|Agency:||Department of the Army|
|Type of Government:||Federal|
|Posted:||Jan 10, 2019|
|Due:||Feb 11, 2019|
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DESCRIPTION OF INTENT: THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY. This RFI is issued solely for
information and planning purposes. No contract will be awarded from this announcement. This is not a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an announcement of a forthcoming solicitation, nor is it a request seeking contractors to be placed on a solicitation mailing list. Response to this RFI is voluntary and no reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to it and any follow-on information requests. Data submitted in response to this RFI will not be returned. No solicitation document exists at this time, and calls requesting a solicitation will not be answered. It is the responsibility of Industry, when providing any comments/responses, to properly mark such information that is considered proprietary or is otherwise restricted.
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Responses to this request for information should be sent via e-mail to Matthew Kainz at email@example.com. You are requested to put ""GCVWC - Aluminum (12472301)" " in the subject line of the e-mail and attachments shall be in MS Word or PDF format. Any request for clarifications shall also be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Request for access to the " GCVWC - Aluminum (12472301) " attachment, that may assist in answering the RFI questions shall be submitted to email@example.com. INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESPONDING TO THIS REQUEST:
Responses to the RFI are due on 11 February 2019. Responses received after this, whether received by email or by mail, may not be considered. Please note that all questions and answers will be posted anonymously to this website. The cut-off date for questions is 24 January 2019. Questions that are received by this office after the deadline will be considered late and may not be answered.
Any information that cannot be sent via email can be sent on two (2) identical compact disks (CDs) or Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) in MS Word or PDF format to the following address:
U.S. Army Contracting Command - Warren ATTN: Matthew Kainz
TACOM/mail Stop 509
6501 E 11 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48397
INFORMATION REQUESTED FROM INDUSTRY:
•d. CAGE (commercial and government entity) Code (if any):
f. Business size and eligibility under USG social-economic programs and preference:
Personnel Responding to RFI
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The purpose of this RFI is to gather information that would aid the Program Manager - Armored Fighting Vehicle (PM AFV) in the evaluation of the TACOM Ground Combat Vehicle Welding Code (GCVWC) against alternative weld processes for welding thick aluminum plates. The prime task is to compare and highlight differences between the GCVWC - Aluminum (12472301) and alternative weld codes or specifications utilized by other Department of Defense Agencies as well as commercial industry standards. Determine whether or not the differences make the GCVWC too difficult to meet. Response shall be in white paper format.
Program Executive Office Ground Combat System (PEO GCS) manages ground combat vehicles throughout their lifecycle to include production of these assets. Recently, PEO GCS has awarded contracts to procure several new build vehicles which require large and complicated weldments.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING SURVEY:
1. Please respond to every question.
2. Number each response with the appropriate question number.
You do not have to repeat the question in your
4. If you cannot answer the question, please indicate "No Response."
5. If a response will satisfy another question, state: "See response to question XX."
6. Spell out any acronyms in their first instance.
7. If proprietary information is provided, please provide a release statement indicating that the proprietary information may be distributed to Army personnel involved with this Market Survey.
QUESTIONAIRE: Please provide a white paper regarding the TACOM GCVWC including the following responses:
The Attachment titled, " GCVWC - Aluminum (12472301) " contains additional requirements information that may assist in answering the following questions but will only be provided upon request to U.S. DoD Contractors, after evaluation and determination that requestor is allowed access. Access to the attachment is not guaranteed to contractors that do not fall into either of these categories but request may be submitted for evaluation to the persons identified under, "Instructions For Responding to this Request".
1. Describe your experience with combat vehicles:
2. Provide your experience with thick plate aluminum welding for combat vehicles.
a. Have you executed thick plate aluminum welds per the "Ground Combat Vehicle Weld Code - Aluminum (12472301)" in a production environment?
i. If yes, provide examples.
3. Describe your experience with commercial and other Military welding codes/specs.
4. Describe the certification/accreditation of staff in regards to welding. (i.e. AWS, CWB, API, ASNT, etc)
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