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Procurement Notice Details

Notice of intent to sole source: repair 3he cold probe insert

Purchaser: Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology
Website link: click here

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Added: Aug 05, 2015 11:41 am
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) intends to negotiate, on a sole source basis, under authority of FAR 13.106-1(b) (1), a firm fixed price purchase order with ICE Oxford, Ltd. to repair the NIST owned 3He Cold Probe Insert used in the Center for Neutron Research at NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) is a national resource for industry, universities, and government agencies. The NCNR utilizes 3He inserts, which were specifically designed by ICE Oxford, in neutron scattering experiments. These inserts are refrigerators that allow experiments to be performed at temperatures as low as 0.3K. The specific insert was designed to work with 3He and creates this specific environment; it is therefore not replaceable. The main advantage of this system is that is provides a large sample space, a short time of sample change and a wide temperature region, with a very low base temperature. Every research cycle utilizes these instruments; not repairing this instrument would significantly inhibit the NCNR's ability to perform experiments at these specific temperatures.

ICE Oxford was the original designer, developer and manufacturer of the NIST owned 3He cold insert probe; they are the sole owners and retain rights to all proprietary information required to test and repair the equipment. NIST, nor any other vendor, does not have possession of the requisite knowledge or schematics to repair this custom designed piece of equipment.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 334516 and the size standard is 500 employees.

No solicitation package will be issued. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive quotations; however, interested persons may identify their interest and capability to respond to this requirement. The Government will consider responses received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on August 19, 2015. Inquiries will only be accepted via email to 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.

Contracting Office Address:
100 Bureau Drive, Building 301
Room B130
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1410
United States
Place of Performance:

United States
Primary Point of Contact.:
Melissa A. Schroeder,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-975-8781
Secondary Point of Contact:
Paula Wilkison,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-975-8448

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Posted Date:
August 5, 2015
Response Date:
Aug 19, 2015 5:00 pm Eastern
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Classification Code:
66 -- Instruments & laboratory equipment
334 -- Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing/334516 -- Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing

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