12612120Q0025SS – Sources Sought – DX4015 FTIR GAS ANALYZER

Aug 21, 2020 | 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 not a solicitation Announcement or Request for Proposal. 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. Responses to this Sources Sought Notice will be used by the Government to make an appropriate acquisition decision. 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.

Department of Agriculture (ARS) requests responses from ALL socioeconomic categories in order to gain a more complete understanding of the market for these services.

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

                        Define Minimum Requirements

                 Provides measurements of NzO, CHa and HzO mole fractions

Must be capable of rapid and precise measurement: NzO concentration precision (1 standard

Deviation) of 0.6 ppb in a I second measurement and 0.4 ppb in a 3 minute measurement. CHa

Concentration precision of6 ppb in a I second measurement and 3 ppb in a 3 minute


Laser used for measurements must operate at a wavelength of longer than 2 microns to provide

required sensitivity and specificity.

Analyzer must have a dynamic range of at least 0 – l0 ppm for both N2O and CH4

Must operate under wide environmental conditions (10-35 degrees C and 0-100% noncondensing

relative humidity)

Concentrations of other atmospheric gasses, including elevated concentrations of C02, must not

interfere with measurement of N2O and CH4.

Must include a controller and embedded data logger

Must be compatible with recirculating air systems for chamber flux measurement

Must have a gas flow response time (1/e) , with standard internal vacuum pump, be less than 10 seconds.


Must operate on AC or DC power with appropriate adapter

Adapter must be available to power off a car battery

For field measurement, must provide low power draw, less than or equal to I 80 W

Field portability and serviceability

Must be designed for field use

Must weigh less than 26 kg and reside in a compact crushproof case

Dimensions of the main measurement unit must not be larger than 20″ x 24″ x 8″

Cavity mirrors must be field serviceable for cleaning with no need to send cell or unit to

manufacturer for cleaning or alignment.

Must include kit for servicing cavity mirrors

Must include spare parts kit

Must include remote access and control capability

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

The NAICS code for the expected acquisition is 334513, with a Size Standard of 750 people   and the PSC Code is 6680. 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. 

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. Responses should be submitted by (8/26/2020 @10:00am central time) to the attention of (Randall Reinertson) at the address above. Questions should be directed to Randall Reinertson,  Randall.m.reinertson@usda.gov

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