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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #268JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Tuesday September 10, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: Anton Paar USA, Inc., Ashland, VA
Amount: $89,500
Terms:  One-time transaction
Equipment specifications will take four months for assembly and delivery.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been modified
Published Wednesday September 4, 2013
Hearing documents and CPO determination are attached.
First published Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The University awarded a contract for Rheometer system with technical specifications to Anton Paar USA, Inc., Ashland, VA, for $89,500.
Purchase a Rheometer system with technical specifications based on MCR 302, with exposed support plate.

Anton Paar's model is the only modular compact rotational & oscillatory rheometer on the market that allows users to position an optical or confocal microscope under a Peltier glass plate system, and at the same time, includes fully functional rheometry features with the following advantages. The MCR is a single unit system: electronics and mechanics are combined in one unit. Electronically commutated (EC) synchronous motor allows for high permanent torques without signal drift, and for superb control of high moment of inertia. The instrument includes digital current sources that provide for stable measurement at low torques. The innovative, patented features on MCR 302 include Toolmaster, TruGap, TruRate, TruStrain and T-Ready, that allow automatic detection of geometry, precise control of experimental parameters and use real-time position information allowing precise, drift-free measurements. Additionally, the normal force sensor is integrated into air bearing increasing sensitivity. The instrument is additionally configured for tack testing. Together these features give MCR 302 unsurpassed and unique advantages. In fact, the compatibility with unconventional spectrosopic & imaging tools made possible by WESP model is necessary for this transformative research plan.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

June 19, 2013
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
June 14, 2013
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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