Knifemaker – Request for Quotation

Knifemaker – Request for Quotation

The equipment must be appropriate for bio-science applications in the field of electron microscopy.

RFQ Knifemaker

Contract summary



  • Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses) – 38000000
  • Laboratory services – 71900000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

5 March 2021

Closing date

12 March 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

19 March 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2021

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?





The equipment must be appropriate for bio-science applications in the field of electron microscopy. Features should include:
– Easy and safe handling of the square as well as the finished knives.
– Mechanical construction to achieve a balanced break.
– Vibrations free casting.
– Should be delivered ready to score and break the glass for every operation without any adjustment of micrometre drivers prior to each break.
– Equipment should intrinsically allow for symmetrical breaking; this should be very precise with no backlash.
– Breaking head should be via a clamping lever with defined clamping position.
– Simplicity of score action of glass if possible, with and auto reset for the next score.
– Breaking head which applies symmetrical force to both side of the glass.
– Breaking wheel with scale.
– High precision glass strip support.
– Facility to rotate the glass square precisely to help ensure high quality knives.
– Easy access of scoring pressure adjustment.
– Fast learning curve – very easy to learn and use.
– Any system to avoid accidental misalignment is preferred.



More information


Additional text
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How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer



Pakefield Road
NR33 0HT