BIDS MUST BE SEALED AND ADDRESSED TO: State of Wisconsin DOA-3070 (R08/2003)

BIDS MUST BE SEALED AND ADDRESSED TO: State of Wisconsin DOA-3070 (R08/2003)
State of Wisconsin
Wis. Statutes s.16.75
DOA-3070 (R08/2003)
Remove from bidder list for this commodity/service. (Return this page only.)
Bid envelope must be sealed and plainly marked in lower corner with due date and Request for Bid
#SS-1111. Late bids will be rejected. Bids MUST be date and time stamped by the soliciting
purchasing office on or before the date and time that the bid is due. Bids dated and time stamped
in another office will be rejected. Receipt of a bid by the mail system does not constitute receipt of
a bid by the purchasing office. Any bid which is inadvertently opened as a result of not being
properly and clearly marked is subject to rejection. Bids must be submitted separately, i.e., not
included with sample packages or other bids. Bid openings are public unless otherwise specified.
Records will be available for public inspection after issuance of the notice of intent to award or the
award of the contract. Bidder should contact person named below for an appointment to view the
bid record. Bids shall be firm for acceptance for sixty (60) days from date of bid opening, unless
otherwise noted. The attached terms and conditions apply to any subsequent award.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Purchasing Office, Schofield Hall 101
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Bids MUST be in this office no later than
BIDDER (Name and Address)
November 30, 2010; 2:30 PM
Name (Contact for further information)
Steve Slind
November 15, 2010
Quote Price and Delivery FOB
Destination Dock Deliver and Installed
Fax bids are accepted
and Unit
1 Each
Fax bids are not accepted
Per Unit
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Materials Science Center
is accepting bids for a Digital, PC Controlled, Low Vacuum
Scanning Electron Microscope
Bids will be accepted per the attached:
Special Conditions of Bid
Standard Terms and Conditions
Itemized Bid Form
Fax Bids Accepted at 715-836-2020
Technical Questions Contact: Douglas Dunham
Phone: 715-836-5312 E-mail: [email protected]
Payment Terms
Delivery Time
We claim minority bidder preference [Wis. Stats. s. 16.75(3m)]. Under Wisconsin Statutes, a 5% preference may be granted to CERTIFIED Minority Business Enterprises. Bidder must be
certified by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. If you have questions concerning the certification process, contact the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, 5th Floor, 201 W. Washington
Ave., Madison, Wisconsin 53702, (608) 267-9550. Does Not Apply to Printing Bids.
We are a work center certified under Wis. Stats. s. 16.752 employing persons with severe disabilities. Questions concerning the certification process should be addressed to the Work Center
Program, State Bureau of Procurement, 6th Floor, 101 E. Wilson St., Madison, Wisconsin 53702, (608) 266-2605.
Wis. Stats. s. 16.754 directs the state to purchase materials which are manufactured to the greatest extent in the United States when all other factors are substantially equal. Materials covered in
our bid were manufactured in whole or in substantial part within the United States, or the majority of the component parts thereof were manufactured in whole or in substantial part in the United
In signing this bid we also certify that we have not, either directly or indirectly, entered into any agreement or participated in any collusion or otherwise taken any action in restraint of free
competition; that no attempt has been made to induce any other person or firm to submit or not to submit a bid; that this bid has been independently arrived at without collusion with any other bidder,
competitor or potential competitor; that this bid has not been knowingly disclosed prior to the opening of bids to any other bidder or competitor; that the above statement is accurate under penalty of
We will comply with all terms, conditions and specifications required by the state in this Request for Bid and all terms of our bid.
Name of Authorized Company Representative (Type or Print)
Signature of Above
Federal Employer Identification No.
This form can be made available in accessible formats upon request to qualified individuals with disabilities.
Social Security No. if Sole
Proprietor (Voluntary)
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Bid Number: SS-1111
November 8, 2010
Table of Contents
Section 1: Standard Terms and Conditions
Section 2: Designation of Confidential and Proprietary Information
Section 3: Vendor Agreement
Section 4: Special Conditions of Bid
Minority Business Participation
Bid Response Requirements
Bidder Qualifications
F.O.B. Term
On Site Service
Method of Bid
Method of Award
Invoicing and Payment
Possible Purchasers
Additional Information
1. Indemnification
2. Property Damage
3. Technical Contact
4. Insurance Requirements
Notification to Bidders
Energy Star
Environmentally Friendly “Green” Product
Background Checks
Fair Price Analysis
Section 5: Scanning Electron Microscope Requirements and Specifications
Electron Optics
Specimen Chamber and Stage
Vacuum System
Electron Detectors
Scanning/Display System
Computer Interface
Remote Operation
Energy Dispersive X-ray System (Detector, Imaging System, Analyzer and Software
Additional Requirements
Installation and Training
Section 6: Itemized Bid Form
Bidder Information
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Chs. 16, 19, 51
DOA-3054 (R10/2005)
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Standard Terms and Conditions
SPECIFICATIONS: The specifications in this request are the minimum acceptable. When specific manufacturer and model numbers are used,
they are to establish a design, type of construction, quality, functional capability and/or performance level desired. When alternates are
bid/proposed, they must be identified by manufacturer, stock number, and such other information necessary to establish equivalency. The State of
Wisconsin shall be the sole judge of equivalency. Bidders/proposers are cautioned to avoid bidding alternates to the specifi cations which may
result in rejection of their bid/proposal.
DEVIATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS: Deviations and exceptions from original text, terms, conditions, or specifications shall be described fully, on the
bidder's/proposer's letterhead, signed, and attached to the request. In the absence of such statement, the bid/proposal shall be accepted as in strict
compliance with all terms, conditions, and specifications and the bidders/proposers shall be held liable.
QUALITY: Unless otherwise indicated in the request, all material shall be first quality. Items which are used, demonstrators, obsolete, seconds, or
which have been discontinued are unacceptable without prior written approval by the State of Wisconsin.
QUANTITIES: The quantities shown on this request are based on estimated needs. The state reserves the right to increase or decrease quantities
to meet actual needs.
DELIVERY: Deliveries shall be F.O.B. destination freight prepaid and included unless otherwise specified.
PRICING AND DISCOUNT: The State of Wisconsin qualifies for governmental discounts and its educational institutions also qualify for educational
discounts. Unit prices shall reflect these discounts.
Unit prices shown on the bid/proposal or contract shall be the price per unit of sale (e.g., gal., cs., doz., ea.) as stated on the request or
contract. For any given item, the quantity multiplied by the unit price shall establish the extended price, the unit price s hall govern in the
bid/proposal evaluation and contract administration.
Prices established in continuing agreements and term contracts may be lowered due to general market conditions, but prices shall not be
subject to increase for ninety (90) calendar days from the date of award. Any increase proposed shall be submitted to the contracting
agency thirty (30) calendar days before the proposed effective date of the price increase, and shall be limited to fully documented cost
increases to the contractor which are demonstrated to be industry-wide. The conditions under which price increases may be granted shall
be expressed in bid/proposal documents and contracts or agreements.
In determination of award, discounts for early payment will only be considered when all other conditions are equal and when payment terms
allow at least fifteen (15) days, providing the discount terms are deemed favorable. All payment terms must allow the option of net thirty
UNFAIR SALES ACT: Prices quoted to the State of Wisconsin are not governed by the Unfair Sales Act.
ACCEPTANCE-REJECTION: The State of Wisconsin reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids/proposals, to waive any technicality in
any bid/proposal submitted, and to accept any part of a bid/proposal as deemed to be in the best interests of the State of Wisconsin.
Bids/proposals MUST be date and time stamped by the soliciting purchasing office on or before the date and time that the bid/proposal is due.
Bids/proposals date and time stamped in another office will be rejected. Receipt of a bid/proposal by the mail system does not constitute receipt of
a bid/proposal by the purchasing office.
METHOD OF AWARD: Award shall be made to the lowest responsible, responsive bidder unless otherwise specified.
ORDERING: Purchase orders or releases via purchasing cards shall be placed directly to the contractor by an authorized agency. No other
purchase orders are authorized.
PAYMENT TERMS AND INVOICING: The State of Wisconsin normally will pay properly submitted vendor invoices within thirty (30) days of
receipt providing goods and/or services have been delivered, installed (if required), and accepted as specified.
Invoices presented for payment must be submitted in accordance with instructions contained on the purchase order including reference to
purchase order number and submittal to the correct address for processing.
A good faith dispute creates an exception to prompt payment.
TAXES: The State of Wisconsin and its agencies are exempt from payment of all federal tax and Wisconsin state and local taxes on its purchases
except Wisconsin excise taxes as described below.
The State of Wisconsin, including all its agencies, is required to pay the Wisconsin excise or occupation tax on its purchase of beer, liquor, wine,
cigarettes, tobacco products, motor vehicle fuel and general aviation fuel. However, it is exempt from payment of Wisconsin sales or use tax on its
purchases. The State of Wisconsin may be subject to other states' taxes on its purchases in that state depending on the laws of that state.
Contractors performing construction activities are required to pay state use tax on the cost of materials.
GUARANTEED DELIVERY: Failure of the contractor to adhere to delivery schedules as specified or to promptly replace rejected materials shall
render the contractor liable for all costs in excess of the contract price when alternate procurement is necessary. Excess c osts shall include the
administrative costs.
ENTIRE AGREEMENT: These Standard Terms and Conditions shall apply to any contract or order awarded as a result of this request except
where special requirements are stated elsewhere in the request; in such cases, the special requirements shall apply. Further , the written contract
and/or order with referenced parts and attachments shall constitute the entire agreement and no other terms and conditions in any document,
acceptance, or acknowledgment shall be effective or binding unless expressly agreed to in writing by the contracting authority.
APPLICABLE LAW AND COMPLIANCE: This contract shall be governed under the laws of the State of Wisconsin. The contractor shall at all
times comply with and observe all federal and state laws, local laws, ordinances, and regulations which are in effect during the period of this
contract and which in any manner affect the work or its conduct. The State of Wisconsin reserves the right to cancel this contract if the contractor
fails to follow the requirements of s. 77.66, Wis. Stats., and related statutes regarding certification for collection of sales and use tax. The State of
Wisconsin also reserves the right to cancel this contract with any federally debarred contractor or a contractor that is pres ently identified on the list
of parties excluded from federal procurement and non-procurement contracts.
ANTITRUST ASSIGNMENT: The contractor and the State of Wisconsin recognize that in actual economic practice, overcharges resulting from
antitrust violations are in fact usually borne by the State of Wisconsin (purchaser). Therefore, the contractor hereby assigns to the State of
Wisconsin any and all claims for such overcharges as to goods, materials or services purchased in connection with this contract.
