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Presenter Bio: 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.  Over the past several years, 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.  Mr. Wenzel’s experience includes 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 operations.



Presentation Title:  “Additive Manufacturing Production Work Order & Process Management Best Practices”

Description:  This educational presentation will help an organization as they begin mass-producing Parts in their AM production facility; after the design phase has been completed including, best practices for Work Order entry all the way up to shipping the completed parts.

It will also include lessons learned after working with AM production facilities (in the U.S. and other countries) for the past several years. Every AM production facility has their own unique problem areas, production issues and headache-causing events once a Work Order has been received for producing additively manufactured Parts.  Additionally, some Part-builds come with stringent specification (and compliance) requirements that must be adhered to.

As products are being designed, made and used in new ways, Additive Manufacturing production facilities are all working towards continuous improvement in each operational step within their predefined AM production processes, as well as more complete documentation (especially in aerospace and medical applications).  Time will also be spent discussing real-time job tracking, and individual Part tracking as Parts that were created on the same build plate with different serial numbers may progress throughout the production facility processing steps in different ways and in a different processing order, in some cases.


Topics to be covered include:

● Work Order instructions, media attachments, real-time tracking

● Build-Plate management and Serialization (multiple Parts with different serial numbers printed on the same Build-plate)

● Nonconformances / Advanced Dispositioning

● Part Production Tracking: Sequential, out-of-sequence, multiple possible routes

● Managing outside vendor processing

● Tracking machine time, labor time, material usage (virgin, 1x, 2x)

● Collecting and requiring Quality Data

● Connecting/viewing specifications, operating instructions, and QMS documents directly from the production floor

● Using specifications to automatically qualify equipment, operators, or vendors, to prevent improper processing of the parts.

● Connected/complete documentation (makes Auditors very happy)

● The Best Way to have a Complete AM processing Audit Trail for each Part produced with all associated Documents linked together

● Defining and generating new work order “packages” for repeat Part builds


After speaking to so many individuals at RAPID + TCT 2019 in Detroit about this topic, many felt that it was very relevant and it generated a lot of discussion and questions.

The presentation includes content applicable to Additive Manufacturing Applications, Facilities & Operations, Final Part Production, Part Inspection and Certification, Post Processing, Process Monitoring, Control and Qualification, Quality and Standards, Process Control and Quality Management tied directly to individual operators on the production floor.



About Bluestreak I Bright AM

Bluestreak I Bright AM™, a product Division of Throughput I Consulting Inc., is a Manufacturing Execution (MES) and Quality Management System (QMS) production facility platform to track, manage and support Additive Manufacturing's unique challenges – tracking the process of disparate parts 3D printed together on a single build plate as well as everything from incoming orders to work in progress to delivery confirmation.  And, we can interface with existing systems to share key data.  Learn More


About America Makes

America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing (3DP) technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, we innovate and accelerate AM/3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.  Learn More