Notice of Intent to Sole Source - Helium Purity Monitoring System (Rotronic Instrument Corp)

Agency: COMMERCE, DEPARTMENT OF
State: Maryland
Type of Government: Federal
FSC Category:
  • 65 - Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Equipment and Supplies
NAICS Category:
  • 334513 - Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables
Posted Date: Jul 24, 2020
Due Date: Aug 7, 2020
Solicitation No: NIST-NOI-20-03022
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Notice of Intent to Sole Source - Helium Purity Monitoring System (Rotronic Instrument Corp)
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Contract Opportunity
Notice ID
NIST-NOI-20-03022
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COMMERCE, DEPARTMENT OF
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
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DEPT OF COMMERCE NIST
General Information
  • Contract Opportunity Type: Special Notice (Original)
  • All Dates/Times are: (UTC-04:00) EASTERN STANDARD TIME, NEW YORK, USA
  • Original Published Date: Jul 24, 2020 05:25 pm EDT
  • Original Response Date: Aug 07, 2020 05:00 pm EDT
  • Inactive Policy: 15 days after response date
  • Original Inactive Date: Aug 22, 2020
  • Initiative:
    • None
Classification
  • Original Set Aside:
  • Product Service Code:
  • NAICS Code: 334513 - Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables
  • Place of Performance:
    Gaithersburg , MD 20899
    USA
Description

The United States Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Acquisition Management Division (AMD) intends to negotiate a firm fixed price purchase order, on a sole source basis, with Rotronic Instrument Corp of 135 Engineers Road, Suite 150, Hauppauge, NY, 11788 for the purchase of a specialized turn-key Helium Purity Monitoring system. The statutory authority for this sole source acquisition is FAR 13.106-1(b) by the authority of FAR Part 13 Simplified Acquisition Procedures.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Physical Measurement Lab (PML) recently purchased a Helium Recovery system for building 218 of the Gaithersburg, MD campus. A purity monitoring system is critical to the assure the continuous operation of the Bldg. 218 helium recovery system. There are 14 labs and over 20 critical measurement and calibration instruments in Bldg. 218 that are relying on the recovery system to provide over 23,000 liters of liquid helium annually. The disruption of this LHe supply would directly impact all NIST LHe users. Contamination in the recovery system is the greatest risk to the continuous operation of the system and all the helium stored within. The purity monitoring system must provide immediate detection, identification and remediation of any source of impurities into the helium recovery system. NIST also requires long-term vendor support of the complete purity monitoring system including all hardware and software components.

Research has found that only one (1) company can offer a Helium Purity Monitoring System that onsist of 3 levels of helium purity analysis configured for continuous monitoring with programmable alarm thresholds, analog outputs for automated alarm responses and email notifications, for use in a Helium recovery system. Only Rotronic Instrument Corp was the only company capable of offering a system that can meet all of the specifications below.

  1. REQUIREMENTS FOR HELIUM GAS ANALYZERS
    1. Required for All analyzers: Levels 1, 2 &3
      1. Sample pressure:
      2. Bypass mode gas flow
      3. Programmable alarms with a minimum of 2 relay outputs (120 V, 5 A)
      4. Data outputs: 40-20 mA, digital communications with remote display capability.
      5. Panel or rack mountable with 316 stainless steel input/output gas connections.
      6. Accuracy: ± 1% of full scale

    1. Level 1 Analyzers: Binary gas analyzers to monitor helium input at each connection.
      1. 14 or more locations
      2. 120 V input power
      3. Helium concentration measurement range: 0 – 100% ± 2%
      4. Response time
      5. Alarm relay #1 will drive 3-way 120V solenoid valve
      6. Alarm relay #2 will drive a remote 120V pilot light
      7. Panel or rack mountable with 316 stainless steel input/output gas connections.
    2. Level 2 Analyzers: Trace air, moisture and hydrocarbon in helium gas recovery trunks
      1. 3 locations
      2. 120/240 V input power
      3. 0 – 10 PPM measurement range
      4. Resolution 0. 5 PPM
      5. Auto/self-resolving alarms

    1. Level 3 Analyzers: high sensitivity gas analyzer prior to helium liquefaction.
      1. 1 location
      2. 120/240 V input power
      3. 0 – 1 PPM measurement range
      4. Resolution 10 PPB
      5. Auto/self-resolving alarms

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 334513 – Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables and the size standard is 750 employees.

No solicitation package will be issued. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive quotations; however, all responsible sources interested may identify their interest and capability to respond to this requirement. The Government will consider responses received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on August 7, 2020. Inquiries will only be accepted via email to forest.crumpler@nist.gov . No telephone requests will be honored.

A determination by the Government not to compete the proposed acquisition based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement in the future.

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Contact Information
Contracting Office Address
  • ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT DIVISION 100 BUREAU DR.
  • GAITHERSBURG , MD 20899
  • USA
Primary Point of Contact
Secondary Point of Contact


History
  • Jul 24, 2020 05:25 pm EDTSpecial Notice (Original)

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