I’ve been lazy about updating this thread with vending machine stuff, so I thought it time to post this Tuesday’s activities related to the drinks machine. First up, more stock - 330 cans, a full shopping trolley’s worth!
Secondly, due to an inability to find a supply at what I consider a worthwhile price, Coke Zero will soon be swapped with Coke Life! Coke Zero will return if/when I can get it at a good price. It doesn’t have a long shelf life so it’s always hard to keep us supplied with Zero.
Next up, I’m working on fixing some of the thermal problems with the machines. In fact, there’s a few small changes to them already! The most visible one is probably is the addition of a single layer of insulation to the door flaps which you can see in the above photo, because these were uninsulated, poorly sealing, and we were leaking a disturbing amount of cold through there. Expect a build log with pretty pictures soon!
Finally, you might have noticed the Cold Drinks machine was playing up and not accepting coins this past week. This was because someone jammed the coin return lever so hard they broke the mechanism in the acceptor. I’ve glued the plastic back together, cleaned everything, serviced it and recalibrated it against fresh coins. Everything seems to work again! But please be gentle with the coin return lever - if it breaks again I’m not sure I’ll be able to fix it. And because replacing that part will cost us hundreds of dollars I’m not sure it’d be worth it and I’d be tempted to just disable that lever completely. This plus acquiring/loading stock took me ~6 hours on Tuesday, so please also respect that these machines don’t just magically continue working on their own, they require constant upkeep.
(also a note to anyone who opens the cold drinks machine and accesses the coin counting area - please be extra-careful to put the coin return lever back in the correct position before you close this panel and the machine!)