I completed my seasoning roasts earlier today and after the machine cooled all the way down, got to work on cleaning the IR sensor per the docs. I used this guide: Cleaning the Bullet IR window - Google Docs
After removing the panel, what I saw, did not match the guide, as I had no glass window where the IR sensor was. "uh oh, did it fall out, did I ‘roast it’ and should I sift through 5+ pounds of beans now to see if its in there? how am i going to get this fixed… " (etc etc)
I emailed Aillio and Sweet Maria’s, and SM got back to me right away saying that this batch of machines does not have a glass window. (!!) The IR sensor now self-cleans with jets of air in the new design.
I realize that since I’m quite new to the R1 scene, that I may be the only one who didn’t know this… but in case there’s someone else out there with the new machine who’s about to clean their IR sensor; this might save someone a near heart attack.
(Sweet Maria’s said they’d be updating all the documentation shortly, so this is just a temporary issue.)