About Katana Cloud Manufacturing

Katana offers a cloud manufacturing platform that makes daily life easier for your business. Bring your manufacturing operations into a single platform for visibility over everything you do and data to make more informed business decisions.
With integrations for sales, accounting, and shipping, you can run your business using the best software for you and your team without added manual work. There’s also our Shop Floor App to work remotely with your in-house team, batch tracking for total traceability, and automation for resources and reorders. You can even use barcode scanning to stay on top of stock takes and minimize physical paperwork with digital alternatives across your business.
Here are a few more of the features Katana offers to make manufacturing management simpler:
Live inventory management - Set up reorder points and prioritize sales and manufacturing orders to optimize your 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 product lifecycle stages.
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.
Katana Cloud Manufacturing Software - Track order fulfillment and material availability
Katana Cloud Manufacturing Software - Production planning and sales order fulfillment
Katana Cloud Manufacturing Software - Control manufacturing production tasks and BOM lists
Katana Cloud Manufacturing Software - Manage manufacturing cost on BOM, production operations
Katana Cloud Manufacturing Software - Real-time inventory control and sales order management - Katana
Katana Cloud Manufacturing Software - Many integrations streamline manufacturing operations including Quickbooks, Shopify, and Xero
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Katana Cloud Manufacturing pricing

Katana Cloud Manufacturing does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. Katana Cloud Manufacturing paid version starts at US$99.00/month.

Starting Price:
US$99.00/month
Free Version:
No
Free trial:
Yes

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Katana Cloud Manufacturing Reviews

Feature rating

Value for Money
4.5
Functionality
4.3
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Support
4.8
5 reviews of 155 View all reviews
Gaz
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 28/06/2018

I learned this product by using it; few hints from the online help. I decided on day one to...

I can now run my business without spreadsheet hell. I can actually make more product. This is not an exaggeration. I was stressed before using this software. I actually could not work out what I needed to order to satisfy our production demands.

Pros

It answers my questions easily, what purchase orders do I need to make to satisfy the orders I have coming in. What should I work on next and when will it be ready for the customer! I can see delays in deliveries and the effect on production. It manages very complex bill of materials for our vast number of products. and it does so with a user experience that is simple and easy.

Cons

Where there has been anything I didn't like about the software, I chat instantly to the development team and they listen, they come back to me with an instant work around; then in the longer term they have provided updates that fix the problem. They are an adorable bunch of people and really want to make this work for our busy little workshop.

Response from Katana Technologies

Thank you Gaz for all the support!

Replied 09/09/2019
Rebecca
  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 26/10/2021

Intuitive, Fast To Implement, and Beautifully Designed

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 Cloud Manufacturing

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.
Brent
  • Industry: Machinery
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
4
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
5

4
Reviewed on 16/08/2023

First time Katana user

Overall, we have been very happy with the product. There are some features we would like to see implemented, and those have been passed onto to their support team. But the value has far exceeded the cost and we are excited to get completely rolled out soon!

Pros

The setup is quick and easy and the customer service is nothing short of excellent. We love the simple interface which makes it easy to train others on,. The Excel templates allow for bulk uploads of all of the required data categories which doesn't need to be uploaded manually.

Cons

It could be more circular in that you sometimes have to jump back and forth within the system to complete a task. The production operation feature should allow you to set a default number of labor hours per task so that it isn't required with each manufacturing order setup.

Daniel
  • Industry: Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
1
Features
2
Ease of Use
2
Customer Support
2

3
Reviewed on 10/02/2022

Promised so much delivered far short of what we hoped

Disappointed. They are pretending this software is the best thing since sliced bread and its more like a stale baguette.

Pros

It works on a basic level for stock management and also bills of materials.

Cons

It fails to have any sort of calender or gantt chart. It also fails terribly with time planning/recording of how long a task can take. For example you can't even put into the system that you start your working day at half past the hour only full hours are allowed. Further to the time planning side you can not block out time for holidays or meetings. Making this software useless to plan your time and give acreate lead times to customers.

Alternatives Considered

MRPeasy

Reasons for Choosing Katana Cloud Manufacturing

In the middle of the switch but it seams to offer far more options and cross capability.

Switched From

Odoo

Response from Katana Technologies

Hi Daniel! Thank you for your honest feedback. We are continuously working on improving on the points of time planning and will be ready with better capabilities in the coming months already.

Replied 09/03/2022
Brad
  • Industry: Textiles
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

4
Reviewed on 08/09/2023

Katana for a small manufacturer

We're still in the implementation stage, but Katana has met the majority of our business requirements with ease. It's been easy to transfer and upload data into Katana and we're feeling very confident about go live. Customer support is outstanding and they pass all improvement suggestions up to their development team for review. They embrace continuous improvement similarly to our manufacturing floor.

Pros

The ease of building products and variants. Our products have a lot of variants, and Katana makes it very easy to manage them all simultaneously. The previous MRP system used required us to build a unique BOM for every variant, which took significant time.

Cons

Minimum order quantity feature. Ability to reject/second quality part of a manufacturing lot. Develop an easy way to see product list not broken down into variants. Have the ability to only show certain BOM items on the shop floor app. Consumables like glue and tape don't need to be shown.

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