Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system

  • US 10,058,963 B2
  • Filed: 08/14/2014
  • Issued: 08/28/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An automated system for replacing a spent end effector component in a surgical end effector with a replacement end effector component, the automated system comprising:

  • an extraction system comprising a rotary extraction member, wherein said rotary extraction member is configured to automatically release the spent end effector component from the surgical end effector when the surgical end effector is moved into extractive engagement with said rotary extraction member as said rotary extraction member is rotated; and

    a loading system comprising a support portion, wherein said support portion is configured to support the replacement end effector component in a loading orientation.

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