09307986 is referenced by 98 patents and cites 4216 patents.

A surgical instrument includes a drive member movable by a drive motor between a home position and an end of stroke. A mechanical stop is disposed at or near the end of stroke and is structured to increase resistance to movement of the drive member from a first position to a second position. A control system detects a current spike associated with the increased resistance and interrupts power to the drive motor.

Title
Surgical instrument soft stop
Application Number
13/782536
Publication Number
9307986 (B2)
Application Date
March 1, 2013
Publication Date
April 12, 2016
Inventor
Richard L Leimbach
Cincinnati
OH, US
Daniel L Baber
Liberty Township
OH, US
Steven G Hall
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
PR, US
IPC
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/115
A61B 17/072
A61B 19/00
A61B 17/068
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