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Bluestreak™ News

June 12, 2024
In the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape, misinformation can be as dangerous as any cyber threat. "Top 10 Myths of CMMC & NIST SP 800-171" debunks common misconceptions, providing clarity and actionable insights. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to compliance, understanding these myths is crucial for securing your organization's data and achieving compliance with confidence. Dive in to separate fact from fiction and strengthen your cybersecurity strategy today.

May 31, 2024
Understanding the differences between CMMC 2.0 and NIST SP 800-171 is crucial for any organization in the complex realm of Department of Defense compliance. Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer at Bluestreak Compliance, delves into these frameworks, highlighting their unique features and commonalities in Cyber Defense Magazine.


May 28, 2024
Bluestreak I Bright AM™ Approved as a Registered Practitioner Organization by the CMMC Accreditation Body
Bluestreak Compliance™, a division of Bluestreak | Bright AM™, the award-winning Quality Management and Manufacturing Execution System software company, proudly announces its approval as a CMMC Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (Cyber-AB). This significant achievement enables Bluestreak Compliance™ to offer expert consulting services to defense contractors and suppliers aiming to comply with CMMC cybersecurity standards and prepare for their Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) audits.

Collaborating with a CMMC-RPO ensures that you are working with individuals fully trained in cybersecurity according to DoD standards. In an era where cyber threats are increasingly prevalent, this assurance is a significant advantage and a compelling reason to engage with an RPO organization such as Bluestreak Compliance™.

April 2, 2024
Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer at Bluestreak Compliance™, sheds light on the crucial aspects of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and NIST SP 800-171 compliance in Control Engineering Magazine. In the article, Joe delves into the intricacies of CMMC certification levels and elucidates seven compelling reasons companies can initiate compliance efforts without delay. 

March 18, 2024

Cybersecurity stands as a paramount concern, particularly within governmental and defense sectors. The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to bolster its cybersecurity measures, aiming to fortify its defenses against emerging threats. In his latest article, Joe Coleman, a seasoned expert in defense and technology, delves into the intricacies of the newly proposed Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 rule in Defense and Munitions magazine.

March 16, 2024

In the realm of heat treatment, AI holds the promise of revolutionizing traditional processes, offering efficiency gains, enhanced precision, and improved outcomes. However, as with any transformative technology, AI also brings along its own set of challenges and considerations. In this article, we delve into the intricacies of AI adoption within heat treating operations, examining both its advantages and drawbacks


March 11, 2024
In his latest article featured in Heat Treat Today, Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer at Bluestreak Compliance™, delves into the critical realm of cybersecurity challenges within the heat-treating industry. With the proliferation of digital technologies and interconnected systems in industrial settings, the vulnerability to cyber threats has become increasingly pronounced. 

February 28, 2024
Dive into Joe Colman's article: DoD's CMMC 2.0: What Heat Treaters Need to Know as featured in Advanced Materials & Processes Magazine.

February 16, 2024

The fate of your company hinges on obtaining this certification. Take action immediately, as the official countdown has begun. Delve into the article featured in Thermal Processing for further insights. 

February 15, 2024

Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer at Bluestreak Compliance™, has proudly achieved his second CYBER AB CMMC Certification, underscoring his commitment to excellence in safeguarding digital assets.


January 15, 2024
Exploring the intricate connection between artificial intelligence and the heat treating industry reveals the profound impacts and complexities of AI, a topic thoroughly examined in Joe Colman's insightful article in Heat Treat Today.


December 11, 2023
The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into the heat treatment process brings with it a set of benefits and challenges. The article in Heat Treat Today, authored by Joe Coleman from Bluestreak Compliance™, aims to shed light on these various aspects. 


December 6, 2023

Is your business in the crosshairs of global cyber threats? Small businesses continue to be a primary target for cybercriminals. A must-read article in The Monty by Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer at Bluestreak Compliance™.


November 29, 2023

Joe Coleman Earns Additional CYBER AB CMMC Certification (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)

Joe Coleman,  Cyber Security Officer at Bluestreak Compliance™, recently achieved his second CYBER AB CMMC Certification, obtaining the status of Registered Practitioner Advanced (RPA). Part of being an RPA is the ability to implement all CMMC requirements for businesses to be audit-ready. CMMC is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) program that applies to Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors. It is a unifying standard and new certification model to ensure DoD contractors properly protect sensitive information. Compliance with NIST SP 800-171 is a prerequisite.

CMMC reports that the U.S. economy loses an estimated $57-109 billion to malicious cyber activity every year. In an effort to mitigate vendor-focused cyberattacks, all Department of Defense (DOD) contractors by 2025, will be required to be CMMC certified and will need a certified third-party assessment organization (C3PAO) to grant certification. Any contractor and subcontractor working with government organizations or Primes are required to safeguard Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in their possession and to protect any IT systems that process, store, or transmit CUI with the minimum of Level 2 certification. The DoD plans on maintaining a supplier database that contracting officers will review before awarding contracts.