ASSIGNMENT: No right or duty in whole or in part of the contractor under this contract may be assigned or delegated without the prior written
consent of the State of Wisconsin.
WORK CENTER CRITERIA: A work center must be certified under s. 16.752, Wis. Stats., and must ensure that when engaged in the production
of materials, supplies or equipment or the performance of contractual services, not less than seventy-five percent (75%) of the total hours of direct
labor are performed by severely handicapped individuals.
NONDISCRIMINATION / AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: In connection with the performance of work under this contract, the contractor agrees not to
discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition,
developmental disability as defined in s. 51.01(5), Wis. Stats., sexual orientation as defined in s. 111.32(13m), Wis. Stats., or national origin. This
provision shall include, but not be limited to, the following: employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer; recruitment or r ecruitment advertising;
layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship. Except with respect to
sexual orientation, the contractor further agrees to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities.
Contracts estimated to be over twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) require the submission of a written affirmative action plan by the
contractor. An exemption occurs from this requirement if the contractor has a workforce of less than twenty-five (25) employees. Within
fifteen (15) working days after the contract is awarded, the contractor must submit the plan to the contracting state agency for approval.
Instructions on preparing the plan and technical assistance regarding this clause are available from the contracting state agency.
The contractor agrees to post in conspicuous places, available for employees and applicants for employment, a notice to be provided by the
contracting state agency that sets forth the provisions of the State of Wisconsin's nondiscrimination law.
Failure to comply with the conditions of this clause may result in the contractor's becoming declared an "ineligible" contractor, termination of
the contract, or withholding of payment.
PATENT INFRINGEMENT: The contractor selling to the State of Wisconsin the articles described herein guarantees the articles were
manufactured or produced in accordance with applicable federal labor laws. Further, that the sale or use of the artic les described herein will not
infringe any United States patent. The contractor covenants that it will at its own expense defend every suit which shall be brought against the
State of Wisconsin (provided that such contractor is promptly notified of such suit, and all papers therein are delivered to it) for any alleged
infringement of any patent by reason of the sale or use of such articles, and agrees that it will pay all costs, damages, and profits recoverable in
any such suit.
SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: All materials, equipment, and supplies provided to the State of Wisconsin must comply fully with all safety
requirements as set forth by the Wisconsin Administrative Code and all applicable OSHA Standards.
WARRANTY: Unless otherwise specifically stated by the bidder/proposer, equipment purchased as a result of this request shall be warranted
against defects by the bidder/proposer for one (1) year from date of receipt. The equipment manufacturer's standard warranty shall apply as a
minimum and must be honored by the contractor.
INSURANCE RESPONSIBILITY: The contractor performing services for the State of Wisconsin shall:
Maintain worker's compensation insurance as required by Wisconsin Statutes, for all employees engaged in the work.
Maintain commercial liability, bodily injury and property damage insurance against any claim(s) which might occur in carrying out this
agreement/contract. Minimum coverage shall be one million dollars ($1,000,000) liability for bodily injury and property damage including
products liability and completed operations. Provide motor vehicle insurance for all owned, non-owned and hired vehicles that are used in
carrying out this contract. Minimum coverage shall be one million dollars ($1,000,000) per occurrence combined single limit for automobile
liability and property damage.
The state reserves the right to require higher or lower limits where warranted.
CANCELLATION: The State of Wisconsin reserves the right to cancel any contract in whole or in part without penalty due to non-appropriation of
funds or for failure of the contractor to comply with terms, conditions, and specifications of this contract.
VENDOR TAX DELINQUENCY: Vendors who have a delinquent Wisconsin tax liability may have their payments offset by the State of Wisconsin.
PUBLIC RECORDS ACCESS: It is the intention of the state to maintain an open and public process in the solicitation, submission, review, and
approval of procurement activities.
Bid/proposal openings are public unless otherwise specified. Records may not be available for public inspection prior to issuance of the notice of
intent to award or the award of the contract.
PROPRIETARY INFORMATION: Any restrictions on the use of data contained within a request, must be clearly stated in the bid/proposal itself.
Proprietary information submitted in response to a request will be handled in accordance with applicable State of Wisconsin procurement
regulations and the Wisconsin public records law. Proprietary restrictions normally are not accepted. However, when accepted, it is the vendor's
responsibility to defend the determination in the event of an appeal or litigation.
Data contained in a bid/proposal, all documentation provided therein, and innovations developed as a result of the contracted commodities
or services cannot be copyrighted or patented. All data, documentation, and innovations become the property of the State of Wisconsin.
Any material submitted by the vendor in response to this request that the vendor considers confidential and proprietary information and
which qualifies as a trade secret, as provided in s. 19.36(5), Wis. Stats., or material which can be kept confidential under the Wisconsin
public records law, must be identified on a Designation of Confidential and Proprietary Information form (DOA-3027). Bidders/proposers
may request the form if it is not part of the Request for Bid/Request for Proposal package. Bid/proposal prices cannot be held confidential.
DISCLOSURE: If a state public official (s. 19.42, Wis. Stats.), a member of a state public official's immediate family, or any organization in which a
state public official or a member of the official's immediate family owns or controls a ten percent (10%) interest, is a party to this agreement, and if
this agreement involves payment of more than three thousand dollars ($3,000) within a twelve (12) month period, this contract is voidable by the
state unless appropriate disclosure is made according to s. 19.45(6), Wis. Stats., before signing the contract. Disclosure must be made to the
State of Wisconsin Ethics Board, 44 East Mifflin Street, Suite 601, Madison, Wisconsin 53703 (Telephone 608-266-8123).
