Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status

  • US 9,730,697 B2
  • Filed: 04/23/2015
  • Issued: 08/15/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/13/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A fastener cartridge, comprising:

  • a cartridge body comprising a plurality of fasteners;

    a longitudinal knife slot defined in said cartridge body; and

    a circuit comprising a plurality of frangible resistors extending across said longitudinal knife slot, wherein said plurality of frangible resistors comprises;

    a first resistor; and

    a second resistor, wherein said circuit comprises a first resistance when said first resistor and said second resistor are intact, wherein said circuit comprises a second resistance when said first resistor is split and said second resistor is intact, and wherein said second resistance is different than said first resistance.

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