Surgical Robot Heads for Space and Supplier News

We’re also checking out low-voltage servo systems, capacitive level sensors, and surface-mount devices.

Rob Spiegel

April 5, 2024

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At a Glance

  • Sending robot surgeons to space.
  • Taking a look at surface-mount devices
  • Here are some cordless handheld barcode scanner systems

Other products in our view include a cordless handheld barcode scanner, servo drives and technical cleanliness.

The Space-Based Robot Surgeon

Taking a look inside robot surgery in space, the maxon components involved had to meet a number of demanding specifications due to the high speeds and torques required. Through their partnership with maxon, Virtual Incision was able to increase the efficiency of their system and maximize the deliverable output power for each joint. In addition to maxon’s complete line of motors and accessories, the company was able to create precision subassemblies specifically for MIRA. maxon’s team of engineers were helpful from conception and design to manufacturing of spaceMIRA’s subsystem. Virtual Incision developed all of the accompanying hardware, firmware, and software in-house to optimize miniaturization and device performance characteristics.

RAS systems offer multiple benefits to patients, including fewer site infections, less pain, less blood loss, smaller scars, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recoveries. The test procedure on the ISS supports the feasibility of long-distance surgeries. MIRA is easy to clean and sterilize between uses and does not need to be draped like larger main frame, boom-and-pedestal based units. Ultimately, MIRA is the smallest soft tissue robotic assisted surgery system on the market. It offers significant strength for its size and high output force and it is designed to enable quick setup in any operating room, whether in a large hospital, outpatient facility, or small rural surgical center.

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About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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