November 20, 2023
What can you do to prevent ransomware attacks? Joe Coleman, Cybersecurity Officer at Bluestreak Compliance™ explains in the recent "Heat Treat Today" November publication

October 16, 2023
In this Thermal Processing article written by Joe Coleman, Bluestreak Compliance™ Cybersecurity Officer, you will be provided with answers to the most common questions regarding how heat treaters can position themselves for additional business by becoming compliant, remaining compliant, and improving overall cybersecurity health.


October 2, 2023
The article published in the October issue of The Monty, emphasizes the importance of enhanced physical and cybersecurity for the Heat Treating industry.

September 11, 2023

The 10th article in the series from the Cybersecurity Desk (Heat Treat Today), explains some of the changes that are being proposed in the Initial Public Draft of NIST 800-171 Revision 3. 

August 10, 2023

US Defense Contract Changes Mean New Rules for Heat Treaters
Alterations to US Defense Contracts bring about fresh regulations for Heat Treaters. It's of utmost importance to thoroughly peruse this article, as the fate of your present and prospective business endeavors might hinge upon it. 

August 8, 2023
As Featured in Industrial Heating: Beware of Software Automation! It can Annihilate your Quality Management!  You may be cutting corners!

June 20, 2023
Work-From-Home Cybersecurity Tips and Best Practices
This eighth article in the series from the Cybersecurity Desk (Heat Treat Today), will give you a better understanding of the benefits and challenges of working from home or assessing corporate networks and systems while traveling.

May 25, 2023

Cybersecurity for Heat Treaters
A string of cybersecurity requirements from the U.S. government could pose a threat to heat treaters who fail to comply. Read more about this important topic in HTpro Magazine.

This sixth article in the series from the Cybersecurity Desk (Heat Treat Today), will give you a better understanding of how to submit your basic NIST 800-171 self-assessment score into SPRS (Supplier Performance Risk System).

March 17, 2023
Is Your Job Shop Automation Going Too Far? 
The "why" is explained in this article featured in Powder Coating Online

January 26, 2023

Bluestreak I Bright AM™ Supports Industry Advocacy by Sponsoring Three MTI Technical Standards Committee Meetings

February (NADCAP) , April (AMEC), October (NADCAP)

From the Cybersecurity Desk Column in Heat Treat Today's December Issue: Cybersecurity Best Practices - Do's and Don’ts

Bluestreak's Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer explains Cybercrime is hands-down one of the quickest-growing crimes around the globe and it continues to impact organizations from all industries. Being protected from cyber-attacks is becoming more and more challenging.


November 16, 2022

Congratulations to Bluestreak's Cyber Security Officer!
Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer of Bluestreak Compliance™, has earned his CYBER AB CMMC Certification as an (RP) Registered Practitioner. CMMC is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) program that applies to Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors. It is a unifying standard and new certification model to ensure that DoD contractors properly protect sensitive information.
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From the Cybersecurity Desk Column in Heat Treat Today's November Issue: Bluestreak's Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer explains the DFARS Interim Rule and What It Means For Heat Treaters.


From the Cybersecurity Desk Column in Heat Treat, Today's September Issue: Bluestreak's Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer explains the requirements for 252.204 and NIST SP 800-171 and what they both mean for Heat Treaters.

August 25, 2022
Bluestreak™ is Now Offering Customized, Automatic Electronic Data Exchange
By automating paper-based transactions, organizations can eliminate costly errors, save time, and provide better customer service.
Learn more about how this works and how it can benefit your company and your best customers.

​July 19, 2022
As Featured in Heat Treat Today's Cybersecurity Desk Column: Why and How To Become a Compliant Heat Treater
Today’s Technical Tuesday is a Cybersecurity Desk feature written by Joe Coleman, Cyber Security Officer at Bluestreak Compliance™. 

May 26, 2022
DFARS Compliance is a Serious Business

If you’re not already DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST 800-171 compliant, NOW is the time to get started to avoid losing current and future Federal contracts. It’s not too late. Click to read the MTI blog written by Joe Coleman, Bluestreak I Bright AM™'s Cyber Security Officer.

February 14, 2022 

C3Data and Bluestreak Partner to Ensure Pyrometry Compliance

C3 Data’s real-time pyrometry compliance status can directly inform Bluestreak™, a leading Heat Treat Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Quality Management System (QMS) whether parts are about to be loaded into a specific furnace to meet AMS2750 compliance.


This collaboration enables two informational platforms to work in unison, effectively eliminating human-error-prone (manual) processes associated with pyrometry compliance. Since Bluestreak™ is already being used by many heat treaters for quoting and sales, work order entry and management, scheduling of jobs, production control and real-time job-step tracking, quality management, compliance assurance, and documentation control, operators will have the C3 pyrometry compliance connected to Bluestreak™ in real-time.


