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Fishbowl Manufacturing

Fishbowl Manufacturing® gives you the same automation platform large businesses use, but at an affordable price.

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Fishbowl Manufacturing® is an affordable inventory & Manufacturing solution for small and midsize businesses

Fishbowl Manufacturing offers manufacture orders, advanced work orders, bills of materials, and other tools you need to maximize efficiency within your production process. Whether you have simple or more complex manufacturing needs, Fishbowl Manufacturing is a great solution for you.

Fishbowl Manufacturing includes all of the amazing features that are available in Fishbowl Warehouse while allowing you to extend the capabilities with access to the Manufacturing suite.

Automate your Manufacturing Processes to save time and money, and easily report on costs and margins.

Automate manufacturing processes in your business using the Automated Custom Work Order, Batch Work Orders, Work Orders, and Repair Work Orders and gain total visibility as to what can be made using the Available to build calculations in Fishbowl.

View all of your inventory across an unlimited number of locations and control your inventory with the ability to carry out simple Stocktakes, either company wide or by location. Easily cycle count, move inventory, and scrap faulty goods.

The Fishbowl Manufacturing suite allows you to track Lot and Serial Number tracking throughout the production process.

We implement all new clients onsite in your business and once live, we have local support – real people on a real phone number, all based in Australia.

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Fishbowl Manufacturing


Fishbowl Manufacturing is a fully featured inventory management solution. Create, manage, or view advanced work orders, bills of materials, lot and serial number tracking, barcode scanning, available-to-build calculations, true cost of goods, yield calculations, and more.

Integrates with Xero, Quickbooks Online, Reckon Accounts, and 12+ e-commerce platforms, including BigCommerce, eBay, Shopify, Magento, Amazon, WooCommerce, and more.

Inventory Management

Streamline and scale your processes with advanced inventory management features. Manage multiple locations. Track purchase orders and manufacture orders. Create reorder points for every item in your warehouse. Calculate ideal reorder quantity for each inventory item.

Additionally, manage multiple warehouses, set up auto reorder points to prevent stockouts, generate barcodes, automate order creation, and more.

Fishbowl Inventory Management
Fishbowl Manufacturing

Advanced Work Orders

Automate work order creation, whether simple or complex, for all your tasks. Create build-to-order work orders for assembly, sub-assembly, disassembly, repair, and other jobs.

Group multiple work orders into overarching manufacture orders. Add step by step instructions. Categorize, prioritize, and schedule work orders, and attach pictures, documents, and notes.

Barcode Scanning

Turn your smartphone or tablet’s camera into a barcode scanner with our mobile app (Apple iOS and Android).

Plus, perform cycle counts (Stocktakes), check inventory quantities, create sales orders, pick and pack orders, accept signatures, receive items, assign lot and serial numbers, get low stock notifications, and more.

Fishbowl Go Barcode scanning

Why did we buy Fishbowl? We wanted a Manufacturing system that was able to grow and adapt with our business and set us apart in our industry.

Fishbowl is a key inventory system that has developed into so much more for us. It helps in all Manufacturing processes and has FANTASTIC reporting.

Emma Shepherd

Operations Manager, DOLPHIN PLASTICS

All the Bill of Materials Tools


After you create a Bill of Materials (BOM) in Fishbowl, you can save it for future use. Create all of your Bill of Materials and duplicate easily, allowing for variations over time for version control.  From the Bill of Materials create Work Orders for each production run and associate other information against your Bill of Materials such as routes and instructions, Location for production and Build Time.

Fishbowl caters to your more complex production needs such as multi-stage Bill of Materials, ability to include internal labour or outsourced production processes such as powder coating of cost for one off times such as setup times in the production area.


Within Bill of Materials you can detail the instructions, routes or processes that need to be followed during the manufacturing process including external links to files or images of processes.


With Fishbowl you can create multiple Work Orders within an overriding Manufacturing order for separate products being made together or if a production process has stages. 

Each Work Order can be assigned to a Location, Category (anything from a production line to a staff member for scheduling) and production time. 

