He then turned to energy rules for new cold beverage machines. He noted that a new set of Department of Energy (DOE) rules will soon apply to new refrigerated beverage machines. (Automatic Merchandiser has reported that manufacturers of beverage vending machines must bring their designs into compliance by Aug. 31, 2012 to continue to distribute them.)
Lodge noted that the DOE rules, unlike the Energy Star rules, are mandatory and not voluntary.
Lodge then returned to a topic addressed earlier in the government affairs symposium; vending machine reach requirements under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Lodge, echoing the previous speaker, attorney Carolyn Doppelt Gray, said the new side reach rules (approved in 2010 and effective March 15, 2012) must be followed when a vending machine is replaced, moved or structurally altered. “The minute you alter something (in the machine), it has to follow 2010,” Lodge said.
Lodge said repairing a machine would not be considered an alteration.