State classified and former employees and certain University of Wisconsin faculty/staff are subject to separate disclosure requirements, s. 16.417,
Wis. Stats.
RECYCLED MATERIALS: The State of Wisconsin is required to purchase products incorporating recycled materials whenever technically and
economically feasible. Bidders are encouraged to bid products with recycled content which meet specifications.
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET: If any item(s) on an order(s) resulting from this award(s) is a hazardous chemical, as defined under 29CFR
1910.1200, provide one (1) copy of a Material Safety Data Sheet for each item with the shipped container(s) and one (1) copy with the invoice(s).
PROMOTIONAL ADVERTISING / NEWS RELEASES: Reference to or use of the State of Wisconsin, any of its departments, agencies or other
subunits, or any state official or employee for commercial promotion is prohibited. News releases pertaining to this procurement shall not be made
without prior approval of the State of Wisconsin. Release of broadcast e-mails pertaining to this procurement shall not be made without prior
written authorization of the contracting agency.
HOLD HARMLESS: The contractor will indemnify and save harmless the State of Wisconsin and all of its officers, agents and employees from all
suits, actions, or claims of any character brought for or on account of any injuries or damages received by any persons or pr operty resulting from
the operations of the contractor, or of any of its contractors, in prosecuting work under this agreement.
FOREIGN CORPORATION: A foreign corporation (any corporation other than a Wisconsin corporation) which becomes a party to this Agreement
is required to conform to all the requirements of Chapter 180, Wis. Stats., relating to a foreign corporation and must possess a certificate of
authority from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, unless the corporation is transacting business in interstate commerce or is
otherwise exempt from the requirement of obtaining a certificate of authority. Any foreign corporation which desires to apply for a certificate of
authority should contact the Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Corporation, P. O. Box 7846, Madison, WI 53707-7846; telephone
(608) 261-7577.
WORK CENTER PROGRAM: The successful bidder/proposer shall agree to implement processes that allow the State agencies, including the
University of Wisconsin System, to satisfy the State's obligation to purchase goods and services produced by work centers cer tified under the
State Use Law, s.16.752, Wis. Stat. This shall result in requiring the successful bidder/proposer to include products provid ed by work centers in its
catalog for State agencies and campuses or to block the sale of comparable items to State agencies and campuses.
FORCE MAJEURE: Neither party shall be in default by reason of any failure in performance of this Agreement in accordance with reasonable
control and without fault or negligence on their part. Such causes may include, but are not restricted to, acts of nature or the public enemy, acts of
the government in either its sovereign or contractual capacity, fires, floods, epidemics, quarantine restrictions, strikes, freight embargoes and
unusually severe weather, but in every case the failure to perform such must be beyond the reasonable control and without the fault or negligence
of the party.
DOA-3027 N(R01/98)
The attached material submitted in response to Bid/Proposal # SS-1111 includes proprietary and confidential information which
qualifies as a trade secret, as provided in s. 19.36(5), Wis. Stats., or is otherwise material that can be kept confidential under the
Wisconsin Open Records Law. As such, we ask that certain pages, as indicated below, of this bid/proposal response be treated as
confidential material and not be released without our written approval.
Prices always become public information when bids/proposals are opened, and therefore cannot be kept
Other information cannot be kept confidential unless it is a trade secret. Trade secret is defined in s. 134.90(1)(c), Wis. Stats. as
follows: "Trade secret" means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique or
process to which all of the following apply:
1. The information derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and
not being
readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its
disclosure or use.
2. The information is the subject of efforts to maintain its secrecy that are reasonable under the circumstances.
We request that the following pages not be released
Page #
Failure to include this form in the bid/proposal response may mean that all information provided as part of the bid/proposal response will be open
to examination and copying. The state considers other markings of confidential in the bid/proposal document to be insufficient. The
undersigned agrees to hold the state harmless for any damages arising out of the release of any materials unless they are specifically identified
Company Name
Authorized Representative
Authorized Representative
Type or Print
This document can be made available in accessible formats to qualified individuals with disabilities
Division of State Agency Services
State Bureau of Procurement
State of Wisconsin
Department of Administration
DOA-3333 (R03/2004)
Vendor Agreement
Wisconsin’s Cooperative Purchasing Service
Wisconsin statutes (s. 16.73, Wis. Stats.) establish authority to allow Wisconsin municipalities to purchase from state contracts.
Participating in the service gives vendors opportunities for additional sales without additional bidding. Municipalities use the
service to expedite purchases. A "municipality" is defined as any county, city, village, town, school district, board of school
directors, sewer district, drainage district, vocational, technical and adult education district, or any other public body having the
authority to award public contracts (s. 16.70(8), Wis. Stats.). Federally recognized Indian tribes and bands in this state may
participate in cooperative purchasing with the state or any municipality under ss. 66.0301(1) and (2), Wis.Stats.
Interested municipalities:
will contact the contractor directly to place orders referencing the state agency contract number; and
are responsible for receipt, acceptance, inspection of commodities directly from the contractor, and making payment
directly to the contractor.
The State of Wisconsin is not a party to these purchases or any dispute arising from these purchases and is not liable for
delivery or payment of any of these purchases.
