Manufacturing Insights

Analyze manufacturing cost, resource and materials usage through Manufacturing Insights

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Written by Rainar Essenson
Updated over a week ago

As a manufacturer, understanding your manufacturing costs, material usage, and resource usage is crucial to running a profitable business. Manufacturing Insights displays dashboards that offer insight into areas of your manufacturing operations, allowing you to make more informed decisions to increase your bottom line.

Note: Manufacturing Insights are only usable through the Advanced Manufacturing Add-on (you need to be on a Standard plan or higher to add this Add-on)

Dashboards provide important insight into the health of your business, allowing you to quickly find details on the following:

  • Manufacturing cost trends (over time)

  • Material usage trends (over time)

  • Resource usage trends (over time)

  • The cost of different manufacturing operations

  • Which materials are the most expensive

  • Which resources and materials are the most used

Important information regarding Manufacturing Insights

  • Data is based on all Manufacturing orders

  • Price amounts are in your base currency, excluding taxes.

  • Date range on all dashboards is a mixture of completed orders based on Done date and all Open orders based on Delivery deadline

  • Data refreshs every 10 minutes

Accessing Manufacturing Insights

  1. Choose the Insights screen from the top navigation bar.

  2. The Manufacturing page > Cost overview tab gives a general overview of costs occurring in production over a specified period.

    NOTE: Learn more about how useing the dashboard.

  3. You can navigate to other tabs for further exploration into your manufacturing operations and ingredient usage details.

Insights exploration

The Manufacturing insights screen consists of three unique tabs with different angles on manufacturing data.

Cost overview

Provides a general overview of your manufacturing costs over a set period of time. You can analyze production costs and identify areas where to reduce expenses, track their costs over time and see how they have changed, and analyze cost breakdown by material and operating expenses.

This tab helps answer questions such as:

  • How does the manufacturing cost trend over time? (learn how to set a filter)

  • Which products are the most expensive to produce?

  • What is the cost breakdown between materials and resources? (How to select on a chart)

  • Which products have the highest manufacturing costs?

  • What are the total manufacturing costs for the year?


Provides insights into material usage across manufacturing operations, thus making it easier to track changes in material costs and keep products priced accordingly.

This tab helps answer questions such as:

  • How is the material usage trending over time?

  • Which materials have a discrepancy between planned and actual usage?

  • Which materials are the most expensive?

  • Which products use the most materials?

  • Which materials are used in which products?

  • What are the total material costs for the year? (How to use pivot tables).


Provides insights into the usage of resources across manufacturing operations, making it easier to track changes in resource costs and optimize your manufacturing process.

This tab helps answer questions such as:

  • How is resource usage trending over time?

  • Which resources and operations have a discrepancy between planned and actual usage?

  • Which resources are the most expensive?

  • What are the total resource costs for the year? (How to use pivot tables).

Creating custom dashboards

For a more customized dashboard, you can export data from the insights pages by using the download button on each element.

You can also use our integration with Easy Insight to access visual dashboards for manufacturing analysis and create your own reports, or use SyncHub to access Katana's data model and create custom reports with BI tools (eg. PowerBI, Tableau, Excel, etc.).

Tips and tricks

Katana Insights is a modern dashboarding tool with great flexibility to filter, sort, and drill into data. This makes it easier to find the information you need quickly.

When accessing a report, you can filter the data by date, customer, product category, or product. You can also interact with charts and cross-filter the data by selecting a value on a chart. For example, you can select a specific time period on a line chart by dragging and selecting a date range.

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