Handheld Mass Spectrometer, Suffield, Alberta

Solicitation number W7702-145680/A

Publication date

Closing date and time 2014/03/06 15:00 EST

    Trade Agreement: NAFTA/AIT/Canada FTAs with Peru/Colombia/Panama
    Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited
    to bid
    Attachment: None
    Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Exclusive Rights
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Vendor Name and Address: 
    Visiontec (2008) Ltd.
    6810 Kitimat Road
    Unit 1 & 2
    Mississauga Ontario
    Nature of Requirements: 
    Handheld Mass Spectrometer, Suffield, Alberta
    Kowal, Meagan
    Telephone No. - (306) 975-6223 (    )
    Fax No. - (306) 975-5397
    To supply a "pre-commercial" miniature high pressure mass
    spectrometer (908 Device Inc Model M908 ) for Department of
    National Defence (DND), Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) Suffield, AB.
    Equipment must be shipped by March 31, 2014.
    Department of National Defence (DND), Defence R&D Canada (DRDC)
    Suffield requires a mass spectrometric-based handheld detection
    system for assessment in support of its chemical detection
    project. DND will evaluate the instrument against agents of
    military concern and under field operating conditions, to better
    inform DND of technology options for future procurement.
    The identified technology is at a "beta-test" stage and will be
    used to facilitate evaluation activities at DRDC Suffield, to be
    performed prior to the production unit's availability. 
    Sole Source Justification:
    908 Devices Inc holds proprietary intellectual property and
    patent rights to the M908 miniature high pressure mass
    spectrometer technology and there are no alternate sources of
    supply that can meet the Crown's needs.
    Visiontec (2008) Limited is the sole distributor and only
    approved value-added reseller authorized by 908 Devices Inc to
    sell and support the equipment in Canada 
    No other product can meet DND's needs, as follows:
    a) Unit weighs no more than 2kg 
    b) response time of 60 seconds or less.
    c) m/z spectrum resolving power
    d) unit can identify chemicals in the gas, vapour, liquid and
    solid phase. 
    e) ability to include additional targets into the device's
    on-board library, if they are not already included
    No miniature handheld high pressure mass spectrometer has the
    above performance specifications which are unique to the M908
    and operationally required by DND.
    There is no other similar technology currently available.
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    alternative or substitute exists;
    There is no security requirement associated with this requirement
    Contract Value:
    The estimated value of this procurement is $35,000.00 (GST not
    included), $36,750.00 (GST included).
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
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    Trade agreements

    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    Kowal, Meagan
    (306) 975-6223 ( )
    (306) 975-5397
    #910, 410 - 22nd Street East
    Saskatoon, Sask., S7K 5T6

    Buying organization(s)

    Department of National Defence
    101 Colonel By Dr
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0K2
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