Surgical instrument comprising a rotatable shaft

  • US 10,201,364 B2
  • Filed: 03/26/2014
  • Issued: 02/12/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/26/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An electrical coupler, comprising:

  • a slip ring assembly comprising a plurality of non-electrically-conductive rings and at least one continuous electrically-conductive annular path wherein each continuous electrically-conductive annular path corresponds to an annular electrically-conductive ring laminated between two non-electrically-conductive rings;

    a transverse mounting member in operable engagement with the slip ring assembly and including a transverse circuit trace thereon corresponding to each continuous electrically-conductive annular path; and

    an electrical component including a contact corresponding to each of the continuous electrically-conductive annular paths and wherein one of the slip ring assembly and the electrical component is rotatable about an axis such that each said contact is in electrical contact with the continuous electrically-conductive annular path corresponding thereto during rotation of one of the slip ring assembly and the electrical component about the axis.

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