I think it’s safe to say no one will ever accuse Twitter’s format of being too cerebral. People don’t generally criticize it for being unnecessarily in-depth or overly complicated.
Being a maintenance manager, on the other hand, is a full-time balancing act. You’re handling assets and technicians, and you have to schedule the latter so that the former don’t break down. You’d probably like to keep up with the latest developments in your industry, but staying informed can take a lot of time and effort.
That’s where Twitter can help you out.
Twitter’s like a mixture of bulletin board and water cooler. You can find a lot of useful information posted there, and overhear a lot of information, too. Journalists, think tanks, and influencers all share on Twitter.
And maintenance professionals do, too—enough so that following the right Twitter accounts is a good way to see what’s new, what’s important, and what will shape the industry over the next few months.
In other words, Twitter’s logo could just as easily be a bee as a bird, because it’ll help you keep up with all the latest the industry buzz.
That’s why I’ve written this list of the top 17 CMMS Twitter influencers you need to know about. Following these accounts will give you a heads up on what trends and new information might help you do your job even better. In many of the below accounts, it will also provide links to solid information you can find off of Twitter.
Here are 17 great computerized maintenance manufacturing Twitter feeds that will help you stay up to date. I’ve divided them into two categories: individual influencers and publications/groups.
1. Fred Schenkelberg
Twitter handle: @fmsReliability
Why you should follow: Fred Schenkelberg is the founder and reliability expert at FMS Reliability. He’s also a 20-plus-year veteran of reliability engineering, who cut his teeth getting Hewlett-Packard up to speed on their reliability program.
The logo for Accendo Reliability, another of Schenkelberg’s projects
Schenkelberg’s Twitter account provides links to several reliability-specific pieces he’s written for Accendo Reliability, rounded out by links to more general posts on business practices.
2. Mark T. Hoske
Twitter handle: @ControlEngTips
Why you should follow: You’d expect the editor of an industry publication to have a lifetime of tips, hints, and useful lessons for his readership—and you’d be right. Mark T. Hoske provides a daily update with a relevant fact about how to keep your facility running. The tips also link to Control Engineering magazine, as an added bonus.
3. Maureen Gribble
Twitter handle: @MaureenGribbs
Why you should follow: Look to Maureen Gribble’s Twitter account for frequent retweets of maintenance events, articles about related concepts and gadgets, and the occasional STEM fact. (Apparently the Girl Scouts now have STEM badges…thanks for the heads up, Ms. Gribble!)
4. Kristen Muzzy
Twitter handle: @KristenMuzzy
Why you should follow: Interested in the maintenance side of manufacturing management? Give manufacturing advocate Kristen Muzzy a follow, and you’ll be rewarded with tweets and retweets that’ll show you some of the most impressive performers in manufacturing, worldwide. An added plus? The frequent motivational quotes she posts.
One of the inspirational quotes Kristen Muzzy has shared on her Twitter feed
5. Ralph Rio
Twitter handle: @RalphRio
Why you should follow: Ralph Rio, analyst at ARC Advisory (a manufacturing/asset management think tank), provides a steady stream of links and ideas at his Twitter account. )The amount of reading he must do is dizzying.) If you’re interested in the intersection of cutting-edge technology and manufacturing, particularly in digital transformation and quantum computing, give Ralph a follow.
6. Peter D. Reynolds
Twitter handle: @PeterDReynolds
Why you should follow: Peter Reynolds tweets a little less frequently than some of the other accounts on this list, but what’s there is worth your attention. His position as an analyst gives him a breadth of knowledge about Industry 4.0, and his participation in various IIoT (industrial internet of things) conferences will give you a view into goings-on you might otherwise miss.
7. Terrence O’Hanlon
Twitter handle: @terrenceohanlon
Why you should follow: Terrence O’Hanlon is the editor-in-chief of Uptime magazine, so you know you’re dealing with an expert. O’Hanlon provided an almost live tweeting of the recent Maximo World conference. His feed is full of information about maintenance and reliability trends, related news stories, and the occasional interesting-yet-unrelated fact that represents O’Hanlon’s varied range of interests.
8. Tammi Pickett
Twitter handle: @tammipickett
Why you should follow: Tammi Pickett, a marketer at People and Processes, Inc., maintains a frequently updated account with links to her company’s webinars and offerings, but also to news from maintenance and reliability industry conferences, job openings, and links to articles from industry publications. This is definitely an account to follow if you’re interested in the Twitter-as-bulletin-board strategy.
9. Dan Yarmoluk
Twitter handle: @YarmolukDan
Why you should follow: Dan Yarmoluk’s account isn’t solely focused on maintenance and reliability, but you should still check it out. His focus on condition monitoring and the IIoT make his account a valuable source of news and information about the increasingly digital character of the industrial world.
10. Ricky Smith
Why you should follow: Maintenance and reliability consultant Ricky Smith maintains two Twitter accounts, and I’d recommend following both. The two accounts provide a semiregular mix of links to maintenance-related articles, Smith’s own publications, and helpful info about conferences and industry events.
Followers: 1,737 (combined)
Publications and Groups
Twitter handle: @CauseMapping
Why you should follow: Looking for root cause reliability failures? If you are, @CauseMapping is the account to follow. Nearly every day, it provides an example of a reliability failure, from urban sinkholes to hotel collapses.
12. Plant Services
Twitter handle: @PlantServices
Why you should follow: If you’re in maintenance or manufacturing, you probably already know Plant Services. If you don’t know their Twitter account, however, you should introduce yourself. It’s a great resource for up-to-the-minute information on all things maintenance and reliability. Even better, it’ll keep you updated about the publication’s webinars, in case you’ve got a free hour in the afternoon.
Twitter handle: @reliability
Why you should follow: The Fort Myers, Florida-based publishers of Uptime magazine (which manages @reliability) are a major force in the maintenance and reliability field. If you want new information, or a new look at old problems, you can’t go wrong keeping up with the folks who make Uptime.
14. WIRAM (Women in Reliability and Asset Management)
Twitter handle: @WomenAssetMgmt
Why you should follow: WIRAM is a women’s trade organization for the maintenance industry. They’re also well-traveled and well-connected, judging by their Twitter feed. Want to know what’s happening at the big conferences and events in the manufacturing, reliability, and operations space? Give WIRAM’s account a look.
15. Plant Engineering Magazine
Twitter handle: @PlantEngMag
Why you should follow: Another industry standard, Plant Engineering Magazine covers just about anything you’d want to know about maintenance and reliability. They’ll keep you up to date on what’s in their magazine, especially the most popular articles of the week. Yet another chance to use Twitter as a bulletin board.
Twitter handle: @VibrationHome
Why you should follow: Need information on everything from failure patterns to thermography to laser shaft alignment? If so, check out @VibrationHome, which updates at least once a day with links to articles that cover most anything a maintenance engineer could want to read.
17. IIoT World
Twitter handle: @IIoT_World
Why you should follow: Carol Rudinschi, who maintains IIOT World’s Twitter account does double duty. She sources great links to topics relating to the industrial internet of things, while also tweeting her own findings about the IoT, and what Industry 4.0 can bring to you.
CMMS Twitter Influencers I Missed?
Are there any maintenance and reliability Twitter influencers I missed that you keep an eye on? If so, let me know in the comments below!
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