Finesse Solutions Introduces SmartParts

April 2, 2013

The family of intelligent transmitters and actuators are the building blocks for the company's next-generation bioreactor controller systems, supporting life sciences process applications.

SANTA CLARA, CA /PRNewswire/ -- Finesse Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of measurement and control solutions for life sciences process applications, announced the launch of its new SmartParts family of intelligent transmitters and actuators. SmartParts are the building blocks for Finesse's next generation of bioreactor controller systems that are intelligent and universal. In this context, intelligent and universal indicate that they have plug-and-play capability and can control any size or type of upstream vessel. This reduces complexity and increases efficiency and flexibility for the end user.

Designed for R&D scale-up and current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), SmartParts have built-in diagnostics, programmable functionality (or "personalities"), and local control optimized for the function of each component. SmartParts include the TruSens (transmitter for electrochemical pH/dissolved oxygen and temperature sensors), TruFluor pH/DO blades (transmitters for single-use optical pH/dissolved oxygen sensors), TruTorr Tx (transmitter for single-use pressure sensors), SmartScale Tx(transmitter for load cells and scales), SmartPumps (digitally controlled pumps in three different sizes), SmartMFC's (digital mass flow controllers), and the SmartMotor (actuator for bioreactor agitators and rockers). When the components are plugged into a Finesse control system, they are automatically recognized with many of the settings configured automatically. The local control of the actuator generally implies more accurate control with far less loading of the control system. This concept is loosely built on the principle of distributed intelligence and allows for a highly scalable and automated control scheme.

According to Dr. Mark Selker, VP of R&D and co-founder of Finesse, "The SmartPart component concept arose from the observation of recent PC and Apple operating systems, where common peripherals such as printers and iPods can be plugged in and used immediately. The SMART components from Finesse are designed to follow this philosophy and thereby reduce the time and burden on bioprocess professionals when attempting to add simple and obvious capability to their system. As we have stated many times in the past, bioprocess engineers should not have to be experts in software and electronics to accomplish their goals. We fully expect that our G3 bioreactor controllers using SmartParts will not only achieve better and more repeatable product yield, but will also enhance the end user experience."

About Finesse Solutions
California-based Finesse Solutions Inc. has established a proven record in providing turn-key, scalable solutions for single-use upstream bio-processing. The Finesse product platform includes an extensive portfolio of novel disposable sensors, modular configure-to-order automation hardware, and intelligent software that can harmonize global bio-process information and technology transfer. Finesse also offers a complete set of services, including startup, commissioning, and validation for rapid and reliable deployment of single-use equipment into cGMP manufacturing applications.

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