Hmmm, I see the issue. Let me get with my design team and decide on a solution. I just looovvvve when we find games that they decided to change mid stream during a game run. I am sure it will happen again.... but we can persevere!
I will say thank you, sincerely to all... who bring these issues to our attention in an intelligent way, without exclaiming from the hilltops about how "wrong" the part is. As we will all continue to see, changes occurred as necessary to keep the games shipping and the line moving.
As Greg Freres responded to the following question during our Expo seminar last year:
Seminar name was "Making Perfect Parts for Imperfect Pinball Machines"
Outside Edge: Greg, would variances between parts from vendors, or design changes occur after games were already built?
Greg: Yes, from time to time.
Outside Edge: Would a received part be accepted that was not exactly as the first parts used?
Greg: Would NOT accepting it stop the production line? ... if Yes, the part was often still used.
Basically.... Design and art changes occurred as needed, with no real concern over machine #696 NOT matching machine #2 off the line.