Both Bluestreak™ and C3 Data have built their solutions designed specifically for the Heat Treat industry. Every Heat Treat job has its own unique requirements, customer/part specifications, compliance requirements, preferred list of vendors, operational constraints, and audit management procedures to control, track, and document each individual job and work order.

“Our partnership with C3 Data is a logical one because we both excel in data integration and specification management. Bluestreak’s™ Integrated Quality Management System (QMS) ties quality control and quality assurance directly to production Work Centers, individual operator accountability, and equipment maintenance and management, including furnaces. Both companies help clients pass audits with ease and clarity, every time,” states Todd Wenzel, President of Bluestreak™. 

January 14, 2022
Throughput Consulting, Inc. Announces a New Powder Inventory Tracking Module for Better Powder Genealogy Control and Management

Optimizing our customer’s 3D production process includes controlling and tracking powder materials used throughout the entire build process, as well as powder mixing. Learn more about this solution so you can be confident your final parts pass industry specifications and audits. Learn more.


5 Avoidable Quality Control Issues in Heat Treating July 20, 2021 To drive consistent and sustainable yield, you must create a seamless workflow and understand the role that it plays in throughput, yield, energy, and quality control issues. Click here to read our article as featured in Heat Treat Today. Four New Modules for Better Work Order Control and General Business Management March 25, 2021 Delafield, WI – March 25, 2021 – Throughput Consulting Inc., a leading Manufacturing Execution and Quality Management System software provider, releases four new modules complementing their existing (25) modular suite of products for Additive Manufacturing company-wide efficiency and management. “Many times, our customers drive our innovation as their expectations increase with our software. This is the case with our four new module additions. Our customers and their teams prefer to work in an all-inclusive software solution for better agility and integration into their workflows. Much of the additional functionality we have developed over the past ten years is a direct result of listening to our customers,” says Ron Beltz, Director of Strategic Accounts. New Modules and Functionality OPERATION PROPERTIES – Production Control/Job Tracking VENDOR MANAGED INVENTORY (VMI) – General Business Management SURVEY – Customer Management MARKETING and eMAIL CAMPAIGN – Customer Management Congratulations Todd Wenzel-CEO of Bluestreak I Bright AM™ February 3, 2021 30 Most Influential People in The North American Heat Treating Industry 2021.  Click here to read our article Bluestreak I Bright AM-A Pioneer in Additive Manufacturing Production Control and Quality Management December 18, 2019 Addressing the unique requirements of the AM industry is Throughput Consulting’s Bluestreak | Bright AM™, an MES/QMS solution that mitigates the challenges of AM production facilities. Click here to read the article. The Relationship Between Heat Treatment and 3D Printing November 5, 2019 Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a disruptive technology trend that is continuing to influence the future of the manufacturing industry and will continue to provide additional opportunities for heat treaters going forward. The global market for 3D printing and directly related services is continuing to have significant growth each year. The 2019 Wohlers Report (which draws upon the expertise of 80 authors and contributors located in 32 countries) forecasts for 2020 $15.8 billion for all AM products and services worldwide and expects that revenue forecast to climb to $23.9 billion in 2022, and $35.6 billion in 2024.  Click here to read article. Bluestreak I Bright AM™ and America Makes Team Up for Informative Webinar September 11, 2019. September 17, 2019 Todd Wenzel, President of Bluestreak I Bright AM™, presents an educational webinar for America Makes members and guests entitled-Additive Manufacturing Production Work Order & Process Management Best Practices.”  Click here to view the recording. Additive Manufacturing Magazine Interviews Bluestreak™ – Track Additive Workflow Operations ​September 11, 2018 Print, inspect and fabricate quality parts faster, with better control and less rework/scrap with Bluestreak™. Click here to read article. Bluestreak, Super Systems Inc., and Schneider Electric’s Eurotherm, Collaborate on Building an Interface to Furnace/Atmosphere Controls with BlueCharts September 11, 2018 The beauty of this type of connection and integration with data generated by SSi and Eurotherm is that the information is immediately available to Bluestreak™ users on the production floor, in one place, and much easier than having to log into a different system to see the information/charts. Click here to read article.  Learn more about Bluestreak I BlueCharts™.  It’s All About Data Control… and the Root of the Issue of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is Data Control August 16, 2018 You can’t hope to operate an efficient and successful business without impeccable data control. It is crucial for the right people to be able to access the right reliable data at the right time. Whether your business is large or small, there are several advantages of implementing MES, with or without integration to an ERP system. Click here to read article. Click here to read article. Powder Coated Tough Magazine Interviews J.I.T. Powder Coating & Bluestreak™ March 23, 2018 Powder Coated Tough Magazine is the flagship publication of Powder Coating Institute, a non-profit organization working to advance the utilization of powder coating as an economical, non-polluting, and high-quality finish for industrial and consumer products.  Click here to read article.

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