The State of Wisconsin will determine the contractor’s participation by checking a box below.
MANDATORY: Bidders/Proposers must agree to furnish the commodities or services of this bid/proposal to Wisconsin
municipalities. Vendors should note any special conditions below.
OPTIONAL: Bidders/Proposers may or may not agree to furnish the commodities or services of this bid/proposal to
Wisconsin municipalities. A vendor’s decision on participating in this service has no effect on awarding this contract.
A vendor in the service may specify minimum order sizes by volume or dollar amount, additional charges beyond normal
delivery areas, or other minimal changes for municipalities.
Vendor: please check one of the following boxes in response.
I Agree to furnish the commodities or services of this bid/proposal to Wisconsin municipalities with any special
conditions noted below.
I Do Not Agree to furnish the commodities or services to Wisconsin municipalities.
Special Conditions (if applicable):
Date (mm/dd/ccyy)
Name (Type or Print)
Address (Street)
ZIP + 4
Request for Bid/Proposal Number
This form can be made available in accessible formats upon request to qualified individuals with disabilities
UW-Eau Claire
November 8, 2010
Scanning Electron Microscope
Special Conditions of Bid
Request for Bid SS-1111
The Material Sciences Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is requesting bids for a Digital, PC Controlled,
Low Vacuum Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The primary function of the microscope will be use in
undergraduate laboratory curriculum. Therefore ease of use, robustness, and ease of setup will be important. As the
curriculum is developed and then matures, the ability of the microscope to be adaptable to a wide variety of experiments
will also be important.
Equipment delivery and installation is requested within 90 days of the contractor’s receipt of a purchase order. Please
indicate on the itemized bid form when the earliest ship date would be.
See SPECIFICATIONS and/or ITEMIZED BID LIST for the minimum acceptable specifications for products desired.
If you are bidding an alternative product, please provide complete specifications (performance features, and descriptive
brochure or detail for units you propose to furnish), clearly identified by manufacturer’s name and catalog number. See
“Standard Terms and Conditions,” items 1.0, 2 .0 and 3.0.
Conditions of bid, which include the word “must” or “shall” describe a mandatory minimum requirement. All
specifications are defined as mandatory minimum requirements unless otherwise stated. If no bidder is able to comply
with a given specification or condition of bid, purchasing reserves the right to delete that specification, condition of bid
or item.
Failure to meet a mandatory requirement could disqualify your bid.
Revisions to this bid may be made only by an official written amendment issued by Purchasing.
Retain a copy of your bid response for your files. If a contract is developed from this request for bid, these documents
will become terms and conditions of the contract.
The UW-Eau Claire is committed to the promotion of minority business in the State’s purchasing program and a goal of
placing 5 percent of its total purchasing dollars with certified minority businesses. Authority for this program is found in
Wisconsin Statutes 15.107(2), 16.75(4), and 16.755 and 560.036(2).
A listing of certified minority businesses, as well as services and commodities they provide is available from Department
of Commerce, Office of Minority Business Development, 608-267-8379. Questions regarding certification of minority
businesses should be directed to DOA Minority Business Program at 608-267-7806.
Send Two Copies of Each (If one copy is sent by fax the second copy should be mailed and received at UW-Eau
Claire, Purchasing Office within 2 (two) working days of the due date)
1. Request for Bid form
2. Itemized Bid form
3. Copies of the manufacturer’s product brochure that includes detailed product information
4. Vendor Agreement Wisconsin’s Cooperative Purchasing Service
5. Designation of Confidential and Proprietary Information
To be eligible for an award, you must be qualified and be able to provide the following as required. Failure to meet the
qualifications or to provide this information may be cause for disqualification of your bid.
1. Bidder must designate a person in their company to provide on-going communication, coordinate service, answer
questions and expedite delivery.
2. Bidder must be an original manufacturer, distributor or a dealer authorized by the manufacturer to sell the product
bid. All of the manufacturer’s product liability shall apply through bidders contractual relationship with the
manufacturer of the equipment proposed. Bidder shall be able to provide service and support for the equipment and
be an authorized equipment service center.
3. Bidder must be prepared to honor the manufacturer’s standard warranty at a minimum. Indicate the warranty term on
the appropriate line of the itemized bid form.
4. Bidder must be able to provide upon request, by the University, at least three higher education institutions or firms
that the vendor has supplied with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) similar to the one being bid. If contacted
information received from these clients or customers will be used to determine if the bidder meets qualifications.
Equipment shipment from the contractor is request within 90 days after the contractor receives a purchase order. Please
indicate on the itemized bid sheet the delivery schedule.
F.O.B. Destination Freight Prepaid Included and Installed:
Products are to be delivered to our Central Receiving dock at 651 University Drive, Eau Claire WI 54701. Bid prices are
to include all packing, transportation, set-up, insurance charges and instructional, service and operators manual
charges. Installation schedule shall be coordinated with Douglas Dunham 715-836-5312.
If bidding other than F.O.B. Destination, as stated above, F.O.B. point and shipping charges must be identified on the
Itemized Bid Form. This cost will be added to the bid total for determining the award.
Duty charges (FOB=DDP Destination Duty Paid), if applicable (includes but not limited to documentation fees, freight,
customs clearance, tax, etc.), must be included in the proposed price and referenced as separate costs on the Itemized Bid
List. A copy of the duty free paperwork, with the vendor portion filled out must be submitted to Purchasing at time of
In carrying out the scope of this RFB, the contractor may be required to perform services on University property.
