Robotic actuator assembly

  • US 9,987,003 B2
  • Filed: 07/19/2017
  • Issued: 06/05/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/04/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A robotic actuator assembly configured to selectively perform at least two actions in response to control motions applied by a drive assembly within a robotic system, wherein the robotic system comprises a control unit, and wherein said robotic actuator assembly comprises:

  • a mounting portion;

    an end effector;

    an elongate shaft assembly, comprising;

    a proximal end portion operably supported by said mounting portion; and

    a distal end portion operably interfacing with said end effector to apply said control motions to said end effector; and

    a transmission operably supported by said mounting portion, wherein said transmission is configured to operably interface with a rotatable drive element of said drive assembly to receive a rotary output motion from said drive assembly when said mounting portion is attached to said drive assembly, wherein said transmission is configured to communicate with the control unit of the robotic system and is movable between a first position and a second position, wherein said rotary output motion causes a first control motion of said control motions to be applied to said end effector through said elongate shaft assembly when said transmission is in said first position, and wherein said rotary output motion causes a second control motion of said control motions to be applied to said end effector through said elongate shaft assembly when said transmission is in said second position.

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