Catalyst SAPConsole Data Collection Solution Set Improves Inventory Control at C H Sugar

Solution for C & H’s SAP WM includes Catalyst library transactions for SAP data collection, wireless infrastructure and Intermec RF data collection equipment


Milwaukee, WI, April 8, 2004 — Catalyst International, Inc. (OTC: CLYS.OB), a global supplier of supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, recently provided a comprehensive wireless data collection solution for C & H Sugar Company, Inc., which makes more than 250 types, grades and package configurations of sugar for consumer, foodservice, and industrial consumption. The solution included Catalyst’s library of native R/3 data collection transactions, custom data collection transactions developed by Catalyst to meet C & H’s unique requirements and custom label printing.

The native SAP data collection system was installed to improve inventory control and accuracy in the warehouse portion of C & H’s 1,400,000 square-foot refinery and distribution center in Crockett, CA. This facility was built in the early 20th century and accounts for roughly 10% of the country’s annual production of refined sugar.

By utilizing SAPConsole (SAP’s native character based radio frequency {RF} solution designed to translate SAP graphical screens into character-based screens), the company provided C & H Sugar a comprehensive solution that included:

  • 20 RF enabled transactions to support C & H’s unique business processes (most were from Catalyst’s own library while others were custom developed).
  • A secure wireless infrastructure with 38 access points throughout the multi- floor warehouse. Some of the access points required dual 802.11b radio technology for the indoor and outdoor coverage areas.
  • 40 model 2435 RF data collection devices from Intermec.
  • Integration with SAP WM to manage 400 different types of finished goods.

“Our deadlines were extremely tight and our building’s age and unusual configuration presented unique challenges,” said Gary Walden, Project Manager for C & H Sugar. “An SAP representative recommended Catalyst because of their extensive experience with SAPConsole and wireless data collection in the warehouse environment. The consultants from Catalyst were knowledgeable professionals who met all our deadlines and delivered a solution that enabled us to gain control of the open warehouse portion of our facility.”

The C & H Sugar open warehouse comprises roughly 30% of the building’s space. It is used primarily as an overflow area and for items (e.g., 2000-pound bags) that aren’t handled by C & H’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). Before Catalyst implemented the wireless data collection system, inventory accuracy in this area was not quantifiable, but probably was in the range of 30 - 35%. C & H Sugar made the decision to convert its ERP legacy system to SAP in early 2003 and began extending its functionality to include SAP WM later that same year.


About C & H Sugar

Located in Crockett, CA near San Francisco, C & H Sugar processes about 700,000 tons of cane sugar each year. Its products for the U.S. market include packaged consumer sugars as well as packaged, liquid and bulk granulated industrial-use cane sugars. The company, which originally was named the California and Hawaiian Sugar Refining Company, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2006. For further information, visit the company website at www.chsugar.com.

About Catalyst

Catalyst International, Inc. (OTC: CLYS.OB) delivers software and solutions that enable companies to optimize the performance of their enterprise supply chains. Catalyst is the only resource that combines 25 years of industry leadership in warehouse and logistics software development with an in-depth understanding of ERP systems. Catalyst has provided successful SCE solutions for customers around the world, including Boeing, Brown Forman, Office Max, Panasonic, Rayovac, Reebok, Subaru, and The Home Depot. It is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and has offices or representatives in the UK, Italy, Mexico and South America. For more information, call toll-free 800-236-4600 or visit www.catalystinternational.com.

For More Information

Contact: Ruta Hunter
Phone: 414-430-1440
Email: rhunter@catalystinternational.com