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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #369JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday July 17, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: E.A. Fischione Instruments, Export, PA
Amount: An estimated $250,000
Terms:  One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Thursday May 1, 2014
The hearing was cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Wednesday April 23, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The University awarded a contract for NanoMil TEM Speciment Preparation System to E.A. Fischione Instruments, Export, PA, for an estimated $250,000.
The Fischione Instruments Model 1040 NanoMill® TEM (transmission electron microscope) Specimen Preparation System will enable multidisciplinary research while furthering the education of students in the Physics Lab. This instrument will allow electrontransparent transmission electron microscopy (TEM) foils to be prepared virtually damage free; in turn, it will enable Physics Research scientists to fully utilize the newly installed $ 3 million JEOL instrument commonly known as an Electron Microscope at UIC which provides a spatial resolution of better than 68 pm and an energy resolution of better than 350 mV at 200 kV primary energy.

E.A. Fischione Instrument is the only manufacturer that can provide a low-energy Ar-ion beam sample cleaning system that will also allow for Ar-ion beam imaging and precise ion-beam positioning. Also, the vacuum system needs to be better than 10^-6 mbar and oil-free. E.A. Fischione is the only manufacturer that can deliver such a vacuum system integrated into an low-energy Ar-ion beam cleaning and imaging system, E.A. Fischione has multiple patents (United States Patent Nos. 7,132,673 and 7,504,623) protecting its IP, including the ion-beam imaging system and an oil-free vacuum system.

Usage of this new Fischione Specimen Preparation System will be shared with open access to any user for an hourly fee. Current users from Northwestern University, IIT, and University of Chicago have expressed their enthusiastic support for this new instrument.
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.

April 23, 2014
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:
April 18, 2014
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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Sole Source Justification
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