Alpha-4000 innov-X Hand Spectrometer - ACAN

Request For Proposals

General Information

   Mar 1, 2008
   Mar 17, 2008

Contact information

   Louis-G. a. Robichaud
Place Bonaventure, portail Sud-Est 800, rue de La Gauchetière Ouest 7 ième étage Telephone No.: (514) 496-3842 ( ) Facsimile No.: (514) 496-3822
Montréal, Québec H5A 1L6
   (514) 496-3842 ( )
   (514) 496-3822

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Alpha-4000 innov-X Hand Spectrometer

Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited
to bid
Attachment: None
Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Interchangeable Parts
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Vendor Name and Address:
Innov-X Systems Canada Inc.
1100 Central Parkway West
Unit 37-1
Mississauga Ontario
Nature of Requirements:
Purchase of an Alpha-4000 field portable, handheld X-ray
fluorescence spectrometer for in situ analyses of geological
materials required by the Canadian Space Agency in St-Hubert,

Sole source justification:

Innov-X Systems handheld portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
instruments are the only X-ray tube-based portable systems
capable of analyzing light elements with a vacuum system without
the use of a compressed helium gas purge system or an additional
vacuum chamber. In practice, this means that the XRF system can
be used in remote field locations, without the need to carry
cumbersome gas cylinders, for the analysis of the widest
diversity of elements.

Requirements met by the Innov-X Systems Alpha-4000 system:

- Must be a vacuum-based system capable of analyzing light
elements including Ca, K, S, P, Cl without the need for carrying
compressed gas cylinders in remote field locations.
- Must quantitively analyze the following elements in soil,
rocks, and minerals: Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Rb, Sr,
Zr, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Ba, Hg, Pb, U, and Br. - -
- Must be able to analyse up to a total of 25 elements.
- Must be suitable from ppm to approx. 2% level of metal
- Must be able to analyze elements Ca, K, S, P, Cl and I by
modifying voltage without the use of any additional vacuum
chambers or gas purge systems.
- Must be compact and light weight (3.5lbs or lighter), and
- Must use an X-ray tube (radioisotope systems are not practical
for travel to remote field locations and are subject to
stringent restrictions with respect to transportation on
commercial airplanes and helicopters).
- Must utilize standard operation conditions of 15-35 kV, and
current from 10-50 uA for X-ray production.
- Tube parameters, including voltage, current and multiple
filter locations must all be under computer control.
- Analyzer must have at least 5 filter positions for modifying
incident X-ray spectrum to optimize for certain elements or
sample types. Filter positions, beam voltages and currents must
all be under computer control and menu driven by touchscreen
user interface. Five (5) filter positions are essential for the
broadest range of elemental analysis with optimal source
- Analyzer must have a rear LCD screen in addition to a PDA-type
computer for readout of results.
- Analyzer must include a test stand that docks the analyzer
into a position that permits the device to be operated as a
hands free, bench-top analysis station. The test stand must
position the analyzer detector to point upwards to permit bagged
and prepared soil, till, rock powder samples or liquids in XRF
sample cups to be presented to the analyzer for analysis in this
- Analyzer must come with appropriate analytical and testing
software as well as PDA-style computer.

Quantity: 1
Delivery: On or before March 31, 2008.

Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

You are hereby notified that the government intends to negotiate
with one firm only as identified above. Should you have any
questions concerning this requirement, contact the contracting
officer identified above.

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calendar days, indicating to the supplier community that it
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before the closing date, a Statement of Capabilities that meets
the requirements set out in the ACAN, the contracting authority
may then proceed with the award. However, should a Statement of
Capabilities be found to meet the requirements set out in the
ACAN, then the contracting authority will proceed to a full
tendering process.

Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available
to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a
statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person
identified in this Notice on or before the closing date of this
Notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate
how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.

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closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the
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transmission, on the covering page.

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Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Robichaud, Louis-G. a.
Place Bonaventure, portail Sud-Est
800, rue de La Gauchetière Ouest
7 ième étage
H5A 1L6
Telephone No.: (514) 496-3842 ( )
Facsimile No.: (514) 496-3822

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