Considerations for Selecting the Right Motors for Surgical Power Tools
November 28, 2023 3:00 p.m.
Nicole Ashton, Director of Marketing Communications at Portescap, discusses the considerations needed to select the right motors for surgical power tools.
The latest generation of surgical power tools has revolutionized medical procedures, allowing for greater precision and efficiency in operating rooms around the world. As these tools continue to advance, it is crucial for designers to carefully consider the motion systems that power them. The performance of the motor, gearbox, and controls directly impacts not only the surgical outcome but also broader aspects such as ease of use and tool longevity. To develop cutting-edge surgical power tools, it is essential to stay abreast of the latest trends in motion system design.
According to a sourcemotorized power tools have significantly improved patient outcomes by optimizing procedure accuracy and speed. These advancements have also enhanced ease of use for surgeons and reduced wait times for patients.
Minimally invasive surgery has become increasingly popular due to its shorter recovery time, less scarring, and reduced blood loss. The power tools used in these procedures must be highly precise and maneuverable in compact spaces. Brushless DC (BLDC) motors are favored for their precision and high-speed motion capabilities, making them ideal for minimally invasive surgical applications.
When it comes to robot-assisted surgery, compact and lightweight motion systems are essential to ensure efficient operation. These systems must provide precise control over robotic arms and instruments while passing through small incisions. BLDC technology is often specified due to its ability to deliver sub-millimeter accuracy.
Durability is a critical factor in selecting motion solutions for surgical tools. The demanding nature of the surgical environment necessitates materials that can withstand corrosion and wear over time.
Project planning is another important consideration when designing surgical tools with advanced motion systems. Specialization in design integration is required to achieve compact solutions with high torque-to-weight ratios. Collaboration between OEM design teams and motion designers early in the project timeline can optimize tool performance while streamlining development processes.
When all is said and done, selecting the right motors for surgical power tools involves careful consideration of various factors such as precision, maneuverability, durability, and project planning requirements. By staying informed about emerging trends in motion system design, designers can develop innovative tools that enhance patient outcomes while improving All-encompassing efficiency in medical procedures.
By Nicole Ashton
November 28, 2023 3:00 p.m.