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41 -- Closed-Cycle Cryogenic Refrigerator System

Notice Date
Notice Type
333415 — Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Contracting Office
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Mountain Region Acquisition Division, 325 Broadway - MC3, Boulder, CO, 80305-3328
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Response Due
Archive Date
The purpose of the modification to the synopsis is to change the solicitation from being a sole source to open competition and extends the response date to March 7, 2006. This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice and in accordance with the simplified acquisition procedures authorized in FAR Part 13 (not to exceed $100,000). This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation incorporates provisions and clauses in the Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-08. The proposed contract is a 100% Small Business Set-Aside. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 334513 and the small business size standard is 500 employees. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Cryogenics Technologies Group requires a closed-cycle cryogenic refrigerator system with relatively high cooling power. NIST's experiment requirements are 1.5 Watts of cooling power at 4K. There are other refrigerators that can obtain 4 Kelvin temperatures but providing 1.5 Watts at various positioning is difficult. NIST?s minimum requirements for the refrigerator are to operate at 4 K with a heat load capacity of 1.5 Watts. The experiments will involve heat loss measurements on regenerator systems using various regenerator designs and materials. Other cryocooler companies offer low temperature applications but may have difficulty meeting the heat load capacities of 1.5 Watts at the 4.2 K requirements because of experimental design needs. NIST requires the Gifford-McMann (GM) cryocooler technology instead of the pulse tube cryocooler technology because of the physical orientation that will be required for these experiments. NIST needs to operate the system in many different physical directions and the pulse tube design operates efficiently only when in the downward position. NIST needs to operate the cold head in a 360 degree radius, having the cold head of the refrigerator rotate clockwise around a fixed center point. The GM design cryocoolers can operate efficiently with the cold end direction not having any effect on its performance or efficiency. The pulse tube performance and efficiency is affected when it is not operated in the downward position. The performance ratings are based on this position and NIST will not be operating the cryocooler in that position. Along with not meeting the heat load requirements at 4.2 kelvin the orientation limits of the pulse tube cryocooler would not meet NIST?s experimental requirements. Delivery of the refrigerator to NIST is required during or before the last week of March, 2006. Measurements for the experiments must begin in April and the initial tests will be completed by June. The government will award a fixed price purchase order resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer will represent the best value to the government, price and other factors considered (delivery schedule and warranty). Questions should be submitted in writing to the contracting officer either by fax or e-mail before March 7, 2006. Please include delivery date, F.O.B. point, business size, Federal Taxpayer Identification Number, and Dun and Bradstreet Number. Vendors must also be registered with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) at www.ccr.gov. The following provisions and clauses shall apply to this solicitation: FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors ? Commercial, applies to this acquisition and there is no addenda to this provision; FAR 52.212-2, Evaluation ? Commercial Items ? The government will award a fixed price purchase order resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer will represent the best value to the government, price and other factors considered; FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications ? Commercial Items ? Offerors must include a completed copy of Offeror Representations and Certifications along with the offer; FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions ? Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition and there is no addenda to this provision; FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders ? Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. The following additional FAR clauses are applicable to this acquisition: 52.222-21 Prohibition of Segregated Facilities; 52.222-26 Equal Opportunity; 52.222-35 Affirmative Action for Disabled Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam Era; 52.222-36 Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities; 52.222-37 Employment Reports on Disabled Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam Era; 52.225-3 Buy American Act?Supplies. **** Reference 52.232-33 Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Central Contractor Registration ? all other Terms and conditions in full text, including FAR 52.212-3 (Representations and Certifications) can accessed at http://www.arnet.gov/far/
Place of Performance
Zip Code: 80305
Country: USA
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