Communications Corporation provides worldwide high-speed
telecommunications network switching systems. This company
developed the Lifespan/Starspan systems used by the Bell Telephone
Companies to change their operations from analog to digital
switching. DSC's Access Products Division requires over one
million front panel multiple line cards per year to support
their manufacturing and assembly operations. SKS was asked to
provide a "Total Production Analysis" to determine the
feasibility of die casting these parts.
The front panels were originally fabricated as a
three-piece steel stamping that was spot welded into one piece.
The part was powder coated and given a silk-screened
identification. By working together, SKS's and DSC's engineering
staffs developed a one-piece zinc die cast part that was powder coated
and labeled. The new design eliminated
three-part fabrication, the welding operation and the silk
screening. The sheet metal part cost $6.20 each; the newly
designed die cast part cost $1.39, saving DSC $4.81 per part.
In the first six years of an 11-year program, SKS
has delivered over 5,000,000 front panels to DSC's Access Products
Division, saving over $24,000,000.
SKS has been chosen by DSC Communications
Corporation as a recipient of their most prestigious supplier award, the
1996 DSC Quality Award for outstanding performance in the areas of
quality, delivery, cost and service. Only those suppliers that
have clearly demonstrated a total commitment to providing superior
products and services are nominated. DSC has over 400 suppliers
furnishing components to support their programs; only 10 companies were