Throughput Consulting Inc., is an innovated software development company that was founded in 2005 to address specific requirements in the various manufacturing verticals such as: service-based manufacturing companies that are part of the manufacturing supply chain. A few examples are Heat Treating, Powder Coating, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Liquid and other Coatings, Plating, Forging, Surface Finishing, Metallurgical and Testing Labs.
Throughput Consulting Inc. is the developer of the award winning Bluestreak I MES I QMS™ platform as well as Bright AM™ for Additive Manufacturing production control, work order management and quality/specification adherence. The company also provides custom software development and specialized training services.
Bluestreak™ is flexible enough to handle virtually any service-based, process-oriented manufacturing production environment. We even use Bluestreak™ everyday ourselves to manage multiple projects, development queues, business activities, and communications with customers and system users. We too provide a service – valuable information management in an easy-to-use dynamic software system.
Our software is 100% browser-based and can be licensed in the Cloud or run Perpetually on your own internal servers. The backend is Microsoft® SQL Server® along with IIS (Internet Information Services). There is ZERO software to install on any device that accesses Bluestreak™ and it runs ANY modern device that has a browser; the browser is our operating system. We even have people using eReaders like a Kindle® or Nook®!
In order to get new functionality into the hands of users often and to keep current with HTML5 standards, we release software updates 12 times a year – every month! We also offer a complete 24×7 online video library as well as online Instructor-Led Training courses (ILT), to keep you up-to-date on the latest new versions, features and best practices.
Todd Wenzel is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer. He has architected and built custom enterprise software solutions since the mid 1980’s, and has been heavily involved in the Metal Treating sector of manufacturing since 1990.
From its inception in 2004, Todd Wenzel has served as President of Throughput Consulting, Inc., an enterprise software company serving the Metal & Surface Treating industry. Throughput’s flagship software product, Bluestreak™, is the culmination of Mr. Wenzel’s 25+ years of partnering with Service-Based Manufacturing company leaders, to provide software solutions that tackle the industry’s most pressing business challenges.
Director, Strategic Accounts
Ron Beltz serves as Throughput | Bluestreak’s™ Director of Strategic Accounts and assists in marketing strategy, while managing the sales and business development activities from the company’s Tampa, FL location. Ron is a graduate of Control Data Institute of Technology while receiving additional training from Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corp., and the Dale Carnegie Management Training Series. Prior to joining Throughput | Bluestreak™, Ron has functioned as Director of IT/CIO for a steel company in Canton, OH, Technical Director for a multinational consulting firm, served as an Engagement Manager over Teams in the U.S., Canada, India, and a nearshore solution center located in Montreal.
Ron has assisted many organizations with determining their specific requirements and packaging turnkey solutions which achieve the business/operational goals set forth. Ron has served on several Boards, been invited to present at IT User’s Groups, technical schools, class graduations, and was a previous elected official.
Joe Coleman comes to us from one of the world’s leading aerospace and additive manufacturing solution providers. Joe is a detail-driven production and quality management leader with over 35 years of diverse Manufacturing and Engineering experience. Joe’s background includes an exemplary and accomplished career as a Machinist, Machining Manager, Lead Manufacturing Engineer and onsite Bluestreak | Bright AM™ MES/QMS System Administrator.
Joe started his career as a machinist and mold maker advancing to Machining Manager at one of the early Additive Manufacturing (AM) pioneers, Morris Technologies in Cincinnati. After 8 years with Morris Technologies, Joe transitioned to GE Aviation and its Additive Technology Center (ATC) as Lead Manufacturing Engineer where he trained Aerospace designers and engineers from the individual Part design stage, to prototyping and eventually full production of their AM projects.
Joe played an integral part on the ATC setup, configuration and implementation team for Bluestreak’s Additive Manufacturing software, Bright AM™. In that role, Joe was also responsible for training, mentoring and managing over 130 Bright AM™ system users while maintaining over 6,000 active production Work Orders, many of which included outside vendor processing services, such as heat treating and surface finishing.
Along with training and mentoring new Bright AM customers and users, Joe is also working with our Bluestreak™ team towards achieving DFARS, CMMC, and NIST 800-171 compliance and certification. The DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) requires compliance with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) SP (special publication) 800-171 security controls, and supports CMMC, which is the U.S. Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification for supply chain participation in DoD contracts.
Technical Sales Support Specialist
Donna Cobbs is an accomplished, results-driven leader with over 20 years of exemplary accomplishments managing global adoption/change initiatives for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Donna is recognized for creating industry “best practice” solutions, and as an exceptional communicator with the ability to convey complex technical information in user-friendly terms and ready to tackle challenges and solve problems.
Her experience includes working within the manufacturing, utilities, oil & gas, aerospace and defense, beverages and pharmaceutical sectors in identifying stakeholder needs, readiness, and risks associated with implementations and the solutions to help achieve optimum adoption of the initiative.
Donna championed leading the change management effort for SAP and Oracle implementations; as well as major business process changes not related to software changes. She has extensive project management and leadership experience supporting various manufacturing and distribution clients through the entire business transformation journey.
