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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
RFP #22701-RLC

Request for Proposal: Vacuum Furnaces

Award Info
Published Friday January 25, 2002
Awarded to:
Vendor:  IVI Corp., Pembroke, MA
Amount:  $136,965
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 7
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday February 12, 2001
Sealed responses will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Wednesday March 14, 2001:
Lowden Hall, Room 107
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2870

for vacuum furnaces.

The University is engaged in research programs with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Vacuum furnaces are required for research and development work on the assembly and bonding of the Next Linear Collider (NLC) RF Structures at Fermi Lab (FNAL). These are to be compact furnaces used as a diffusion bonding and brazing furnace for the complete assembly of the NLC RF structures. There are two furnaces included in the RFP. The first one, Section 1, is of vertical configuration, bottom or front loading, stainless steel double-wall vessel; working temperatures of 1200 degrees Celsius, molybdenum heat shields, working size 20 inch X 100 inch (usable work zone), maximum weight of work piece to be loaded is 1,500#, molybdenum heating elements in three independent zones, water cooled, automatic and manual controls. Maximum allowable floor load at FNAL site is 3,000 lbs/sq.ft.

Section 2 is for a smaller furnace with a usable hot zone 12"w X 12"h X 15" long, molybdenum heating elements, 1200 degree Celsius operating temperature, 850 - 1000 degree Celsius operating range, molybdenum shields, stainless steel shells, water cooled operation; a programmable controller and recorder (PC link or floppy drive preferred. Full specifications are contained in the RFP document. The successful bidder will be required to fully assemble their furnace and to perform preliminary acceptance tests on the furnace at their site. Fermi Lab having the right to witness testing or to be represented by a firm of their choice to witness tests. Upon installation at FNAL, the furnaces shall be tested with the same testing methods prior to final acceptance. The test program specified by the National Accelerator Laboratory personnel will be run at both times with additional requirements for the installation testing. The RFP document contains the full specifications for design and operational parameters.

Respondents must provide a description of the furnace; general arrangement drawings of the furnace; pictures of similar furnaces made by respondent; detailed descriptions of each component and sub-component; footprint of entire system; FNAL's site utility requirements and responsibilities; description of safety issues addressed and suggested by vendor including a narrative of what codes and standards are met by vendor's proposal; detailed pricing for main unit and sub-components; testing plan and methodolgy; shipment plans; warranty (minimum 1 year parts and labor), maintenance and service available; extended warranty costs and information; and any special requirements of respondent regarding design, shipping, insurance, installation, testing plans, etc. (Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

For additional information, contact:
Bob Caswell
Phone: (815) 753-6106

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