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Flipper Parts Lifespan

By dpadam450

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    Curious if anyone has a reasonable estimate for coil sleeve, stop, and plunger rod lifetime. Maybe a service log for games out in the wild. I've designed some custom flipper parts that I am putting through stress testing by programmatically slamming the flippers all day long (a million hits takes 3 days continuous). I just don't have any data on part failure based on number of plays, hours, etc. and was curious if anyone had a reasonable guess. I don't have any games that get abused this long-term with tracked servicing data to compare against.

    #2 3 months ago

    Record yourself playing a few games & count how many flipper activations you see on ea mech. Once you have a good sample size you can start to estimate flips per game.

    There’s some ops on here who may be able to give you an approximate games/year figure for location use. They might even be able to tell you how long they expect parts to last.

    #3 3 months ago

    Yea that's where I'm at right now. Estimate 200 hits per flipper per game. Right now my program is banging away 200 hits/min (1 game per min simulated). Just letting it run and have a big fan flowing on the coil to cool it.

    #4 3 months ago

    Had flipper bind up cause there wasn’t enough space to the bushing. Nothing broken. Here’s the flip count.

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    #5 3 months ago

    I throw some spitballs i’ve used based on high volume shows etc

    After about 1000 plays i expect flipper degradation. Usually in linkage and stops.

    Bushings seem to be good for years unless they outright break. I would still find myself replacing them within 2-3k plays probably at home. I have route games with more plays and oem bushings with no need to replace yet. This is probably way more game-specific.

    Just thinking back to unscheduled replacements of late… i’d still probably pin it at about 1-2k plays when a sticky flipper complaint may come along which involved a coil stop/plunger.

    Linkages are harder to say as they typically get swapped early with a plunger swap out.

    Sorry to that precise… just some anecdotes from our general behavior. As much as i keep trying to keep game logs… it never continues

    #6 3 months ago

    In a freeplay arcade since day one release. 12,000 plays.

    Replaced the original coil stops in the first 2 weeks. Plays great. Needs a thorough cleaning.

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    #7 3 months ago

    I replaced my flipper mechanics on my hobbit at roughly 1 million flips. And like new now

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