NCMS is assisting the U.S. Navy in seeking a partner with capabilities to automate gas-free and confined-space inspection in support of sustainment.
Confined spaces can pose hazards to workers required to perform maintenance and sustainment tasks in these areas. With limited or restricted means for entry and exit, there are many potentially serious hazards, including insufficient oxygen supply, flammable or explosive materials, toxic gases, and electrical or mechanical hazards. Many of these atmospheric hazards are not visible nor detectable by odor, which may lead to someone entering a confined space without awareness of potential dangers. Ensuring and maintaining safe working conditions in confined spaces is resource-intensive, which results in higher costs and reduced productivity of work performed as compared to similar work outside of confined spaces.
Development of a certifiable autonomous system with the capabilities to:
- Provide real-time sensing and assessment of maintenance workers and conditions of their surrounding environments (including temperature monitoring)
- Measure potentially hazardous gases in the atmosphere, including: O2, CO, CO2, H2S; and gas-free conditions
- Reduce required time, costs, and manpower significantly
- Have configuration that is portable and/or wearable
- Have proven track record of effective monitoring
- Allow user-friendly diagnostics check
- Provide visual and audible alarm setpoints
- Have a minimum of 48-hour recharge cycle
- Enable survivability in harsh environments
- Water-resistant (to 100 feet)
- Shock resistant
- Temperature resistant (up to 200 F)
- Store up to an hour of readings with a visual quick display of results
- Provide accurate readings that are calibrated to industry standards MSA
- Meet Naval Maritime Confined Space Program requirements (View Technical Manual)
- (Optional but ideal) – Establish a communication link to enable remote monitoring and communication among workers in confined spaces
A successful technology solution needs to evaluate the breathability of surrounding air to ensure adequate conditions to sustain life. This solution will be available for use across all U.S. Navy assets, repair centers, and base of operations.
White paper responses to this Sources Sought need to provide the following:
- Background of capability development and maturity
- Expected time to market
- Test results to date
- Demonstrated efficacy and current examples of use—if any
- Cost summary form
Interested parties should submit their white paper before COB October 29, 2021. All questions or concerns can be addressed to email@example.com.
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