The pioneering robotics developer’s latest innovations in robot-assisted surgery
Duncan, South Carolina, August 27, 2021 — This year’s NASS (North American Spine Society) Annual Meeting, taking place Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, offers the opportunity to discover groundbreaking advancements in spine care. Stäubli Robotics will represent the technological frontier at Booth 1839, with robotic solutions for making surgical interventions safer and more successful than ever.
Stäubli has a history of developing robots for the life science sector. The world’s first documented robot-assisted surgical procedure, a neurosurgical biopsy, was performed successfully in 1985 using Stäubli’s PUMA 560 Unimation robot. In the 35 years since, the company has continued to refine its technology. Today Stäubli robots are used in more than 10,000 surgical procedures a year and play a role in the development of innovative surgical techniques through partnerships with leading medical device makers.
At NASS 2021, Stäubli will feature its TX2-60L Cleanroom (CR), an ISO 14644-1 Class 2 robot with hand-guided functionality for use in highly delicate procedures such as spinal interventions. Robotics experts will present an interesting use case for a six-axis anthropomorphic robot arm in spinal surgery, demonstrating how the robot assists using a simulated navigation system to ensure accurate placement of surgical tools based on a defined surgical plan. Along with its high precision and reliability, the robot meets all criteria for use under sterile surgical conditions, including a design that facilitates decontamination between interventions.
Seeing the potential to transform the operating theater, Stäubli’s medical robotics experts collaborate daily with medical device makers around the world to develop state-of-the-art robotic solutions for dramatically enhancing device effectiveness. The current line, exemplified by the TX2-60L CR, offers numerous advantages, including:
- Higher accuracy during procedures
- Improved safety through reduction in human error
- Limited risk of contamination due to hygienic design
- Less trauma to the patient and shorter recovery times
- Optimized scheduling, improving hospital productivity and efficiency
Stäubli has the broadest range of robots on the market designed specifically for life science applications. They are a key component in medical devices used in spinal surgeries and other procedures ranging from hip replacements and hair transplants to liver cancer operations, brain interventions and more.
About Stäubli North America
Stäubli North America has more than 200 employees supporting Connectors, Robotics and Textiles customers. The company’s North American headquarters is in Duncan, South Carolina. Stäubli provides customer support through its locations in Duncan, Queretaro, Mexico, and the newest Stäubli North American facility, which opened in 2018 in Novi, Michigan. In addition to 24/7 customer support, each of these facilities offers training and has dedicated on-site technical experts who can be deployed whenever needed. Stäubli’s North American sales force is located strategically on the West and East coasts, and also serves Canada and Puerto Rico.
Worldwide, Stäubli is a leading manufacturer of quick release couplings, robotics systems and textile machinery. With a workforce of more than 5,500 employees, Stäubli is present in 29 countries supported by a comprehensive distribution network in 50 countries worldwide.
About Stäubli Robotics
Stäubli Robotics is a leading player in robotics around the world, consistently delivering engineering as effective and reliable as our service and support. Stäubli offers a complete range of 4-axis and 6-axis robotic systems, collaborative and mobile robotics as well as software to meet the most exacting demands of the market internationally. Stäubli robots combine speed, performance and safety. staubli.com/robotics