140G0120Q0293 – Sources Sought – 20–RFI – ELECTROFISHER EQUIPMENT

Sep 11, 2020 | Sources Sought

Request for Information (RFI): Electrofishing Equipment

The US Geological Survey (USGS) needs to assess industry interest and capabilities for the providing of Electrofishing Equipment.

In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.215-3, Request for Information for Solicitation and Planning Purposes (October 1997) and 10.002(b)2)(i) and (iii), this notice is issued solely for information, planning and market research purposes. This Request for Information (RFI) does not constitute a Solicitation or an indication the Government will contract for the products or services contained in this notice. This notice is not to be construed as an acquisition Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quotation (RFQ), nor is any commitment on the part of the Government to award a contract implied, nor does the Government intend to pay for any cost associated with submission of the information being requested or reimburse expenses incurred to interested parties for responses to this notice. Any response received will not be used as a proposal. Please ensure that any sensitive or protected information is marked as such and the government will ensure this information is not released externally.

The intent of this RFI is to obtain capability statements from interested parties that can provide Electrofishing Equipment. The USGS is searching for small business concerns, i.e., 8(a) businesses, HUBZone businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, woman-owned small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses or service-disable veteran owned small businesses capable of providing the described products or services. Large businesses are also encouraged to respond to this RFI.

The resultant contract, if there is such, is anticipated to be firm fixed price. The procurement is anticipated to occur in FY20.

RFI SPECIFICATIONS:

Item 1
Equal to or better than Midwest Electrofishing Equipment Infinity Control Box
o DC output power
– Square wave
– 5500 watts continuous
– 12000+ watt pulsed
– Output varies by duty cycle
o DC output voltage 0-1200 VDC at 40 A peak
o AC output power up to 7200 watts
– Continuous, pulsed and pulse packets
o AC output voltage 0-240 VAC at 30 A RMS
o Pulse Rate adjustment from 1-300 pulses per second (in 1 pps increments)
o Duty Cycle adjustment from 1-100% (in 1% increments)
o Voltage adjustment in 1 volt increments
o May be used in conductivities from 10-1000 uS
– With duty cycle set at 20-25% and a fully configured electrofishing boat
– Use in higher conductivities if reduce duty cycle and anode surface area
o Field proven modern electrofishing technology
– Automatic voltage range shifting for three ranges of voltage
– High voltage soft start electronic protection
– Software protection for internal circuitry and overloading
– Dead short protection
– Ability to set a voltage ceiling
– Digital (live) displays in single illuminated alpha information screen to notify user of overloading errors, incorrect settings, and dead shorts
o Independent digital metering (three LDC displays) for peak watts, amps, and volts
o Monitors input frequency and voltage form source generator
o Auto-correction of frequency and voltage to ensure consistent output waveforms
o Isolated high voltage output from safety switch circuit
o Integrated safety switch continuity test function
o Nine programmable electrofishing settings
– Able to set and recall waveform (AC or DC), duty cycle, pulse rate, and volts
o Resettable fishing time
o Red illuminated emergency shut-down switch for operator
o Angled control panel display with low profile fingertip push / selector button controls
o Red illuminated displays (watts, amps, and volts) for nighttime electrofishing
o Hermetically sealed / splash resistant design
o Cooling via convection by oversized aluminum rear heat sink (12.75″Lx5.25″Hx1.6725″D); no mechanical fans
o Three waterproof input, output, and switch connections below heatsink at rear of control box
o Water resistant main breaker (electric hydraulic)
o Three high voltage 25A externally accessible fuses (watertight) for easy troubleshooting; spare
o External hardware gasketed and o-ringed for splash resistance
o System incorporated with nickel metal hydride battery
– Data recall when unit is powered down
o 15ft input cord, 10ft output cord; connectors
– 10ga cordage; UV, water and oil resistant
o 14″x23″ bow foot switch pad, cord and connector
– Encapsulated waterproof switch with 5lbs activation pressure
o 16″x12″x11″ compact design; powdered coated gray 5052 H32 aluminum 0.090″
o 29lbs lightweight chassis
o Unit does not contain any superfluous features (i.e. animated screen) that may distract the operator
o Powered by commercially available 240V 60Hz generators (must have an isolated neutral)
including the super quiet Honda EU7000iS inverter generator (coupled with the Inverter Generator Stabilizer module)
o Unit may be used across various electrofishing platforms (i.e. stream barges, canoes, jon boats, rafts, etc.)
Insured shipping: packaging and handling to Stevens Point, WI

