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New Developments in Micro-Miniature Torque Sensors for Robotic Surgery


Joon Park (Project Manger, Futek)

Location: 210A

Date: Tuesday, February 6

Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Pass Type: Conference (Paid) - Get your pass now!

Conference Track: MD&M: New Technologies & Next-Gen Design

Vault Recording: TBD

The advent of micro-miniature torque sensors, both reaction and rotary types, has dramatically advanced the precision and accuracy of robot-assisted surgery, resulting in better patient outcomes. New advances in the miniaturization of light/low-weight yet robust in-line torque sensors have made possible the direct reading of forces and torque values applied at the end of the automated surgical tool. This gives the surgeon more precise control of the surgery. In this session, attendees will gain an understanding and appreciation for the new sensor technologies available to support a wide variety of torque and force ranges, some with built-in overload/over torque capabilities or autoclavable and TEDS (auto-recognition, -scaling, and -calibration) to support the design and manufacture of robot-assisted surgical equipment and applications.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Torque sensors types (reaction torque and rotary torque)
  • How new torque sensors are improving surgical robots
  • Why traditional motor current feedback still has a place in robotic surgery system architecture as a backup verification and system health check to enhance operational reliability