As a senior consultant, Donna successfully lead business process improvement, project management, risk assessment, evaluation and selection projects with outstanding results. She has experience driving business transformation for manufacturers in the beverages industry, complex manufacturing, medical device, industrial manufacturing and other sectors. These organizations have benefited from Donna ’s focus on delivering high quality and value throughout each project.
Donna earned her Associates in Business Administration concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Business Administration. Since joining the Throughput Consulting, Inc, Donna is successfully supporting every single aspect of the transformation lifecycle serving Bluestreak’s clients as Technical Support Specialist.
Mike Besaw is Throughput | Bluestreak’s™ Director of Software Development. Mike is also responsible for designing, coding and implementing the UI (user interface) touchpoints that provide for a more gratifying and efficient end-user experience within the company’s software system platforms. Mike is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and after serving as an Engineer for the U.S. Department of the Navy for 10 years in California, he returned to America’s Dairyland and his old Wisconsin stomping grounds.
After a segue from electronic design, Mike quickly found his passion in software development which fueled his drive for software quality and continuous improvement, which benefits both Bluestreak™ MES/QMS and Bright AM™ systems customers and their employees. For Mike, it’s all about creative problem solving, as he believes that every problem encountered offers an excellent opportunity to find a better way to achieve the end goal. In June of 2021, Mike will be celebrating his 16th year with Throughput Consulting Inc.
Manager, Technical System Support
Vijai Kumar joined Throughput | Bluestreak™ in early 2011 with professional software development experience across transportation, financial and manufacturing domains. VJ helped achieving several technological advancements in the software development methodology at Throughput | Bluestreak. Some of them include Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Test Driven Development and Automated Testing. With his passion towards Technical System Support and working with Customers, he is involved with the Customer IT department from the beginning of the Project Implementation and continuing with ongoing software support. He has helped with the integration of Bluestreak with several external manufacturing systems like Wonderware, SSi, Eurotherm etc and also support the customers in the BlueCharts implementation.
VJ holds a Master’s Degree in Computers and has over 21 years of Professional Software Development experience in the U.S.A. VJ is a naturalized U.S Citizen and enjoys working with the Bluestreak team.
Director, Customer Success
Gary Wenzel joined Throughput | Bluestreak™ in late 2010 after 30 years of progressive leadership, management, and executive experience. Most recently, Gary was the Fiscal Officer for the Village of Hartville, located in NE Ohio. Prior to that, Gary held positions as an IT & Small Business Consultant in Wadsworth Ohio, Business Manager & Officer of the Board for a non-profit organization in Akron OHio, Executive Sales Engineer for a Fortune 500 company living and working in various states over the years, including; New York, Indiana, Washington and Wisconsin. Gary is a graduate of Bethel College, graduating with honors holding a BS degree in Organizational Management. Since coming to Throughput | Bluestreak™ he has served as the Director of Customer Success.
Rick Bergles has spent 40 years working for commercial and captive heat treating companies. His understanding of service based companies is shared by only a few people in the industry; from blast operator to purchasing manager to IT Director. Rick has personally managed and implemented three different software packages into an active commercial heat treat shop, as well as countless Bluestreak™ implementations throughout North America. His personal experience and dedication is the perfect recipe for guaranteeing a successful Bluestreak™ implementation into your shop.
Rick and his team do not just tell you how a feature works, they explain it in your terms and work shoulder-to-shoulder with you showing how to use each feature to your shop’s best advantage.
Director of Marketing
Jean Wenzel, after graduating from Mount Mary University, Wauwatosa, WI, enjoyed a lengthy career in media/sponsorship sales for America Society for Quality (ASQ), National Funeral Director’s Association and later as Marketing Director for a variety of Medical Societies that included The American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE), The Society for Clinical Data Management and The International Society for Quality of Life Research. Jean joined Bluestreak in 2014 as Director of Marketing and manages a number of strategies to support the Sales and Education Department.
These are the Associations of which Bluestreak™ is a proud member:
Throughput | Bluestreak™ is a MTI Sponsor Since 2005
The Metal Treating Institute is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association that was established in 1933. MTI represents the largest worldwide network of commercial heat treaters, manufacturers with in-house heat treating operations and suppliers who serve both commercial and captive heat treaters.
MTI brings a wealth of resources for heat treaters in specification design, technical training, business data intelligence, leadership development and network connection. Watch the MTI video to learn more.
The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) represents the North American powder coating industry, promotes powder coating technology and communicates the benefits of powder coating to manufacturers, consumers, and government
Formed on May 1, 1981, as a non-profit organization, PCI works to advance the utilization of powder coating as an economical, non-polluting and high quality finish for your industrial and consumer products.
ASM International serves materials professionals, nontechnical personnel, and managers worldwide by providing high-quality materials information, education and training, networking opportunities, and professional development resources in cost-effective and user-friendly formats. ASM is where materials users, producers, and manufacturers converge to do business. Learn more at: www.asminternational.org
Located in Washington DC, NASF represents the interests of businesses, technologists and professionals in the surface coatings industry. Its highly regarded programs and activities are informed by NASF’s mission to advance an environmentally and economically sustainable future for the finishing industry and to promote the vital role of surface technology in the global manufacturing value chain.
SME Stands For Manufacturing
SME helps manufacturers innovate, grow and prosper by promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and connecting the manufacturing industry.
As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.