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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by Phuture1 on 12/09/2018, 08:27 AM »
Here are some pics of the new control panel after a slight re design. I added individual LEDs for each button and powered the ring LEDs from a separate power source, a 9volt battery ( temporary of course). When I add the shot timer I'll grab power from that for the button LEDs.

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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by Phuture1 on 11/09/2018, 03:08 PM »
So I made the replacement control panel mounted all the switches gave it a test run and BAM! epic fail. For whatever reason the Gicar is not liking the lighted switches. Without the LEDs connected... no problem.  With them connected... the thing goes nuts.  Back to the drawing board.  Perhaps separate indicator LEDs.  Tomorrow is another day.  I'll grab a few shots of the new control panel tomorrow as well.

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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by LeroyC on 11/09/2018, 02:07 AM »
There's enough room where the original touchpad is for the new switches so I figured I'd use it. I dont want to alter the machine too much from stock. As far as the Gicar goes I will be able to use it without any modifications or replacement. I did some testing and was able to figure out which pins perform what functions on the ribbon cable connecting the touchpad to the Gicar. Actually very simple.

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Cool! Look forward to seeing it.
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Espresso Machines / Re: Rocket Appartamento upgrade
« Last post by Brett H on 10/09/2018, 08:15 PM »
Very nice!!  I'd be interested in how your use of the pressure gauge improves your outcomes. I used one with a HX machine to tweak the boiler pressure/heat and the steam subsequently wasn't as dry and strong.
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Espresso Machines / Re: Rocket Appartamento upgrade
« Last post by dundas112 on 10/09/2018, 05:35 PM »
So I also got a few goodies to make sure the unit does the right thing.



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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by Phuture1 on 10/09/2018, 01:20 PM »
There's enough room where the original touchpad is for the new switches so I figured I'd use it. I dont want to alter the machine too much from stock. As far as the Gicar goes I will be able to use it without any modifications or replacement. I did some testing and was able to figure out which pins perform what functions on the ribbon cable connecting the touchpad to the Gicar. Actually very simple.

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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by LeroyC on 10/09/2018, 12:37 PM »
Great looking machine. I had a Brugnetti Simona for a while and it was a pleasure to own. I’ll be interested to see how you replace the touch pad. Are you planning on replacing the whole front panel or have you worked out a way to get the new buttons into the space where the current control pad is? And will you need a new Gicar unit or will the existing one work?
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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by Phuture1 on 10/09/2018, 11:32 AM »
If I'm understanding you correctly,  yes. Once you press a brew button it will start counting and stop when the shot stops pulling.  The only thing I haven't figured out yet is if I'm going to put a separate button to reset the timer or have it reset once the shot is done.

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Yep... Pretty much! Surely the latter option for ease of operation. 
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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by Brett H on 10/09/2018, 11:24 AM »
WOW... very exciting upgrades.  Those push-buttons look amazing. Is the shot timer able to relay to the volumetric controls?
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Projects & Rebuilds / Re: Bringing the Brugnetti Model C up to date.
« Last post by Phuture1 on 10/09/2018, 11:03 AM »
These are the switches I ordered

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