Bidders cost must include all business transportation and insurance charges.
The insurance requirements listed in section 23.0 of the Standard Terms and Conditions are the minimum required by the
State of Wisconsin. The contractor and any subcontractor receiving an award, from this bid must send a certificate of
insurance to the purchasing office at UW-Eau Claire, which indicates compliance, prior to providing services.
Bidder shall submit net unit prices and extended totals for items listed on the Itemized Bid Form.
Where it is required, a total lot price must be indicated.
Award shall be made on the basis of the lowest net total price which is judged to be in the best interest of the University.
Timeliness of delivery may be used in the evaluation of bid submittals when appropriate.
Invoices shall be sent to the Accounts Payable address indicated on the purchase order. All invoices shall reference the
purchase order number. The University must meet a statutory mandate to pay or reject an invoice within 30 days of
receipt of a properly submitted invoice.
In addition to the UW-Eau Claire, all UW-System campuses, State of Wisconsin agencies and municipalities, shall be
eligible to purchase from this bid or contract if one is developed. Any contract resulting from this bid shall not be
construed as mandatory upon any campus or state agency.
1. Indemnification: Contractor shall hold the State Harmless and shall indemnify the State and its agencies and
employees against any and all claims, suits, action, liabilities and costs of any kind, including attorney’s fees, for
personal injury or to property arising from the acts or omissions of the Contractor, its agents, officer, employees or
subcontractors. Contractor shall not be liable for any injury or damage as a result of any negligent act or omission
committed by the State.
2. Property Damage: Should university equipment or buildings be damaged as a result of sole negligence of the
contractor during the installation and training the contractor will be responsible for repairing to the original condition
or replacement. The university will have the final say on whether repair or replacement is acceptable.
3. Technical questions regarding this commodity should be directed to Douglas Dunham 715-836-5312. Contact Steve
Slind, 715-836-4643 if you have questions regarding this bid.
Insurance Requirements: The contractor shall maintain insurance levels as required in Standard Terms and
Conditions, Section 23.0. A certificate of insurance must be provided prior to beginning work covered by any
contract that results from this solicitation.
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UW-Eau Claire
November 8, 2010
Bid Specifications
Digital, PC Controlled Low Vacuum
Scanning Electron Microscope
Request for Bid SS-1111
1.1 Design:
The Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) must be a state of the art Windows® computer controlled system
with optional manual override of key operating functions. It must support a variety of analytical attachments including an
Energy Dispersive X-ray System (EDS), a Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray System (WDS) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction
(EBSD) all within the same hemisphere. The SEM shall provide the capability of observing samples over a wide range of
discrete accelerating voltages and be capable of observing uncoated samples by means of a differentially evacuated sample
chamber equipped with an integrated multi-element solid state backscattered electron detector (BEI) and an optionally
available low vacuum secondary electron detector (LVSED). It must be possible to quickly switch the sample chamber from
the differentially evacuated (low vacuum) mode of operation to that of a traditional high vacuum SEM mode where imaging is
possible by either an E/T secondary electron detector (SEI) or the backscatter electron detector (BEI). The Energy Dispersive
X-ray System must be included in the bid.
1.2 Performance: Minimum requirements:
a. The SEM shall be capable of achieving a resolution of at least 3.0nm at 30 kV voltage, 10.0 nm at 3 kV and 15.0 nm at 1
kV in the SEI mode and 4.0nm at 30 kV in the low vacuum SEM mode. This performance must be demonstrated using a
standard tungsten filament. The analytical WD shall be no greater than 10mm and must provide a take-off-angle of at least
35 degrees for EDS/WDS analysis.
b. Magnification range should be variable from 5X to at least 300,000X with a minimum of 135 steps.
c. Accelerating voltage shall be adjustable from 500V to 30kV. At least 55 discreet steps shall be provided. 100V
increments must be provided from 500V to at least 3kV.
1.3 Electron Optics: Minimum requirements. The system must have:
a. The electron gun shall be a cartridge-type wehnelt assembly with auto filament saturation, auto emission current, auto gun
alignment and auto condenser lens alignment. Filaments shall be pre-centered requiring no mechanical alignment in the
wehnelt assembly. Manual override shall be available for these functions.
b. Automatic or manually programmable gun bias adjustment throughout the entire kV range.
c. Electromagnetic beam blanking at operator discretion, with auto beam blanking after image acquisition
d. Condenser Lens (CL) to permit changes in probe current, and/or kV, without the need to change focus, spot position or
e. Externally selectable and adjustable Objective Lens (OL) aperture located in the front focal plane of the OL. At least
three different aperture diameters, plus an open position, should be provided to optimize image resolution and depth of
focus and maintain the optimum spot size as the beam current is varied.
f. Must have a Faraday cup to measure the probe current.
g. Dynamic focus capability, linked to mag and WD, for high sample tilts.
h. Auto and manual control for focus and OL stigmation including automatic focus tracing for changes in Z position of the
sample stage.
i. Stigmator memory for all kV’s with manual reset to manufacturers presets
j. An OL wobbler to facilitate optimum centering of OL aperture. X and Y fine adjustments shall be possible.
k. An objective lens that allows high tilt of large diameter samples at a short WD.
l. Automatic lens degaussing linked to kV change with manual activation at any time.
m. Tilt correction shall be included to correct for image foreshortening.
