12505B21Q0095SS – Sources Sought – Open-Path NH3 Tunable Diode Laser – Sources Sought

Jun 19, 2021 | Sources Sought

A market survey is being conducted to determine if there are adequate Small Business, SBA certified HUBZone, SBA-certified 8(a), Women-Owned, or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) contractors available for a proposed project who meet the specific criteria outlined below.

This is a SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE ONLY. This is not a solicitation Announcement or Request for Quote. It does not constitute any commitment by the Government. No award will result from this notice. The purpose is to conduct market research to gain knowledge of potentially qualified sources and to determine the capability of Small Business and/or Large Business companies to provide the supplies/services described below. Responses to this Sources Sought Notice will be used by the Government to make an appropriate acquisition decision. Department of Agriculture (ARS) requests responses from ALL socioeconomic categories in order to gain a more complete understanding of the market for these products and service.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will not award a contract on the basis of responses or pay for the preparation of any information submitted. Respondents will not be notified of the results of this notice. After completing an analysis of the responses, the Government will determine whether to limit competition to 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, Women-Owned, or other small business firms, or to proceed with issuing an unrestricted solicitation, inviting full and open competition.

The NAICS code for the expected acquisition is 334513, with a Size Standard of 750 employees and the PSC Code is 6630. Any subsequent procurement will be conducted as a commercial item purchased in accordance with FAR Part 12 and as a Simplified Acquisition Procedure in accordance with FAR Part 13.

The Department of Agriculture (ARS) has the need for the following products:

001) Open-Path NH3 Tunable Diode Laser

Scope of Work:

The USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, IA, 50011 is seeking sources for an Open-Path NH3 Tunable Diode Laser.  


This instrument replaces an existing instrument that is obsolete and non-functioning.

Technical Requirements/Tasks: 

  1. The OP instrument must be able to measure NH3.
  2. OP NH3 TDL must be able to measure NH3 concentration at a minimum of 8 ppm-m with an upper boundary of 5,000 ppm-m.
  3. OP NH3 TDL path length of operation should be between 5 to 500 m.
  4. OP NH3 TDL must be able to store data for months at a time.
  5. OP NH3 TDL must be able to have remote diagnostics and data transmission via wireless communications
  6. OP NH3 TDL must be able to compensate for pressure and temperature from internal pressure and temperature sensors.
  7. OP NH3 TDL must include Onboard Software (no computer required)
  8. OP NH3 TDL must have little to no temperature drift from -40 to 50C.
  9. OP NH3 TDL must have a touchscreen interface with graphical data displays, including spectral waveforms.
  10. OP NH3 TDL must be compatible with existing Boral Lasers currently in use laboratory (sharing mirror and tripods).

Key Deliverables:

  • Open-Path NH3 Tunable Diode Laser
  • Sighting scope
  • Mirrors
  • Alignment mount
  • Tripods
  • Power supply
  • Cable
  • Minimum 3-year warranty on vendors manufacture parts
  • Technical support (including remote diagnostic)


Delivered to be made to USDA-ARS, National Laboratory and the Environment, 1015 N. University Boulevard, Ames, IA, 50011 by or before December 31, 2021.

The vendor shall provide all items F.O.B: destination. Location of the Government site is aboard USDA-ARS Ames, IA and will be identified in the contract. The Government anticipates award of a Firm Fixed Price contract.

Capability Statement:

Companies who have the experience, as well as an interest in doing business with ARS, should submit a Capabilities Statement which, for this notice, is not expected to be a proposal, but rather short statements regarding the company’s ability to demonstrate their expertise and experience in relation to the areas specified in this notice.

Companies should also indicate whether they are a Small Business, SBA-certified HUBZone, SBA-certified 8(a), SDVOSB, or Women-Owned Small Business.

To be eligible, all vendors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) with a current and active registration. A DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number is required in order to register in SAM. A vendor can contact SAM by calling 1-866-606-8220 or e-mail at www.sam.gov. NO EXCEPTIONS. Vendor must include their DUNS# on their capability statements.

To be eligible, all vendors must also be registered in SAM under the specific NAICS code listed as part of this sources sought. If a prospective vendor is not registered under the specified NAICS code and would qualify to be registered under it then they must update their SAM registration prior to providing a capabilities statement.

Finally, to be eligible, all vendors must be NDAA 889 Certified. If they do not currently have a NDAA 889 Certification, then they must complete the attached NDAA 889 Certification form and submit it to aaron.dimeo@usda.gov so that they can be added to the list of NDAA 889 Certified vendors.

Submitting a Capability Statements:

Responses should be submitted via email to aaron.dimeo@usda.gov by Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted. Questions should be directed to Aaron Dimeo at aaron.dimeo@usda.gov by no later than Monday, June 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. CST.


This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Respondents are also advised that under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of information or provide feedback about any of the information received.  After review of the responses received, the Government may issue a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation. No proprietary, sensitive, confidential or classified information shall be included with your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation.

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