This article gives a short overview of creating Production Operations for a product.

You can create Production Operations for a product manually, import using our template, or copy operations from another product inside Katana. 

This article gives an overview of creating Production Operations for a product with no variants. If you have enabled variants for a product, you can create specific operations for each product variant. Read more detailed instructions for creating variant-specific operations.

To create Production Operations manually in Katana:

1. Navigate to Production Operations on a product card

Production Operations can be created for a product on a product card. Navigate to the "Items" screen, select "Products" tab from the top of the table, and click on a product you wish to edit. Find a Production Operations tab next to the General Info and Product Recipe tabs.

2. Add operation steps

You can either create new Production Operations for a product or copy operations from another product.

To create new Production Operations, add the operation steps you need to complete to manufacture your product. Fill in the following fields:

Operation - select an Operation from the drop-down menu or create new by typing the Operation name and selecting "Create new: [operation]" from the drop-down menu. E.g. Cutting, Assembly, Quality Control.

Resource - select a Resource from the drop-down menu or create new by typing the Resource name and selecting "Create new: [resource]" from the drop-down menu. Resources can be workstations or employees, for example. Read more about managing Tasks for Resources.

Cost per hour - enter the average hourly cost of performing the operation step. This typically includes salary cost, but could also include the average hourly maintenance and electricity costs of the workstation, for example. Does not include material costs. 

When you are entering the Cost per Hour for a Resource for the first time, then the entered value will be saved as the default Cost per Hour for that Resource automatically. You can assign and edit default Cost per Hour for Resources in Settings -> Resources. The default Cost per Hour will be populated to your Resource automatically when you add it to any Production Operation steps.

Time - enter the duration of an operation step to produce one unit of the product. This can be later edited on each Manufacturing Order if the actual time spent in production is different from the default value defined in the Production Operations tab for a product.

Cost - the cost of an operation step to produce one unit of the product. This is a calculated field in Katana and cannot be manually edited by the user. Cost = Cost per hour * Time.

Copying Production Operations from another product

If the Production Operations of the product are similar to another product, a quick way to create operations is to copy them from the other product.

1. On the Production Operations page for a product, click on the "Copy operations from" button at the top right corner of the operations table.

2. Search for the product that you wish to use as a template for the current product's operations.

3. If you have already entered any operation steps to the current product, Katana will ask you to confirm the copy action as your current operations will be overwritten.


If you have enabled variants for a product, you can create specific operations for each product variant. Read more detailed instructions for creating variant-specific operations.


Importing Production Operations

Please find more instructions here.