1.4 Specimen Chamber and Stage: Minimum requirements:
a. A fully mechanically eucentric tilt stage where focus, mag and field of view are maintained at all WD
positions. Computer eucentric rotation and tilt will keep even tall samples in the field view when rotating
off the rotation axis or tilting the stage regardless of the working distance.
b. Five (5) axis (X, Y, Z, T, R) asynchronous motorized and computer controlled stage. Stage motion through keyboard entry
or mouse control or joystick. Stage speed should be proportional to, and linked to, magnification.
c. The stage shall include software travel limits linked to specimen size and also include a touch sensor to terminate stage
d. The stage shall have a minimum of 50 mm of continuous Z travel without limiting X,Y,T or R at the longest WD. Stage
software shall allow user to enter soft limits for stage Z travel for tall specimens.
e. The stage shall allow movement of all axes via: point and shoot, drag and drop, click-center-zoom, as well as navigation
from up to four displayed images. Absolute or relative stage motion shall be possible as well as recall of stored stage
f. Graphical display of sample stage, showing position of beam on sample and relative position of sample to final lens. It
shall be possible to store and recall sample positions and to automatically position the stage to the intersection of cross
hairs set by the operator on the display, or to any point in the X, Y, Z, T, R plane either individually or simultaneously.
g. Accommodation of samples 8" in diameter by 3" high and weighing up to 3kg.
h. A minimum take-off-angle of 35 degrees, for an EDS and WDS detector, with the sample surface perpendicular to the
incident beam at a WD of 10mm or less. Sample tilt must be in the direction of the EDS detector to provide maximum
count rates for irregularly shaped samples.
i. The stage tilt axis shall be perpendicular to the EBSD Port.
j. There must be system to allow for stage navigation via point & click on an acquired (or stored) image of the sample and
1.5 Vacuum System: Minimum requirements:
a. One turbo pump rated for at least 260 liters/sec.
b. At least one rotary pump rated for at least 100 liters/min. Pumping system should be designed to efficiently pump down
system in either high vacuum or low vacuum mode.
c. A foreline trap shall be included if needed to prevent backstreaming of oil.
d. An additional pumping manifold shall be connected to the lower column at the objective aperture position to maintain a
clean vacuum environment for the OL aperture assembly.
e. The differential pumping aperture for the column shall be totally separated from the OL aperture so as to allow fine
adjustment during low vacuum operation.
f. Fully automated sequencing.
g. The minimum vacuum allowable in LV mode shall be limited to no less than 5 Pa to prevent backstreaming from the RP.
h. A turbo-molecular pump must eliminate all cooling water requirements.
1.6 Electron Detectors:
a. A conventional E-T type secondary electron detector shall be provided with user control of both collector and scintillator
b. An integrated multi-element solid state backscattered electron detector shall be mounted on the bottom of the OL pole
piece, without restricting any of the sample movement specified above. The detector should permit separation of signal to
show pure compositional and/or topographical image. The ratio of compositional to topographic signal should be
electronically variable. Detector shall allow variable shadow-contrast to enhance topographical features. Location of the
detector must not hinder high resolution SE imaging or limit EDS, WDS or any other imaging mode performance.
c. A fully integrated low vacuum secondary electron detector must be optionally available.
1.7 Scanning/Display System: Minimum requirements:
A digital scan generator, capable of up to 2560 x 1920 pixel resolution, must be supplied to control all scan functions.
Full frame and reduced area live image is built in.
Dual image display and digital zoom.
360 degree digital scan rotation, linked to WD to eliminate image rotation with changes in Z position and XY travel
corrected for all angles of electronic rotation.
e. At least seven scan speeds.
f. Fine image shift of at least ± 50 m at AWD.
g. Annotation with Windows® fonts and colors.
h. Measurement functions including: point to point, polygon area, circle diameter, angle and count in Windows® fonts &
colors. Scalar function with X, Y, D and circle.
i. 20” color LCD flat panel display at 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution.
j. Digital imaging at 640 x 480, 1280 x 960 or 2560 x 1920 pixel resolution with image integration of up to 255 frames.
k. Data display of: kV, magnification, WD, low vacuum operating pressure, sequential number and other pertinent
information with independent on/off display for each item. It must be possible to enter data from the SEM's system
keyboard on the displayed image; this data must be stored with the image when saved to disk.
l. External scan interface and EDS integration software is built in. This provides direct control of the SEM column scan coils
by a remote digital scan generator such as that furnished with an EDS system for elemental analysis as well as control of
some SEM functions.
m. The GUI shall be a minimum of 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution.
n. Images shall be able to be displayed as full screen display or at full pixel resolution (with a pan function if image size is
larger than GUI display).
o. Shall be able to display multiple live images simultaneously. Includes; dual live image display, moveable (user defined)
split screen and a flexible window live image (variable size and position).
p. Real time mixing of any two signals shall be able to be displayed on screen.
q. The capture of movies (AVI files).
r. The GUI has a user customizable tool bar. Each user can define their workspace by customizing the tool bar to display
their most frequently used functions. This work space is stored for each individual user login.
s. It should be possible to modify brightness, contrast or color enhance SEI or BEI images to emphasize features of interest.
t. When storing images there shall be an auto file numbering function, allowing images to be stored to a specific drive,
directory, subdirectory and file.
r. Ability to save and load operating conditions, stage location, notes and a thumbnail image of a sample. Standard recipe
files are included and custom recipe files can be created.
s. The system shall include a browseable image database allowing: file saving, searching via keywords, thumbnail images,
image filtration, thresholding, montaging, measurement with statistics and report generation.
t. Integrated desktop publishing with templates for printing single or multiple images along with annotation and microscope
operating conditions.
