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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #411JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday September 18, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Armfield Inc., Clarksburg, NJ
Amount: An estimated $170,000
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 Wednesday September 10, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, August 25, 2014
The University awarded a contract for purchase of Armfield's UOP3CC-B System to Armfield Inc., Clarksburg, NJ, for an estimated $170,000.
The Armfield UOP3CC-B is a pilot-scale distillation column designed specifically to replicate the industrial chemical process of distillation, scaled down for the purpose of student training and laboratory experimentation. Only Armfield offers a distillation column with unique safety features, the ability to connect to either external industrial controllers such as PLC (programmable logic computer) or PID controllers, dedicated sampling ports for making vapor and liquid measurements at critical locations, and a comprehensive set of educational software that is integrated with Labview, an industry standard software used for data acquisition and process control.

SAFETY: The UOP3CC is designed for students and includes safety features that protect both the equipment and personnel in the event of operator error. The Armfield UOP3CC is designed to use with flammable solvents. This means that every electrical or moving mechanical component in the potentially hazardous area is certified to the appropriate explosion proof specification. The control console is protected by flameproof ‘barriers’ on all electrical connections. It can be located up to 2 metres from the process unit, outside any hazardous area caused by using flammable solvents. The flameproof specification of the equipment is EEx d GroupIIB Temp Class T4.Flameproof Certification allows wider for a wider range of solvent options to include: Methylcyclohexane/Toluene, Toluene/Chlorobenzene, Cyclohexane/n-heptane, Methanol/Water, Chlorobenzene/Ethylbenzene, Methanol/Ethanol, Ethanol/Water. The UOP3CC-B is the ONLY known educational distillation column on the market with this certification and it is a critical safety feature for a student laboratory.

The UOP3CC-B is the only distillation column that contains a third feed vessel and with the reflux phase separator, allows azeotropic distillation to be carried out. This is a unique capability of this column. In addition, the operating software generates a series of ‘Watchdog’ pulses when in control mode. If these pulses are not received the UOP3CC shuts down safely, and hence is protected from a software or communications failure. This safety feature is only found in the UOP3CC-B unit.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the The Armfield System is required for research and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented need.

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 - Aaron M. Finder

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.

September 10, 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:
September 5, 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
  • 411JCMPart1.pdf (392 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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