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How to create production operations for product variants
How to create production operations for product variants

Create a specific Production operation for each variant of a product.

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Written by Dayvid Lorbiecke
Updated over a week ago

Create production operations specific to product variants, enhancing operational efficiency in Katana. This guide details how to tailor operations to different product attributes such as size or color, simplifying production management by enabling modifications from a single product card.

This article focuses on how to create variant-specific operations. If you are unfamiliar with variants in Katana, you may want to read what are variants and how to set up variants.

Using our variants feature together with variant-specific Production operations is more powerful than creating separate product cards and separate operations for each variant because this:

  • Is a more straightforward initial setup of variants and operations

  • Makes changes to operations faster and more convenient. If you need to change an operation, Resource, Time, or Cost per Hour used for all product variants, you can change it with a few clicks on a single product card, rather than replacing the same value for each variant on each product card separately.

How product variant options are displayed on the Production operations tab

If you enabled variants for a product in the General info section of a product card, you can enter relevant Variant Options (e.g. type, size, color) and Option Values (e.g. small, large, green, blue).

Where you checkmark the option to have multiple variants for a product

In Production operations:

  • Variant options appear as columns

  • Option values appear as possible selections in the drop-down menu for each Variant option and ingredient.

For example, if you enabled variants for a product, and added "Color" and "Size" as Variant Options:

Shows the Variants setup box with some options chosen

Initially, the Production operations section may look something like this (in this example, 3 operations are already added to the recipe, all of which currently apply to all product variants):

Shows the production operations tab

Assigning operations to specific variants

If you need to use different operations for each variant (some operations may match, while others are likely different).

Creating variant-specific production operations

  1. Add your Operations by entering all the operations required by the product variants and then proceeding to the next step, or enter an operation and immediately assign it to specific variants.
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  2. Assign operations to specific variants by selecting one or more variant Option values for each operation by clicking on a cell in any Variant option column and selecting the relevant Option values from the drop-down menu. By default, an operation is assigned to all variants (as shown by -all- statuses).

GIF showing the ability to make production operations specific to only some variations

In the example above, Quality Control is only for the Golden version of the hammer (both small and large size), but cutting and assembly are done for all colors and sizes.


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