Coronavirus Update


In response to the 3-19-20 order from the Governor of Pennsylvania mandating todays Closure of all "non-life Sustaining" businesses – I wanted to communicate that the Ives Equipment Corporation is continuing Operations.

Our King of Prussia Facility is not adversely affected by the announcement. We remain open to support our customers.

For the safety of our employees, most are working from their homes, however we are maintaining limited staff in our facility to continue operations. We are committed to social distancing and disinfecting our office daily. Telephone, Email and Business systems are cloud based enabling remote support. We continue to respond timely and are receiving, assembling and shipping products daily. We have millions of dollars of local inventory in King of Prussia and most of our suppliers are currently running as business-as-normal.
We appreciate your support through these challenging times.

Respectfully,
Terry Ives
Ives Equipment Corp.

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Face New Ransomware Concern

Industrial Control System Ransomware

Dragos is a company that provides industrial asset identification, threat detection, and response to help organizations stay ahead of adversaries. According to Dragos intelligence and threat reports, it appears that a segment of code called Snake or EKANS, first recognized in December, 2019, has been designed as ransomware to target Windows systems used in industrial control systems (ICS). 

Ransomware is malicious software that will lock up data on a computer’s drive, then travel across the network and encrypt other data. The saboteurs will then demand payment in exchange for releasing the data. Whereas industrial control system machines are high-value targets (healthcare is the other high-value target) EKANS is unusual in that the malicious code uses targeted intelligence for control systems to first encrypt the root data (files are encrypted and renamed with random 5-character extension) and then ruin the software processes and hold the data hostage.

EKANS targeted companies and are sent a ransom note with the instruction to pay the ransom in cryptocurrency. There is an email address provided for contact/replies.

Manufacturing plants, power grids, and industrial concerns (such as oil refineries) are all targets of this malicious malware.

Another feature of the EKANS ransomware is it is programed to terminate sixty-four (64) various processes on computers – most of which are ICS specific.  This suggests the possibility that the EKANS may also share features similar to the Megacortex ransomware, which first appeared in early 2019.  Megacortex relies on a manual method of deployment rather than self propagation ransomware deployment.

It is still unknown whether the EKANS ransomware originated from state-sponsored hackers or via real cybercriminals trying to profit from industrial control system owners. It appears that it may be the latter, based on the most recent analysis of the nature of the ransomware – analysis by Dragos researchers.

It is wise to raise awareness with among everyone who touches your systems and it would be prudent to have someone within your organization (or a consultant) tasked with keeping data security protections current.  In addition, it is crucial to have ICS organizations rethink their cybersecurity leadership philosophy. In many organizations, the evangelists for cybersecurity are not equipped to exert influence in the company.  Cybersecurity is still treated as a back-office job, but it needs to be treated as priority by the organizational leaders.

Dragos adversary hunters recommend keeping ICS systems segmented from the rest of the network. In this way, if just one Window machine is infected, the virus can’t mobilize to the systems that control the infrastructure. In addition, standard practices such as backups, stored offline, and including the last known good configuration data will somewhat reduce the liability of slow recovery. Guardrails such as improved access and mechanisms for authentication will also help to reduce the risk of these increasingly troubling attacks on ICS systems.

More detailed information can be accessed here:
https://dragos.com/blog/industry-news/ekans-ransomware-and-ics-operations.

Article courtesy of:
Ives Equipment
www.ivesequipment.com
(877) 768-1600

An Energy Savings Solution for Domestic Hot Water in Hospitals, Hotels, Campuses, Governmental Facilities and Correctional Institutions

self-regulating technology
The Smart System: Perfectly heated water – no hot spots, no burnouts, no recirculation.

Self-regulating capabilities, environmental safeguards and a solid design make self-regulating technology the wisest choice, consistently maintaining your water supply at a prescribed temperature. The heating cable is fastened directly to the pipes, running their full length and creating a symbiotic relationship, which allows the cable to gauge any changes in water temperature. Sensing a decrease or increase in temperature, the conductive core then adjusts its own power output in response, and produces a consistent flow of perfectly heated water – no hot spots, no burnouts, no recirculation. The cable is designed to sustain nominal hot water temperatures of 105°F, 115°F, 125°F or 140°F.