Item 2
Equal to or better than Midwest Electrofishing Equipment Infinity Xstream Backpack Electrofisher
Xstream Backpack Electrofishers
o 400 watt+ average power
– 47,000 watts maximum peak output (achieved at 1% duty cycle)
– 1200 volt max (1 volt increments)
– 40 amp max
o Interchangeable power source capabilities
– 24v 22.2 amp-hr, lithium iron phosphate smart battery
– Custom 440w Honda powered 4-stroke backpack electrofishing generator power source available
o DC (square wave)
– Pulsed DC
– Complete control of frequency (1 to 300 Hz in 1 Hz adjustments) and duty cycle (1-100% in 1% steps)
– Smooth/Continuous DC
o Gated Burst DC- fully programmable
– Complete control (1 hz adjustments) over fast frequency (1-1000Hz) and duty cycle (1-100%)
– Complete control over slow frequency (1 Hz adjustments) (1-300Hz)
o AC Simple
– Square wave AC with adjustable cycle duration (1-98% duty cycle in 1% steps)
– Frequency adjustable from 1 to 300 Hz in 1 Hz steps
o AC Nerve
– Allows for independent control of positive pulse duty cycle in 1% steps (1-98%)
– Allows for independent control of negative pulse duty cycle from 1-25.5% in 0.1% increments
o Peak Amp Display
o Peak Volt Display
o Peak Watt Display
o Dual Channel Capable
– Allows user to switch between any two waveforms (including frequency, duty cycle and voltage) by toggling
anode pole switch on-off-on within 1 second
o Tilt sensor
– Able to reset with cycling pole switch
– Able to adjust sensitivity
o Water immersion sensor
o Anode out of water sensor
– Adjustable
o Enunciator safety sound system
– Unique tones for each waveform
– Volume adjustable
o High visibility in-use safety lights on either side of unit
– Unique flashing for each waveform
o Large Emergency Stop Button
o Toggle switch main breaker (off/on switch)
o Equipped with built-in megohmmeter to test waders and gloves
o Weight
– Base Unit 16.50 lbs
Power Source
– 24v Lithium Smart Battery (22.2 Ah) 12 lbs
– Total operation weight with battery 28.5 lbs
o General Menu and Information Display (scroll through)
– Ability to save and recall up to 9 favorite settings (each setting with unique waveform type, frequency, duty cycle, and voltage)
– Total time meter
– Resettable fishing time meter
– Battery voltage
– Resettable battery amp usage
– Generator voltage
– Generator RPM
– Built in Ohm meter to test safety switches
o General Specs
– Powder coated aluminum housing
– ¼” turn Bayonet style waterproof connectors
– Composite military grade backpack frame used by special operations
– Shoulder straps and waist belt custom made for comfort & durability
– includes quick release straps

Battery package includes:
o One Xstream Electrofisher with pack frame
o One 6ft anode pole, switch and 11″ aluminum anode ring
o One cathode rattail with 3/16″ stainless cable
o One 24v, 22.2 Ah lithium iron phosphate smart battery
o One 24v smart charger

Handling, packaging and insured shipping to Stevens Point, WI

Note:
Large transport case for Xstream backpack unit to be included

Item 3
Equal to or better than Midwest Electrofishing Equipment Infinity Xstream Backpack Electrofisher
Power
– 400 watt+ average power
– 47,000 watts maximum peak output (achieved at 1% duty cycle)
– 1200 volt max
– 40 amp max

