A new computerized control unit for small bone surgical instruments

Jeffrey G. Neal, Mary J. Cox, David B. Drake, Martin A. Hoard, John G. Thacker, Fredrick H. Watkins, Richard F. Edlich

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The SmartDrive console represents an important advance in small bone surgery because it monitors and coordinates the operation of its handpieces. The SmartDrive console has the following unique features: 1) a handpiece recognition system; 2) an instrument speed display; 3) a handpiece display and monitoring system; 4) a torque instrument control system; 5) a temperature monitoring system; 6) and an irrigation system. Mechanical performance studies have been undertaken that have validated the accuracy of the monitoring systems of the consoles. The consoles provided reliable recordings of the rotational speeds of their hi-speed drills. The MicroAire console automatically shuts off its power as the temperature increased to 110 °F (43 °C). In contrast, the Stryker Command 2 console has a limited monitoring system that can not alter the operation of the handpieces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Progress through Technology
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology


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