Once your Work Orders are scheduled in Fishbowl, you can generate a Work Order Traveller with Instruction Steps or manage the process electronically on a tablet with Fishbowl GO.

Plan & Measure your Manufacturing


Move Work Orders through different Locations so that you know exactly where your Work Orders are up to.  Be alerted if something has not been completed on time and know your staffing requirements by production area.


Dynamically manage your production schedule in a Calendar view by dragging Work Orders and changing their expected time allocation. 

Filter the Calendar by Work Order Category to filter your calendar for particular staff or production segments.


Once the Work Order has been actioned, keep track of where everything is up to by Starting the Work Order, Picking the Stock to the Work Order so you know what your inventory levels really are and consume for the stock picked; allowing Fishbowl to report your production yield as below. 


If you have a need to track Serial Numbers, Batch Numbers, Lot Numbers or Expiry dates of stock through your production process from Raw Material through to a Finished Product, Fishbowl gives you complete traceability.

Smart Manufacturing Automation


Combine Fishbowl Manufacturing with Fishbowl Time which is a cloud-based timekeeping solution for tracking employees’ hours.  With Fishbowl Time, your production staff are able to clock on and off the open Work Orders in Fishbowl showing you the accurate labour costs in your manufacturing work orders.

Fishbowl Time Lets you:

  • Incorporate labour costs into total costs of work orders
  • Budget labour costs and then compare them to the actual numbers
  • Clock in and out from any Internet-connected device
  • Use GPS tracking to check where employees clock in and out from


If you manufacture products to customers orders, this process is completely automated with Fishbowl.  You can configure a Bill of Material to automatically create the Work Order when a Sales Order is entered for that item and even create configurable Bill of Materials which enables a sales person to configure the product which needs to be made.


If certain parts, materials or services are purchased specifically when needed for a Manufacturing Order, use the MO to PO wizard to have Fishbowl create the required Purchase Orders for all or just the required items.

Powerful Manufacturing Reports


Generate the reports that you need throughout the Production process.  From the initial Work Order Traveller, Scheduling reports or Manufacturing Cost reports. 

If you are in an Industry that requires particular production reporting, work with our team to build that report into your Fishbowl.

Fishbowl Manufacturing FAQs

How does Fishbowl Manufacturing automate coordination between several locations?

Fishbowl’s manufacturing solutions enable you to automate complex manufacturing tasks across an unlimited number of products, users, departments, and locations, making it the foundation to build for future growth.

The software facilitates multifaceted process flow, optimally organising and streamlining production. The manufacturing automation process is made possible by the input of detailed product production recipes and instructions for fabrication, all linked into Fishbowl’s inventory management functions.

This allows different departments and locations involved in the product manufacturing process to:

  • easily create multiple-stage bills of materials.
  • plan to accommodate any production changes.
  • have detailed recipes for product design and ingredients.
  • provide clear production instructions to make it easy for all users, and
  • constantly monitor and quickly maintain production equipment.

Does Fishbowl Manufacturing handle import taxes and custom charges?

Fishbowl is designed to integrate with the most popular business programs to automate your critical activities and improve process efficiency.

So, if you use freight carriers to send goods out to your customers, then the StarshipIt integration could save you and your dispatch team time and money.

When you enter an order in Fishbowl, the StarshipIt plugin allows you to calculate and add freight charges as needed.

The shipment is fulfilled in Fishbowl, and the tax invoice is then automatically driven to your accounting system. Fishbowl currently conforms with three, namely: QuickBooks, Xero, and Reckon Accounts. The integrated automation of your manufacturing systems with your business programs enables you to easily manage process flow and product delivery.

What industries best benefit from Fishbowl Manufacturing?

There are a wide variety of industries that benefit from Fishbowl’s software solutions. The company’s ability to automate and maximise manufacturing production processes improves inventory monitoring and resource usage to optimise management of the manufacturing production flow. Some 19 business sectors currently use Fishbowl Manufacturing’s services. These include:

If you can’t see your industry listed here, speak to one of our representatives to find out if and how we can help you by calling: 

AUS: 1300 785 755

NZ: 0800 785 755

How Does Fishbowl Manufacturing speed up the process of production?

