    • Barcoding/RFID
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Bills of Material
    • CRM
    • Capacity Planning
    • Cataloging/Categorization
    • Change Management
    • Channel Management
    • Check-in/Check-out
    • Contact Database
    • Cost Tracking
    • Customer Accounts
    • Customer Database
    • Customizable Reports
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Synchronization
    • Discount Management
    • Document Management
    • Drag & Drop
    • ERP
    • Estimating
    • Financial Management
    • For Small Businesses
    • Forecasting
    • Integrated Business Operations
    • Inventory Auditing
    • Inventory Control
    • Inventory Management
    • Inventory Optimization
    • Inventory Replenishment
    • Inventory Tracking
    • Item Management
    • Job Costing
    • Job Scheduling
    • Kitting
    • Labeling
    • MES
    • Manufacturing Inventory Management
    • Manufacturing Planning
    • Marketplace Integration
    • Material Requirements Planning
    • Mobile Access
    • Mobile Commerce
    • Monitoring
    • Multi-Channel Management
    • Multi-Currency
    • Multi-Location
    • Multi-Store
    • Order Entry
    • Order Fulfillment
    • Order Management
    • Order Processing
    • Order Tracking
    • Planning Tools
    • Point of Sale (POS)
    • Prioritization
    • Product Catalog
    • Product Identification
    • Production Management
    • Production Scheduling
    • Production Tracking
    • Project Management
    • Projections
    • Purchase Order Management
    • Purchasing & Receiving
    • Quality Control
    • Quality Management
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • Real Time Analytics
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Monitoring
    • Real Time Reporting
    • Real-time Updates
    • Receiving Labels
    • Reorder Management
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Retail Inventory Management
    • Returns Management
    • SKU/UPC Codes
    • Safety Management
    • Sales Orders
    • Scheduling
    • Search/Filter
    • Shipping Labels
    • Shipping Management
    • Special Order Management
    • Status Tracking
    • Stock Management
    • Supplier Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Task Management
    • Task Scheduling
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Traceability
    • Warehouse Management
    • What-if Analysis
    • Work Order Management
    • Workflow Management
    • eCommerce Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5
    (142)
    Value for Money
    4.6/5
    Features
    4.3/5
    Ease of Use
    4.6/5
    Customer Support
    4.8/5

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    Rebecca
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Intuitive, Fast To Implement, and Beautifully Designed

    Reviewed on 26/10/2021

    Pros

    The user interface is clean and very intuitive, requiring essentially no time to learn. Some of the other MRP solutions we tried were difficult to navigate and use, and training on them would have been labor intensive and costly. Katana is beautifully designed, and the batch-tracking and inventory management is easy to adapt to our business (MRPeasy/ERPAG were very clearly not designed with food manufacturing in mind, so making them even remotely functional for that purpose felt like a bit of a fools errand, whereas Katana just works).

    Cons

    While it is very user-friendly and it has the ability to track batches/lots (which is critical for us), we've had to develop workarounds to make it function the way we need it to -- it doesn't quite handle this the way I would envision it should. There are also some minor time wasters. If there's one simple feature I wish they would change, it's being able to type in the expiration dates rather than having to scroll through the calendar manually to select the correct date. This becomes so onerous when receiving multiple items on a PO and having to manually click through/scroll through the calendar to select the correct date as opposed to simply having a field that allows you to type in the date and move on.

    Alternatives Considered

    Fishbowl, MRPeasy and ERPAG

    Reasons for Switching to Katana Manufacturing ERP

    Katana is a great small business solution that I can easily see growing with us. Fishbowl is cost-prohibitive (and honestly at this point, I'd rather just use Katana). MRPeasy and ERPAG are not as well designed and don't work well as a food industry solution -- they made simple tasks feel like running through a maze. The developers at Katana did a beautiful job of creating something intuitively designed that works well across multiple industries while also making it as clean and aesthetic as it is functional. It's a pleasure to use. I've noticed that they also seem to be regularly implementing improvements and updates, which is awesome. Customer support is friendly and responsive. Highly recommend.
    Jared
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    • Industry: Food Production
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The MRP system I wish I'd always had

    Reviewed on 25/03/2021

    Katana's awesome, full stop.

    I've been working with manufacturing businesses for years, and for...

    Katana's awesome, full stop.

    I've been working with manufacturing businesses for years, and for years I've lamented Xero's relatively weak inventory management system. Two years ago I tried literally every MRP app I could find to plugin to Xero; they were all pretty bad.

