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, 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 system users. We too provide a service – valuable information management in an easy-to-use dynamic software system.
Director Strategic Accounts
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.
Rick Bergles has spent 32 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Besaw is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He worked as an Engineer for the Department of the Navy for 10 years in California before returning to his home in Wisconsin. Switching from electronic design, he found his passion in software development. For Mike, it's all about problem solving. Mike is responsible for implementing the UI designs in Bluestreak™. In June of 2018, Mike celebrated his 13th year with Throughput Consulting.
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.
MTI awarded Bluestreak™ the "2015 Associate Member of the Year", the FIRST TIME a technology company was given such honors. Thank you MTI for this recognition!
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.