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39 -- AFCS-Doubles Detector

Notice Date
Notice Type
Solicitation Notice
Contracting Office
United States Postal Service, Supplies and Services Purchasing, Automation CMC, 8403 Lee Highway Dewey Bldg, Merrifield, VA, 22082-8150
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Response Due
Archive Date
Point of Contact
Donald Megginson, Purchasing Specialist, Phone (703) 280-7863, Fax (703) 280-8428, - MaryAnn Smith, Contracting Officer, Phone (703) 280-7806, Fax (703) 280-8428,
E-Mail Address
dmeggins@email.usps.gov, msmith@email.usps.gov
The USPS has a fleet of 1086 Advanced Facer Canceler Systems (AFCS) at USPS Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DC) throughout the country. The AFCS is a mail handling system that faces letter mail by locating the stamp, meter, or indicia. The AFCS also cancels letter mail, sprays an identification (ID) tag, lifts the image, and sorts letter mail to a set of bins for further processing. Individual mail pieces are picked-off at the Feeder of the AFCS at a throughput rate of approximately 36,000 mail pieces per hour. On occasion, the Feeder picks off more than one mail piece at a time resulting in what is termed as a ?Double Feed.? A double feed requires additional handling downstream of the mail distribution process because at some point the extra mail piece of the double feed is rejected by mail processing equipment or letter carrier. The rejected mail piece of the double feed will need to be reintroduced into the mail distribution process. This additional handling adds costs and decreases service performance for the USPS. Therefore, the USPS requires a Double Detector that can be added onto the AFCS to detect and reject double feed in order to eliminate the additional handling required downstream of the mail distribution process. The Postal Service intends to perform a competitive test to determine if performance described in the technical design requirements of the Statement of Work is achieved. This will be a limited competition with three prequalified suppliers, (1) Omron Electronics LLC, One Common Drive, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173-5302, (2) Siemens Dematic Postal Automation L.P., PO Box 95080, Arlington, TX 76005-1080, and (3) Wessex Technology, Victory House, Somers Road North, Portsmouth, PO1 IPJ, UK. Any firms interested in subcontracting opportunities may contact these firms directly. In conjunction with the competitive test, proposals will be submitted in response to the production requirements. The Postal Service intends to award one firm fixed price contract for the total quantity to the prequalified supplier who offers the best value to the Postal Service, based on established evaluation criteria. Any other supplier who has proven technology already in production and is interested in participating in the competitive test of the AFCS-Doubles Detector Program must email their request for a copy of the technical design requirements no later than Friday, June 6, 2003. In order to be favorably considered for inclusion on our prequalified list for this requirement, the supplier must submit two fully functional prototypes, suggested/required spare parts, and technical documentation (i.e. technical description, installation instructions, user documentation) to the USPS no later than Thursday, July 3, 2003. The competitive test will be conducted in both a Lab and Field environment during the July/August timeframe. Each supplier will be required to provide technical resources to install, debug, and burn-in their unit. The USPS will provide a minimum of one (1) week notice to each supplier prior to the installation date.
Place of Performance
Address: U.S. Postal Service Automation CMC, 8403 Lee Highway, Dewey Bldg, Merrifield, VA 22082-8150
Zip Code: Null
Country: USA
SN00334513-W 20030531/030529213746 (fbodaily.com)
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