Industrial robots are used extensively for polishing and finishing orthopedic implants, where robots are minimizing the risks of for factory workers, and robots also are widely used in automating operations in medical-device manufacturing, as well as in pharmaceutical, R&D laboratories, and hospital settings.
Automation in medical field
A mind-controlled wheelchair functions using a brain–computer interface: an electroencephalogram (EEG) worn on the user’s forehead detects neural impulses that reach the scalp allowing the micro-controller on board to detect the user’s thought process, interpret it, and control the wheelchair’s movement.
Use of Actuators in medical field
Actuators are seeing more medical use every day, often replacing older pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Their applications are varied and can range from the tiny to the large. There are four main reasons that actuator usage is on the rise in the medical field:
- They are small-sized as compared to hydraulic devices which possess similar strength
- They are sound-proof as compared to hiss and gurgle that is found in pneumatic/hydraulic devices.
- They are more precise than pneumatic because they can be controlled at any position by controller.
- They usually have a very low maintenance cost as compared to pneumatic/hydraulic machines.
Motorized Wheelchairs and other Power Assisted Seating
Actuators are being used in increasing quantities for motorized wheelchairs and electric mobility devices, taking the place of traditional pistons and gears. Smaller linear motors are used for reasons of space efficiency and low power requirements. They can be used to power these features:
Autonomous mobile robots are making headway in pharmaceutical, testing labs, and in hospitals. Improvements in mobile robot navigation software and in the cost equation, have led the healthcare field to be more open to adopting mobile robotic systems.