Throughput Consulting Inc. (TCI), located in Delafield, WI, is an innovated software development company that was founded in 2005 to address specific requirements in various service-based manufacturing verticals. A few examples are Heat Treating, Powder Coating, Liquid and other Coatings, Plating, Forging, Surface Finishing, etc.
Then, in 2016, TCI began developing the Bright AM™ solution for MES I QMS in Additive Manufacturing production facilities.
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, interfaces to most other software systems, and specialized training services, both onsite and online.
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 AM service providers. We too provide a service – valuable information management in an easy-to-use dynamic software system.
Todd has architected and built custom enterprise software solutions since the mid 1980’s and has been heavily involved in the design and development of manufacturing execution control systems (MES) since 1990. In the early 2000’s he began developing quality management integration control (QMS) components to complement the MES functional requirements of multiple industry verticals. Since 2016, Todd has been actively involved in the design and development of the Bright AM™ solution for Additive Manufacturing production facilities. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer.
From its inception in 2004, Todd has served as President of Throughput Consulting, Inc. (TCI), an enterprise software company headquartered in Wisconsin, that designed, developed and supports the Bluestreak™ and Bright AM™ MES/QMS solutions. TCI’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 within their production facilities. Todd is also an accomplished speaker and presenter on multiple IT-related topics.
Since joining the company in early 2015, Ron serves as TCI’s Director of Strategic Accounts for the Bright AM™ MES/QMS software suite. He assists in marketing strategy, while managing the sales and business development activities from the company’s Tampa, FL location. Ron is a graduate of Ohio’s Control Data Institute of Technology, the Dale Carnegie Management Training Series and received additional training from Hewlett Packard and Digital Equipment Corp.
Previously, Ron has functioned as CIO for a steel company in Canton, OH in the 1980’s, then with a multinational consulting firm for 22 years, he served as Site Coordinator, Technical Director, Senior Relationship Executive, VP and Engagement Manager/Director over Teams in the U.S., Canada, India, and a nearshore solution center located in Montreal. Living in OH, NC, SC, GA and FL, Ron has assisted many organizations with requirements definition and packaging turnkey solutions which achieves the business/operational goals set forth. Ron has also served on several Boards, spoke at various User Groups, technical schools, class graduations, and was a previous elected official. He and his wife Renee (of 36 years) have two sons and one daughter.
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.
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.
Based out of the company’s Tampa, FL location, Gary serves as TCI’s Director of Customer Success for all Bright AM™ and Bluestreak™ customers around the world. Gary joined Throughput | Bluestreak™ in late 2010 after 30 years of progressive leadership, management, and executive experience. Gary has previously held positions as an IT/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; OH, NY, IN, WA and WI.
Since coming to Throughput | Bluestreak™ Gary has worn multiple ‘hats’ while serving and supporting various departments within the company, while being a proponent of the 6 P’s management style – Proper Prior Planning Precludes Poor Performance. Gary is a graduate of Bethel College, graduating with honors holding a BS degree in Organizational Management. He also was the Fiscal Officer for the Village of Hartville, located not too far from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Ms. 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.
Working from TCI’s Northeast Ohio location, Ryan serves as a Database Analyst and performs other duties as a key member of the Tech Support Group. Ryan has assisted Throughput | Bluestreak™ on multiple special projects over the years before joining the company full time in June of 2018 with professional experience in software management and customer support. He has also been involved with the ‘branding’ of Throughput | Bluestreak™ since 2012, and now with Bright AM™ by creating, producing and editing media content. Working directly with many Bright AM™ and Bluestreak™ customers across the globe, Ryan also supports individual (and customized) ‘branding’ initiatives within the applicable software modules as is required for all new customers.
For the past 16 years, Ryan has worked within media production and marketing for his local church and other organizations. He is currently studying Information Technology at Herzing University and lives in Akron, OH with his wife and two beautiful dogs.
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