Fishbowl Manufacturing’s ability to automate and speed up complex manufacturing processes saves you time and money.
Amongst other things, the bill of materials programme’s abilities includes creating simple and multi-level work orders to minimise the time involved by improving manufacturing process flow.

In addition to its manufacturing software solutions automating and coordinating production procedures, its inventory software speeds up the assembly process. It does this by creating build-to-order directives, using tracking and batch control information at different manufacturing stages, eliminating unnecessary steps, and then printing invoices on completion.

Fishbowl has repeatedly proven itself to be an affordable manufacturing solution for businesses of all sizes.

What can be included in the bill of materials?

The bill of materials can be adjusted to automatically meet all sorts of product manufacturing process needs. Moreover, in addition to words, it can include pictures of the parts you’re looking for to make them easier to identify.

The bill of materials can be customised to satisfy the specifications relating to individual products, as well as modified to manage the manufacturing of different versions of the same product.

Parts on a bill of materials can quickly be located within your warehouse. If you don’t use everything originally specified, you can easily adjust the records to show the actual number of parts used to reduce waste, making it an ideal manufacturing solution.

Is there a limit to how many products can be tracked with Fishbowl?

Fishbowl is a powerful asset-tracking solution for an organisation of any size. Its automated production, warehousing, inventory tracking, and batch control, combined with its serial tracing abilities, means there’s no limit to the number of products that can be tracked by limitless users over any number of locations.

Whether you are manufacturing, distributing, selling, servicing, or just managing goods, Fishbowl can manage your processes with ease.

Fishbowl gives you all the tools you need to manage multiple products, warehouses, and shipments as well as monitor expiration dates, auto-reorder materials, and increase efficiency.

How does Fishbowl track inventory that is missing?

You will enjoy a whole new level of efficiency with Fishbowl’s detailed automated manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution systems.

Fishbowl tracks the location and status of every part and product you have in your inventory system. The system incorporates pre-set inventory tracking, serial and serial batch control, and serial tracking programs, which ensure you always know where your inventory is and who is responsible for it at any point in the manufacturing and distribution process.

This makes things easier to find when you need them. Plus, knowing which items are in stock, on order, back-ordered, and being used is essential to help you make wise business decisions regarding your inventory and order management.

Can Fishbowl track inventory by best-before dates?

Yes, Fishbowl’s services enable you to track inventory by best-before dates.

Fishbowl helps you make sense of things by creating and maintaining a strong stock management system, including alerts and reminders. It ensures all your perishable goods are tracked under automated inventory tracking, batch control systems, and serial tracking.

Fishbowl’s stock control management programs keep everything under control. Compliance is much easier with complete batch and expiry date traceability and end-to-end sales order and purchase order management.

These all contribute to you only manufacturing what you need, minimising material usage and wastage, and avoiding warehousing unnecessary products.

How many warehouses can be tracked?

Fishbowl enables you to view all your stock across an unlimited number of warehouses and control your inventory by conducting simple stocktakes either company-wide or by location. You can easily cycle count, move inventory, and scrap faulty goods to make quick, accurate stocktakes, a normal way of life.

The location module lets you search for any product or part by its name, description, location group, status, and/or tag numbers. This gives you the ability to quickly check inventory counts and tracking information within any location.

Fishbowl’s barcode scanning brings accuracy and efficiency to your operations by reducing manual double-entry and the need for excessive paperwork.

What is the process of batch control at Fishbowl?

Fishbowl tracks item batches throughout your business from the warehouse to production, storage, and sale.

Fishbowl can then provide complete forward and reverse tracking reports to see where a raw materials batch was used and to whom the finished products were sold. Or clarify a quality assurance issue on a finished product where you can see what raw material batches were used and when. This makes part audits much easier.

Fishbowl’s serial tracking follows the location and status of every part and product you have in your inventory system. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Creation date
  • Expiration date
  • Lot number
  • Revision number
  • Serial number
  • Tag number, and
  • Customer information
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