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Contact:  Juli Iacuaniello 
Phone:  858.405.6476 
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Arizona Public Service scales investment in IIoT based PdM with 
APS scales from pilot to full deployment at three power plants, wirelessly 
monitoring all rotating assets. 
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 27, 2019 -- Arizona Public Service (APS) announced that 
they have significantly scaled their investment in wireless PdM (predictive 
maintenance) with Petasense, a Silicon Valley based venture-backed leader in 
Industrial IoT. Petasense provides the ARO system (Asset Reliability and 
Optimization), an end-to-end system that includes plug-n-play wireless sensors and 
predictive analytics software that helps plants gain real time insights into the health 
of all their critical assets. 
After a successful pilot in 2018, APS doubled down on its investment to fully 
monitor three power plants in its fleet of eight combined cycle power plants. With 
this investment, APS will now monitor over 1000 balance of plant rotating machines 
that support over 2,500 MW of power generation using wireless vibration sensors 
and predictive analytics software from Petasense.  
Arizona Public Service is the largest electric utility in Arizona, with 6,300 MW of 
generating capacity and serving 1M customers in over 11 counties in the State of 
Arizona. In 2018, APS deployed Petasense’s wireless ARO (Asset Reliability & 
Optimization) system in the Sundance Power Plant in Coolidge, AZ to monitor over 
300 balance of plant assets. Sundance is an peaker plant that helps APS meet the 
increased demand from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) 
market, a market that it entered in 2017. 
“Reliability of our power plants is in the foremost on our minds,” commented Don 
Lamontagne, Supervisor of Equipment Reliability Engineering at APS. “If we are not 
able to generate power when it is needed, we are not just faced with loss of 
revenue but also fines. This technology solves what has historically been a major 
problem - ensuring the uptime of our balance of plant assets.” 
The Petasense ARO system provides a machine learning driven asset health score 
that helped detect 14 critical failures in 2018. APS would have missed catching 
these with their manual walk-around vibration analysis program. APS also 
integrated Petasense with existing systems to combine real-time asset condition 
and process information. This helped APS build the business case for expansion of 
the program to two sister sites, Redhawk and West Phoenix. 
“We are really excited to see APS scale their deployment. This demonstrates how 
real-time asset health insights can positively impact a utility’s business,” stated Arun 
Santhebennur, Cofounder at Petasense. “The APS team has shown a true 
commitment to transforming traditional maintenance practices, and this 
investment shows their role as an innovator in the power generation industry.” 
Petasense is a Silicon Valley-based, venture-backed, IIoT company that was founded 
with a mission of democratizing and simplifying Industrial IoT. The Petasense ARO 
system includes plug-and-play wireless sensors and machine learning analytics 
based software to help plant operators gain insights into the health of their assets 
anytime & anywhere. Clients include industry leaders like Barrick Gold, APS, C&W 
Services, JLL, Exelon and Silicon Valley Power.