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Northern Illinois University
Sole Source #kef91654

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info
Published Saturday November 17, 2007
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Reliance Tool & Manufacturing Co., Elgin IL
Amount:  $1,210,308
Begin Date: November 5, 2007     End Date: May 15, 2009
Number of Months of Contract: 19
Renewal Options: None
The University reserves the right to amend this order to increase (or decrease) the dollar obligation and/or quantities, as needed.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday November 2, 2007
The University awarded a contract for laser assisted machining of ceramics to Reliance Tool & Manufacturing Co., Elgin IL for $1,210,308.
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the University requires a vendor that is capable of, and experienced in, high precision machining of ceramics for a research and development project. This vendor has a unique Roku-Roku very high precision diamond grinding system (accurate to 0.000005 inch) able to grind ceramic parts. In addition, this vendor will lease a MAZAK Integris 7-axis horizontal turning system with 1000 psi coolant feed capability and a multi-fiber solid state laser system to be integrated into the Mazak. NIU staff from Naperville and DeKalb will work with this equipment on a near daily basis and therefore require a vendor within a 30 minute driving distance of the Naperville and DeKalb campuses.
For additional information, contact:
Katherine Frank
Phone: (815) 753-6138

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