    Along comes Katana, which maybe was around earlier but was "new to me" just this year, and ... wow. Mostly, it Just Works. The Xero integration works seamlessly for bills and sales orders, which speeds AP/AR quite a bit. 90% of the tool's value is outside of Xero though, and I now have a permanently-pinned Katana tab in my browser for tracking everything in the production flow from raw materials purchasing, to production, to sale, to reconciliation of remaining materials and product stock. It's great.

    Is it perfect? Not quite. They need to do some performance work, as load times are often a little sluggish. Also, it would be nice to see finer-grained automation, and better contact syncing. But overall, I'm delighted.

    Pros

    - It's really easy to use
    - Makes it easy to track materials on hand, reorder, etc
    - Calculates margin including labor cost
    - Xero integration works perfectly
    - Zapier integration makes it really flexible from an automation standpoint
    - Really lots of other stuff ... it's truly an excellent product and an outlier in a pretty clunky space.

    Cons

    It can be a little slow, and the contact syncing could be more robust.

    Alternatives Considered

    MRPeasy, NetSuite and Zoho Inventory

    Reasons for Switching to Katana Manufacturing ERP

    It's easier to use, it's priced right, and it gives you what you need without a bunch of stuff you don't. Perfectly tailored for SMB/SME manufacturers.
    Klaus
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    • Industry: Machinery
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    First Impression KATANA - perfect fit for smaller companies which do not need a complex...

    Reviewed on 21/08/2020

    For our requirements, set-up and company size the best we could find and test!
    We will manage...

    For our requirements, set-up and company size the best we could find and test!
    We will manage inventory/warehouse with 5000+ items, handle products with ingredients & operations, edit quotes, generate sales orders and mark received orders as shipped for automated invoice generation in Quickbooks. The cloud-based concept and the reduced complexity combined with an intuitivbe operatzion makes this SW easy to install and to work with if you have a team in different geographic locatioopns (as we have).
    Set-up of KATANA is absolutely simple, mostl yself-explanatory and can be done by any "power-user" without need of (expensive) external ERP-consultants.

    Pros

    Handling of inventory, items, products, ingredients, sales orders - all this is handled in a very efficient, clear and easy to use way. Makes the difference compared to many alternative MRP-/ERP-systems.
    Connector to QuickBooks with automatic trigger for invoices in QB once the products are marked as shipped in KATANA.
    Connector to Shopify for on-line sale of spare parts.
    100% helpful and open minded customer service - very helpful in helping to understand all features and finding the best workflow for specific situations.

    Cons

    There are some functions/features which need improvement, e.g. the customization of documents such as Quotations so every company can generate a set of individual template to serve different areas (machines, spare parts, service,..). 3-5 custom fields for Quotes/Sales Orders/Products would be helpful. Althoug KATANA is intended to be a MRP-system it would be helpful to integrate SERVICE-articles (not only MAKE or BUY articles). This would allow to add a possible service portion to a spare parts quote.
    Dedicated Delivery Notes (with partial shipments) would be a great feature.

    Alternatives Considered

    Dynamics 365 and Sage 100

    Reasons for Choosing Katana Manufacturing ERP

    Due to a downsizing in manufacturing we decided to look for a faster, more flexible, less complicated MRP-system which is cloud-based and would have good and propven interfaces to a standard accounting SW and to an on-line shop (spare parts).

    Switched From

    Dynamics 365 and Sage 100

    Reasons for Switching to Katana Manufacturing ERP

    Simplicity with at the same time well covered basic features, ease of use, intuitive, cloud-based.

    Response from Katana MRP

    Thank you! Glad you are getting value out of Katana.

    Lisa
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
    • Review Source

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    • Value for Money
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Met our needs at beginning, as needs grew Katana team listened and added features

    Reviewed on 06/02/2020

    We maintain about 1500-2000 SKUS and all assemblers work at home. Some do different steps,...

    We maintain about 1500-2000 SKUS and all assemblers work at home. Some do different steps, returning work weekly and then having it distributed to the next person. Giving every MO an actual number has kept every bag of parts and supplies organized. We can track who has it, where it's at in the manufacturing process, etc. Even though we have used Katana since January, it's the last 3 months that it's really proven it's value to us.

