UK-Oxford: Printed circuits.

UK-Oxford: Printed circuits.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
UK Research & Innovation
Science & Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxford, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1235446553, Email:
Contact: James Goldsby-West
Main Address:

I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No

I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research and Innovation

Section II: Object Of The Contract

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: UKRI-1308 DUNE APA Printed Circuit Boards
Reference number: UKRI-1308

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
31712300 - Printed circuits.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES

II.1.4) Short description: Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are needed to construct charge readout anode plane assemblies (APAs) for
the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment based at Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Each
of these PCBs are required to operate reliably in (Liquid Argon) LAr over many years (20 years) so Quality
Assurance is a critical element to this project. A key requirement for these PCBs are the mechanical tolerances. As
described below, board thickness must be maintained to ±5%, and machining of features on the board is required to a
high tolerance.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 1,315,511.94


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
Not Provided

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: The requirement is for the fabrication of 45,583 PCBs.
The main specifications are:
a)Thickness of each board must not exceed +/-5% of the total thickness specified in the drawings.
b)Tolerances for Depth milling, Edge milling, Counterbore holes and Countersink holes are critical and should be
adhered to. A critical aspect for the milling is that tongues on the edges of some boards must be controlled to a
tolerance of ±0.1 mm.
c) A summary of the tolerances that must be achieved are as follows:
•Board thickness: +/- 5%
•Tongue dimensions: +/- 0.1mm
•Glue grooves: +/-0.2mm
•Board positioning holes: +/- 0.15mm
•All other board features: +/- 0.4mm
d)The first 75 APA’s worth of boards are to be delivered in batches within a period of 32 months from contract award
with the option for a further 75 APA’s worth of boards at a later stage.

II.2.5) Award criteria:
Quality criterion - Name: Approach and Methodology / Weighting: 20
Quality criterion - Name: Project Plan / Weighting: 15
Quality criterion - Name: Quality Assurance / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion - Name: Quality Control / Weighting: 15
Quality criterion - Name: Capability to Deliver / Weighting: 10

Price - Weighting: 30

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Open

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: No

IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJEU: 2021/S 000-028063

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

Contract No: UKRI-1308
Lot Number: Not Provided
Title: DUNE APA Printed Circuit Boards

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 12/01/2022

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 1 (SME - as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC)
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 1
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 1

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

Contractor (No.1)
Merlin Circuit Technology Ltd, 02738434
Hawarden Industrial Park, Manor Lane, Deeside, CH5 3QZ, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1244525762
The contractor is an SME: Yes

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 1,315,511.94
Total value of the contract/lot: 1,315,511.94
Currency: GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No

Section VI: Complementary information

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VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1235446553
Internet address:

VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Not Provided

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 14/01/2022