ITB 1928TC - Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer

Agency: University of Central Florida
State: Florida
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 334516 - Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing
Posted Date: May 20, 2020
Due Date: Jun 12, 2020
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ITB 1928TC - Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer
* Addendum 1
Trinh Nguyen Bids will be opened on June 12, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST via UCF's Bonfire Web Portal
Questions are due May 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Questions are due May 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST
06/12/2020

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University of Central Florida
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BIDS WILL BE OPENED June 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EST
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ADVERTISEMENT DATE:
ITB TITLE: Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer
May 15, 2020
FEDERAL EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
ITB NO.
1928TC
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specific regulation which requires an alteration. The University of Central
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UCF or University University of Central Florida
Introduction
UCF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering would like to purchase one (1) dynamic mechanical analyzer.
A dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) is needed in a project for measuring the dynamic responses of a wide variety
of samples. These samples include hydrogels and hydrogel-based sensors, flexible electronic devices, carbon fiber
reinforced composites (CFRP), as well as metals and ceramics.
This DMA must be able to measure materials with modulus ranging from 1 kPa to 1E3 GPa. It must have a high
resolution over a large force range. It must have a 0.1 nm resolution over ~25 mm travel length. The frictions during
the sample movement must be minimized. A wide force range as low as 0.01 mN and as high as 18 N, and a large
dynamic frequency range from 0.001 to 200 Hz are desired. The operating temperature must cover from room
temperature to up to 600°C. The capability to test samples in a liquid and/or under controlled relative humidity is
required.
The following sample holders must be included:
a) three-point bending fixtures for beam samples (lengths of 20 mm and 50 mm),
b) tension fixtures for testing films and fibers (sample length of 5 to 30 mm),
c) compression fixture for testing soft materials (sample diameters of approximately 15 mm and 40 mm).
The sample holders must minimize the torque during different loadings.
In addition, the installation, warranty, and training of the equipment must be included.
The above requirements for this DMA are listed on the Bid Sheet (page 13).
1.
POSTING OF BID TABULATIONS:
A. Bids will be opened at the Procurement Services Department at the assigned date and time identified in this
ITB.
B. Bid tabulations will be posted at such time as the Procurement Services Department provides notice of intended
decision or until 30 days after a public opening of the bids, whichever is earlier.
C. Notice of a decision or intended decision of award will be electronically posted for a period of 72 hours.
D. Failure to file a protest in accordance with BOG regulation 18.002 or failure to post the bond or other security
as required in BOG regulation 18.003 shall constitute a waiver of protest proceedings.
2.
BID OPENING: Bids will be received and opened on June 12, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST via Bonfire’s Web Portal. For
additional information, please refer to Attachment 4. UCF shall in no way be responsible for or accept any proposals
not uploaded prior to the closing date and time. Procurement Services will not extend the bid opening to
accommodate Suppliers that did not discover the ITB early enough to place a bid. BID DOCUMENTS CAN BE
OBTAINED AT https://procurement.ucf.edu/solicitations/.
3.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & QUESTIONS: We encourage questions or comments which might aid in the
improvement of our existing specifications. The University will not give verbal answers to inquiries regarding the
specifications, or verbal instructions prior to or after award of the bid. A verbal statement regarding same by any
person is non-binding. The university is not liable for any increased cost resulting from the bidder accepting verbal
direction. All changes, if necessary, are made by written addendum to the bid.
Any explanation desired by Suppliers is to be requested of the Procurement Services Department in writing by May
25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Inquiries are to be legible and concise and clearly identify the bidder who is submitting
the inquiry. If an explanation is necessary, a reply shall be made in the form of a written addendum. Specifications,
terms and conditions may not be changed except by formal written addendum, issued by UCF. Direct all
inquiries/questions, preferably via email to:
Trinh Nguyen
University of Central Florida
Procurement Services Department
12424 Research Parkway, Suite 300
Orlando, Florida 32816-0975
Phone: 407-823-2661
Fax: 407-823-5551
trinh.nguyen@ucf.edu
4.
DELIVERY: Specify delivery date after receipt of order in terms of days or weeks on bid sheet. Failure to do this
may be cause for rejection of the bid. Commodities delivery is to be made to UCF’s Central Receiving location
(University of Central Florida, Central Receiving Building 16E, 3540 East Perseus Loop, Orlando, FL 32816). When
delivery is specified to a location other than the University’s Central Receiving Department, the Supplier shall direct
its carrier to telephone the University’s Central Receiving Department before unloading. Delivery of all shipments
shall occur between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays only, except on State of Florida or U.S.
holidays. The University of Central Florida is committed to sustainable practices. Palletized shipments should not
exceed 1,500 pounds per pallet and, when possible, should be shipped on a 40”x48” pallet. Payee shall include a
packing list showing contents of shipment (if shipment is made in two or more containers). No boxing, packing,
installation, assembly, or similar charges (not included in the item price) will be allowed unless expressly and
specifically authorized in writing by the University on the face of any purchase order or contract resulting from this
ITB.
FREIGHT TERMS: Unless otherwise specified, all shipments are to be shipped inside delivery, F.O.B. destination,
with all transportation charges prepaid and title transferring to the university at time of delivery (Payee pays and
bears all freight related charges, owns goods in transit, and files any claims). Bid prices shall include all cartage,
drayage, packing, etc. delivered to and unloaded at the receiving station at the site designated in the Invitation to
Bid or purchase order and there received by the designated university personnel.
5.
PARKING: The Payee shall ensure that all vehicles parked on campus for purposes relating to work resulting from
this ITB shall have proper parking permits. This applies to all personal vehicles and all marked and unmarked
company vehicles that will be on any University campus for one (1) day or more or on a recurring basis. All such
vehicles must be registered with University’s Parking Services Department, and parking permits must be purchased
by the Payee. The Payee’s vehicle(s) shall observe all parking rules and regulations. Failure to obtain parking
permits, properly display them, and otherwise comply with all the University’s parking rules and regulations could
result in the issuance of a parking ticket and/or towing at the expense of Payee or Payee’s employees. UCF’s
Parking Services Department can be contacted at (407) 823-5812 for additional information pertaining to parking
and parking fees/rates.
6.
EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS: The employment of unauthorized aliens by any Contractor is considered a violation
of Section 274A(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If the contractor knowingly employs unauthorized aliens,
such violation shall be cause for unilateral cancellation of the contract by the University without penalty to the
University.
7.
AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS: The obligations of the University under this award are subject to the availability of funds
lawfully appropriated annually for its purposes by the Legislature of the State of Florida.
8.
AWARD: Award will be on all or none basis. The university will either accept or reject your offer. The university may
accept your offer even if it does not include 100% of the items requested, if it is in the best interest of the university.
Bids shall be awarded based on the lowest responsive and responsible bidder that meets specifications with
consideration being given to the specific quality of the product, conformity to the specifications, suitability to the
university’s needs, delivery terms, qualifications, and past performance.
9.
REVISED QUANTITIES: The University reserves the right to increase or decrease total quantities as necessary.
The University may place additional orders for the same or modified scope of the commodities/services solicited
under this ITB within 180 days after expiration of the contract resulting from this ITB. Total additional
quantities/modified scope, if any, are unknown.

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