    We do not use it for order fulfillment, just in-house manufacturing. But it's allowed us to prep for holiday season from July forward and stay completely organized and efficient. No more "where-did-it-go" or "how-many-have-we-prepped" frantic moments. We began the year knowing we needed a software that "fit" our company's size and our needs. Katana has proven invaluable for our company this year. We are currently doing our first complete inventory and we hope to add these numbers to Katana in 2020 and continue to improve our efficiency.

    Pros

    The ability to use Resources as a way to assign a specific person to each task so I can see who is working on what step of the manufacturing process and the allotted time they are provided for the task. This year we went from contract labor/paid-per-piece to employees/hourly-wage and Katana has made this a much smoother transition then it could have been. Having both "cost-per-piece" for assembly of items as well as "cost-per-minute" has given us the ability to compare former payment procedures with what to expect per hour from employees.

    Cons

    There are a variety of tasks that were unable to be done when we began using Katana in January 2019 but I am thrilled to say that most of them have been developed. The developers listen and are very attentive to requests, bug reports, and ideas and so despite the fact that some of the features were not available (exporting reports, importing recipes, bulk print MOs/pick lists, etc.) they have added these and the software continues to grow. The next feature I'd love to see is the ability to have a product photo attached to each product that prints out an image with the MO.

    Also, we have some items "on hold" (not sent to distribution center yet) and we use Resources to specify ONHOLD-BIN221 etc. to know the status of any particular SKU completed. We'd prefer not to use different locations, but rather have the ability to add a couple more "status" options. Either a misc or a custom. For now, everything on hold gets marked BLOCKED status and then the Resource is used to say it's on hold in whatever bin.

    Response from Katana MRP

    Thank you for very thorough feedback! Love to have you growing with us!

    ELLOWYN
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    • Industry: Consumer Goods
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Great choice for small manufacturer

    Reviewed on 06/09/2019

    I tried several different MRPs before settling with Katana. Some were too clunky, others too...

    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. Reasonably priced. Integrating with Quickbooks and Shopify was simple and efficient. The set up was fast. I no longer have to duplicate data entry onto multiple systems. This saves me times and I don't lose track of orders or inventory. I especially like the instant chat feature with their customer service reps. I can leave a quick message or screenshot of a problem and within a day or so, I have a response back and my problem resolved. No need to hire an expensive consultant, anyone could set up Katana and run it.

    Pros

    Very simple user-interface
    Was able to set it up quickly and efficiently
    Continual feature upgrades
    Simple integration with Shopify & QuickBooks
    Very responsive customer service
    Detailed, but not overwhelming

    Cons

    The upload from Excel was clunky and not helpful. It was faster to just enter in the data directly.
    There are features I look forward to having but that are not currently available. I know their team will be releasing them in the next year.

    Alternatives Considered

    ERPAG

    Reasons for Choosing Katana Manufacturing ERP

    Odoo is a beautiful all-in-one platform that seemed to be the perfect solution to tying my entire business together. However, it doesn't "play" well with Shopify and social media platforms which both are essential to my business. Any customization requires an extra fee each month plus the cost of the custom 3rd party app. Set up was complicated and when I needed help, I was pressed to pay $10k for a customer service package. For a small business, that's a lot to shell out. If I were a large company and could pay to have it all set up and administered correctly, I'm sure Odoo would be an excellent choice. But for a one-woman show, it was just too much to juggle.

    Switched From

    Odoo

    Reasons for Switching to Katana Manufacturing ERP

    Erpag was about the same price at the time and had a few extra features that I liked (barcode integration for example), but the user interface was just really clunky. It reminded me a lot of my days in 90's Windows. Lots of tabs and block colors. When I added a demo set of data in, it didn't seem too difficult to use, but it just wasn't intuitive to me.

    Response from Katana MRP

    Thank you for the feedback!

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    Katana Manufacturing ERP FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Katana Manufacturing ERP.

    Katana Manufacturing ERP offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$99.00/month
    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Essential plan from $99 a month. Advanced plan from $299 a month. Professional plan from $799 a month.

    Katana Manufacturing ERP has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000

    Katana Manufacturing ERP supports the following languages:

    English

    Katana Manufacturing ERP supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Katana Manufacturing ERP integrates with the following applications:

    2Ship, BigCommerce, CartRover, Easy Insight, Ecwid, HubSpot CRM, Make, Online Auction System, Pipe17, Pipedrive, Prospect CRM, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Quickbooks Online, Salesforce Platform, Shift4Shop, Shiptheory, Shopify, Shopify Plus, Squarespace, SyncHub, Wix, WooCommerce, Xero, Zapier

    Katana Manufacturing ERP offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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