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A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an end effector that comprises a staple channel and an anvil that is movably translatable relative to the staple channel. A tool mounting portion is configured to interface with a robotic system and operably communicate with the end effector. The instrument further includes a first sensor that has an output that represents a first condition of a portion of the robotic system. A second sensor has an output that represents a position of the anvil. A third sensor has an output that represents a position of a reciprocating knife within the end effector. An externally accessible memory device communicates with the first, second and third sensors.

Title
Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system
Application Number
13/369561
Publication Number
8844789 (B2)
Application Date
February 9, 2012
Publication Date
September 30, 2014
Inventor
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/00
A61B 19/00
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