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

  • US 10,071,452 B2
  • Filed: 05/30/2014
  • Issued: 09/11/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/27/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An automated reloading system for replacing a spent surgical end effector in a manipulatable robotic tool portion of a robotic surgical system, said automated reloading system comprising:

  • a drive assembly configured to generate rotary drive motions;

    a selectively movable support assembly defining a plurality of end effector reloading positions, each said reloading position being configured to support a new surgical end effector or a spent surgical end effector therein within a work envelope of the manipulatable robotic tool portion, said selectively movable support assembly being further configured to selectively serially move each reloading position into a driving position wherein the new surgical end effector or the spent surgical end effector therein is configured to selectively receive said rotary drive motions from said drive assembly; and

    means for releasably locking said movable support assembly in said driving position during the application of said driving motion to said new surgical end effector or said spent surgical end effector.

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