Motion Control – Voice Coil Linear Actuator from H2W Tech used in Telerobotic Surgery!

H2W-Motion_Control-Med-VCH2W’s voice coil (NCC04-10-005-1A) was recently utilized as a vibration actuator in a high-frequency acceleration application for telerobotic surgery.

VerroTouch: Tactile Feedback for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery.

Problem: Quoting the article “Though the robotic tools mimic one’s hand motions, surgeons quickly notice they cannot feel what the tools are touching, a striking contrast to non-robotic techniques.”

Observation: The robotic surgical tools experience distinct vibrations when in contact with different surfaces and tools.

Solution: Locate a sensor at the base of the tool to measure the contact with other tools and textures during surgery, and by adding a voice coil actuator that is used to reproduce and amplify those vibrations on the top of the hand controller.

Result: Again quoting from the article., “The VerroTouch system … …enables the surgeon to feel the texture of rough surfaces, the start and end of contact with manipulated objects, and other important tactile events. Surgeons have tested VerroTouch to validate its performance. The feedback feels natural, and quantitative analysis has shown that the accelerations recreated at the handles strongly resemble those measured at the tools.”

More information about the University of Pennsylvania’s VerroTouch device can be found in “Haptics” – A publication of, The Haptics Group is part of the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

To read the complete report including photographs and diagrams go to:

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About H2W Technologies, Inc.

H2W Technologies, Inc. is dedicated to the design and manufacture of linear and rotary motion products that are used in the motion control industry. The complete line of linear electric motors includes: Single and dual axis linear steppers, DC brush and brushless linear motors, voice coil actuators, and AC induction motors. Also offered is a complete line of ball screw, lead screw and belt driven positioning stages.

Other motion control products include: Limited angle torque motors for compact, limited angular excursion rotary servo applications, 3 phase brushless rotary servo motors with matching digital servo amplifiers and permanent magnet linear brakes for fail-safe, zero power braking for baggage handling and people moving applications as well as amusement park rides.

With over 75 years combined experience in the linear and rotary motion field, the H2W Technologies team of engineers offers the optimal solution to the most demanding motion control, requirements.

For additional information contact Mark Wilson at H2W Technologies, 26380 Ferry Ct, Santa Clarita, CA 91350; Tel: 888-702-0540, Fax: 661-251-2067, E-Mail: or visit the website at

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