Synthetic Knitted Fabrics for Physical Training Uniform T-Shirts

Agency: Department of the Navy
State: Massachusetts
Level of Government: Federal
Category:
  • 83 - Textiles, Leather, Furs, Apparel and SHoes, Tents, Flags
Opps ID: NBD00159110444416895
Posted Date: Oct 3, 2017
Due Date: Nov 3, 2017
Solicitation No: 1700004
Source: Members Only
Solicitation Number :
1700004
Notice Type :
Sources Sought
Synopsis :
Added: Oct 03, 2017 4:00 pm
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: THE NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY SEEKS SYNTHETIC KNITTED FABRICS WITH MOISTURE MANAGEMENT AND ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES FOR USE IN PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORM T-SHIRTS

Background:
The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) is conducting a market survey to determine the availability of synthetic knitted fabrics with moisture management and antimicrobial properties for use in Physical Training Uniform T-Shirt. After review and initial physical test evaluation of industry submissions, the most promising fabrics may be down selected and subjected to additional physical property testing. Successful candidate fabrics could be used in future uniform procurements.



Description:
NCTRF seeks to identify synthetic knitted fabrics with moisture management and antimicrobial properties that are cost effective for use in physical training uniform t-shirts. Fabrics and their finishes must be commercialized and readily available. Examples of acceptable constructions include: plain jersey, plated, or double knits; however, any knitted construction suitable for use in a t-shirt is acceptable. Weight of fabric shall range between 3.5 oz./yd2 to 6.5 oz./yd2 (120 g/m2 to 185 g/m2). The material should be capable of meeting or exceeding the characteristics outlined in TABLE I (please see attachment).


Optional Characteristics may include the following:
? Fiber blend for stretch
o i.e. 0 - 10% elastane/spandex
? Recycled, recovered or environmentally preferable materials
? Melange or Marl versions (e.g. athletic grey, dark grey heather)
o For all heather options, the solid version shall also be submitted, commercialized and readily available.



Candidates:
To respond to this RFI, interested candidates are REQUIRED to submit the following for their submission to enable the Government to efficiently evaluate the viability and benefit of the proposed material(s).


1. A material description, to include product description, identification of fiber blend (including fiber percentages), performance characteristics, production lead time, fiber production location, yarn production location, knitting location, finishing location, and illustrations/photographs with corresponding descriptive information that best describes the material. Complete disclosure of chemical treatment(s) if using topical finish, applicable Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and documentation for Berry Amendment, 10 USC 2533a (compliance is required).

2. Antimicrobial properties may be achieved through an odor resistant finish or inherent fibers. A description of the antimicrobial technology must be provided, along with test results (initial and after 25 launderings).


3. At a minimum, the physical property test data outlined in TABLE I must be provided. Any additional physical property test data may be submitted but is not required.


4. An estimated unit cost per linear yard (specify width of material), which may be broken down by quantity reflecting economies of scale.


5. A minimum of 5 yards in any color or print available and written assurance that the material can be produced in a solid color, Navy Blue 3389.


6. Information which certifies that the finished product is composed of materials which have been safely used commercially or provide sufficient toxicity data to show compatibility with prolonged, direct skin contact. The finished cloth shall not present a dermal health hazard when used as intended.


Initial fabric samples and required documentation submitted by interested candidates are due by COB 03 November 2017 at NCTRF. Information will be handled as proprietary and samples will not be returned.


Contact:
Please submit responses to this notice to Kim Olen, Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, Building 86, General Greene Avenue, Natick, MA 01760-5019. This notice is for market survey only. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION OR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS. No solicitation document exists. POC for this request is Kim Olen, 508-233-1324, kim.m.olen.civ@mail.mil.


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TABLE I
Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
TABLE I
Posted Date:
October 3, 2017
Description: TABLE I - Material Requirements
Contracting Office Address :
3280 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
Place of Performance :
NCTRF
General Greene Ave
Natick, MA 01760-5019
Natick, Massachusetts 01760
United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Kim Olen,
Clothing Designer
Phone: 508-233-1324

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