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Don't Risk Equipment or Safety: Freeze Protect Your Plant Now

industrial heat tracing and freeze protection
Don't let this happen at your plant.
Winter is here in its full glory. Plant engineers and plant maintenance have to pay special care in preventing freezing in pipelines, tanks, Vessels, conveyors, and impulse lines.  The cold temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic can often damage or destroy process equipment and it's valuable contents. Most commonly, pipes, instrumentation, and valves are the vulnerable items affected by the sudden drop in temperatures, causing devastating consequences, including costly downtime and unplanned outages. But there's also safety issues to be considered with snow and ice build up, so attention must be paid to snow and ice melting.

Main Categories for Industrial Heat Tracing


  • Industrial Pipe Tracing Cable
  • Industrial Tank and Vessel Heating
  • Industrial Snow Melting
  • Industrial Roof Gutter Deicing

Responsible facility management includes protecting buildings and equipment against freeze damage. There are many items in any given manufacturing plant to protect, including piping systems, process instrumentation, holding tanks, transfer vessels, and valves. For each of these items, there's a good freeze protection solution to be applied. Here are some of the more common heat tracing products used in these applications.
Self-regulating Heat Tracing Cable

Self-regulating Heat Tracing Cable

Constant Wattage Heat Tracing CableThese self-regulating, cut-to-length cables are normally installed in commercial and light industrial applications, to maintain pipe temperature and/or prevent freezing. These heating cables are available in 120 and 240 voltages and are designed for use in ordinary or hazardous locations (with proper selections and application). Typical applications for this product are freeze protection and low watt density process temperature systems such as product pipelines, fire protection, process water and dust suppression systems.

MI (Mineral Insulated) CableConstant Wattage Heat Tracing Cable

Constant wattage heater cable is ideal for use in maintaining fluid flow under low ambient conditions. The product is used for freeze protection and process temperature maintenance systems such as product pipelines, process water, dust suppression systems, lube oil and condensate return.

MI (Mineral Insulated) Cable

MI Cable is a metal sheathed cable that uses a metallic conductor as the heating element. It is custom designed and fabricated for specific applications. MI Cable is a high performance, industrial grade heat tracing cable used for applications requiring high temperature exposure, immunity to stress corrosion, high maintain temperature, under tank heating (cryogenic tanks), high power output, constant power output over entire, rugged cable construction heater length, and extended heater life.

It is critical to consider the specific application requirements for any heat tracing application. The following checklist always needs to be clearly understood:

  • The mass and material of the item being traced
  • Insulation availability - type and thickness
  • Temperature to be maintained
  • Minimum ambient temperature
  • Minimum start-up temperature
  • Available supply voltage
  • The chemical environment - expose
  • Maximum intermittent exposure temperature
  • Electrical area classification

Always share your heat tracing requirements and challenges with a process heating specialist. There are many options and product variants from which to choose. A consultation with an expert can help direct you to the safest, most efficient, and most cost effective solution.

Happy Holidays from Ives Equipment

"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." — Oren Arnold

Monitor and Control Your Energy Efficiency in More Ways with the Siemens SITRANS FEC920 Energy Meter

SITRANS FEC920 Thermal Energy Meter


Let's face it - monitoring and controlling your building’s energy efficiency is more important than ever. Siemen's diverse portfolio of flow and temperature meters combined with the versatile SITRANS FEC920 Thermal Energy Meter provides you the real-time data you need to verify your equipment’s operational efficiency and more effectively manage your energy usage. The SITRANS FEC920 Thermal Energy Meter is the perfect solution for taking back control of your energy costs.

The FEC920 Thermal Energy Meter can be incorporated into nearly any flow system at use in your building. For new applications, Siemens can design a reliable and cost-effective energy monitoring solution with our extensive line of flow and temperature sensors.

For more information, download the SITRANS FEC920 Thermal Energy Meter brochure from this Ives Equipment web page.

For more immediate assistance, call Ives Equipment at 877-768-1600 or visit their web site at https://ivesequipment.com.