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84 -- Hard Armor Ballistic Plate Boron Carbon Recovery and Reclamation

Notice Date
Notice Type
Special Notice
333999 — All Other Miscellaneous General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Contracting Office
Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, ACC - APG (W91CRB ) Division D, 6515 Integrity Court, Building 4310, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 21005-3013, United States
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Marianne Velez, Phone: 4102783998
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Small Business Set-Aside
Soldier Protection Hard Armor Ballistic Plate Boron Carbon Recovery and Reclamation – Request for Information This Request for Information (RFI) is for market research purposes only. All questions relating to this notice shall be sent via email to Duane Cook duane.e.cook2.civ@mail.mil and Robert Welsh robert.h.welsh8.ctr@mail.mil. Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment (PM SPE) of the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060, is seeking information from potential industry partners to support the Army’s effort to recover boron carbon (B4C) from the hard armor ballistic plates used throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). Background: Currently the DoD sends defective and unserviceable hard armor ballistic plates to the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services for demilitarization (DEMIL) and thus renders those plates to an unusable state. Recovery of raw materials from these DEMIL plates could reduce the amount of boron carbon mined and refined. If this RFI produces a viable reclamation methodology and sustainable process it may lead to follow-on efforts at the discretion of the US Government. The goal is to recover B4C, at a suitable purity level, to potentially reintroduce into manufacturing, repurposing, or placing into strategic stockpiles. The purpose of this RFI is to gather information specific to recovering B4C from hard armor ballistic plates by providing the following: - A feasibility study - A detailed explanation of a process to accomplish this goal - A cost benefit analysis and usefulness of such a program - A complete supply chain analysis and steps involved in the process along with the associated manufacturing partnerships necessary for its success - A cost trade off analysis of disposal (waste) vice reclamation or recycling - All manufacturing shortfalls associated with meeting this goal and means to meet the shortfalls Submission Information: All interested parties shall respond to the RFI by submitting the below information by 29 November 2019 via email ONLY to Duane Cook duane.e.cook2.civ@mail.mil and Robert Welsh robert.h.welsh8.ctr@mail.mil. Submissions shall be limited to 10 pages less graphics. - Technical supporting information such as white paper, test reports, or past research and development efforts investigating the methodology or prior practices describing the process to recover B4C from unserviceable/unusable personal protective hard armor ballistic plates - Expected purity levels of recovered B4C for the methods proposed - Willingness and or partnerships to provide items containing B4C for reclamation and or recycling to a third party vendor for processing - Detailed description of any past performance related to the reclaiming of boron carbon for personal protective hard armor plates, or other related US Government Boron Carbon uses - Rough order of magnitude (ROM) at unit price for the recycling of a hard armor plates (reasonable, scaled, and total volume) - Business name, address, business size, and point of contact information (name, email and phone number and CAGE code if needed) - Business name, address, and business size of all subcontractors or partners and all related CAGE codes if needed Proprietary information should be clearly marked and will not be disclosed outside the U.S. Government. The Government does not guarantee that this RFI will result in a Request for Proposal (RFP) or contract award, and will not provide reimbursement for any costs incurred by respondents to the RFI.
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