1.8 Computer Interface: Minimum requirements:
a. Computer
1) Menu selection by mouse, keyboard or knobs.
2) Mouse and/or knob set control of: brightness contrast, focus, mag, spot size, astigmatism, image shift and stage
3) Graphical user interface running under Windows® Vista, XP or Windows 7.
4) The computer shall have a minimum 2.8GHz processor, a minimum 250 GB hard drive, 16X read/write CD/DVD
drive and an Ethernet card
5) 20” Wide LCD
b. On-screen operator manipulation of the digital image by
1) Contrast and brightness adjustment.
2) Tone reversal.
3) Gamma control.
4) Pseudo-color display.
5) Frame averaging.
6) Pixel integration.
c. Hard copy output via
1) Digital color inkjet printer - to be supplied with the microscope.
2) Any Windows-compatible printer, network printers.
3) Any type of PC disk drive for images stored as BMP, TIFF or JPEG files.
d. Automatic control of all major functions, including
1) Gun saturation and setting of bias, gun shift and tilt.
2) Optimum brightness and contrast after a condition change or moving the sample.
3) Focus correction.
4) Astigmatism correction.
5) Magnification correction for changes in kV and WD.
6) Focus correction with changes in stage Z position
e. Knob set for manual control, at operator's election, to override automatic settings.
f. The software shall allow for multiple user logins with customized settings for each user as well as providing a general user
g. The software shall contain comprehensive on-screen help covering all aspects of routine SEM operation.
h. Macro programming software shall be optionally available for automating the control of the SEM.
i. Integrated 3D measurement software shall be optionally available.
1.9 Remote Operation
a. The instrument must be remotely operable over the internet.
b. Instrument must be bid with all required hardware and software to operate the instrument at one or
more remote sites.
c. Instrument must have the ability to set parameters locally to limit range of operation at remote site.
2.0 Energy Dispersive X-ray System (Detector, Imaging System, Analyzer and Software)
Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) with 30 mm2 active area and integrated FET
Spectral Imaging Capabilities (complete spectrum at every pixel)
Software Compatible/Upgradable to EBSD
Drift Compensation bid as an option
Installation of Imaging System and Detector on SEM
2.1 Additional Requirements
a. Infrared Chamberscope for specimen viewing shall be optionally available with stand alone 6” LCD
display or as picture in picture (PIP) on the GUI.
b. Single keyboard single mouse operation shall be optionally available with all EDS and or EBSD systems.
2.2 Installation and Training:
a. Supplier shall provide installation, including necessary electrical and water connections to facilities provided at the
installation site, demonstrate the specified performance of the SEM and provide on-location training to thoroughly
familiarize user(s) with proper operation and routine maintenance.
b. Additionally, the supplier shall provide a minimum four-day user's course in operation of the SEM, including supplies, for at
least one operator at manufacturer’s applications center or provide at least two days of on-site training.
2.3 Warranty:
a. Quoted prices shall include a warranty of one full year, to commence once instrument is demonstrated to be fully operable
and meets required specifications. During the warranty period, supplier shall assume responsibility for any and all defects
in materials, workmanship and performance.
b. Contractor's technicians shall make up to two semiannual preventive maintenance inspections of equipment for cleaning
and adjustment of all instrument components as necessary. Unlimited emergency service shall be provided at no additional
c. A regional service office shall be maintained within a suitable distance where competent technicians shall be available for
direct telephone consultation during normal business hours.
d. On-location service should be provided within 24 hours for inoperable equipment, barring uncontrollable delays such as
unavailability of public transportation, extreme weather, etc.
UW-Eau Claire
November 8, 2010
Scanning Electron Microscope
Itemized Bid Form
Request for Bid SS-1111
1 Each
Digital, PC Controlled, Low Vacuum Scanning
Electron Microscope (SEM)
Manufacturer: ___________________________
Model: _________________________________
Installation and Setup
Staff Training, Basic per 2.2a
Additional Training Minimum, four (4) day user’s course in operation
of the SEM; including supplies, for at least one operator at the
Manufacturer’s applications center or at least two (2) days of on-site
Training per 2.2b
Please indicate the type of additional training being offered: __________
Optional Software (not included in the award review):
1 Each
Macro Programming Software
Product: ____________________ Current Version: __________________
1 Each
Integrated 3D Measurement Software
Product: ____________________ Current Version: __________________
1 Each
Drift Compensation
Product: ____________________ Current Version: __________________
Warranty Period for Scanning Electron Microscope: ______________________________________
If there is a Limited Period of Time That Telephone and Internet Support is offered at No Charge, Indicate the Limit for
This Service: ___________Years
Delivery is requested within 90 days of the receipt of a purchase order by the contractor.
Delivery Date: _____________________________ after receipt of purchase order
UW-Eau Claire
November 8, 2010
Bidder Information:
Company Name: ________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________
Phone: __________________________ Fax: ______________________
Authorized Signature: _____________________________________
Print Name
Title: __________________________________________________
Date: __________________________________________________
Customer Service Contact: _________________________________
Phone: _____________________ Fax: _____________________
E-mail Address: _______________________________________
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