Power source (24v) Modular and interchangeable power sources
– Lithium iron phosphate smart battery- 24 V 22.2 amp-hr
– Custom designed 440w Honda powered 4-stroke generator
o Auto voltage regulated
-Throttles down for lower voltages or when anode pole switch is in “off” position

Waveforms
– DC (square wave)
o Pulsed DC
-Complete control of frequency (1 to 300 Hz in 1 hz adjustments) and duty cycle (1-100% in 1% steps)
o Smooth/Continuous DC
– Gated Burst DC- fully programmable
o Complete control (1 hz adjustments) over fast frequency (1-1000hz) and duty cycle (1-100%)
o Complete control over slow frequency (1 Hz adjustments) (1-300hz)
– AC Simple
o Square wave AC with adjustable cycle duration (1-98% duty cycle in 1% steps)
o Frequency adjustable from 1 to 300 Hz in 1 Hz steps
– AC Nerve
o Allows for independent control of positive pulse duty cycle in 1% steps (1-98%)
o Allows for independent control of negative pulse duty cycle from 1-25.5% in 0.1% increments

Channels
– Dual Channel Capable
o Allows user to switch between any two waveforms (including frequency, duty cycle and voltage) by toggling anode pole switch on-off-on within 1 second
o This feature is primarily used by the lamprey program

Safety
– Tilt sensor- able to adjust sensitivity
– Water immersion sensor
– Anode out of water sensor
– Enunciator- volume adjustable, unique tones for each waveform
– High visibility in-use lights on either side of unit, unique flashing for each waveform
– Large Emergency Stop button
– Equipped with built-in megohmmeter to test waders and gloves

Physical Characteristics
– Weight
o Base Unit 16.50 lbs
Power Source
-24v Lithium Smart Battery (22.2 Ah) 12 lbs
-w/ Custom Generator 14 lbs

Total operation weight of either 28.5 or 30.5lbs depending on power source.

– General Specs
o Powder Coated Aluminum Housing
o ¼” turn Bayonet style connectors
o Composite military grade backpack frame used by special operations
o Shoulder straps and waist belt custom made for comfort & durability, include quick release straps
o 6ft anode pole, w/ 11″ ring
o Rat tail cathode
o Custom anode and cathode configurations available upon request.

Metering
– Peak Amp Display
– Peak Volt Display
– Peak Watt Display
– General Menu and Information Display (scroll through)
o Ability to save and recall up to 9 favorite settings (each setting with unique waveform type, frequency, duty cycle, and voltage)
o Total time meter
o Resettable fishing time meter
o Battery voltage
o Battery amp usage
o Generator voltage
o Generator RPM
o Built in Ohm meter to test safety switches

Packages
X-Stream Backpack Electrofisher Package with one 24V, 22.2 ah lithium iron phosphate smart battery, smart battery charger, anode pole with 11″ aluminum anode ring, and cathode rattail

ACTION: Interested vendors who believe they have the capability to provide the required product/services as defined are invited to submit a Capability Statement, not to exceed 5 pages including attachments, exhibits, etc. Response should include the following information:

1. Company name, address, point of contact, email address, and business type (i.e. 8(a), HUBZone, veteran-owned small business, etc.).

2. GSA Schedule Contract Number (if applicable)

3. Capabilities Statement.

4. Do not provide only general brochures or generic information.

USGS will not accept unsolicited proposals related to the subject of this notice.

Interested vendors must provide their response via email to the Contract Specialist, Nicole Demby, ndemby@usgs.gov with the subject line reading “Electrofishing Equipment”.

Responses are due via email to ndemby@usgs.gov by 12:00 PM ET, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The response must be specific to the RFI requirements/qualifications listed above.

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