The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

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BFFs Engineer : Don't know why this was in my recommended but it is a well made video. Enjoyed watching it

DougtheDonkey : This is capitalism the way that it’s supposed to work. It helps the producers, consumers, AND environment.

Micah Philson : Ever since finding this channel, I've had to come back and rewatch this video several times, maybe twice a year! It's just so full of incredible ingenuity and clever design, you learn so much about an item you consider to be totally simple and common!

WuzNab : I would like to drink out of a sphere.

Matt : you know it's a well made/narrated video when you watch an 11 minute video on how cans are made when you're not an engineer..

ussi : Every so often, this video pops up in my recommended page.. I don't know why, but I can't stop watching it every time it does

Dan Acutt : it’s 2am. help

Tom : This makes learning fun! Now I'm going to go open a beer. For science!

RIch Gallegos : I worked for five years in a beverage can plant after going back to school to become an electrician. I was lucky enough to work in an Union plant with a highly motivated workforce that had an average of 18 years of experience/worker. Most everyone there was older and had been doing this their entire lives. After working for a decade in an aluminum smelter, the can manufacturing environment was like being in heaven! I went almost immediately to work on night shift, and I spent probably the first year of my free time either studying manuals related to the electrical equipment and communications electronics (VFD's, PLC's, modbus, Scada, etc.), and when I wasn't doing that I was out on the floor following people around learning how the machines worked and how things were done. It was an exhausting process but in the end it made me a better electrician and a more valuable employee because I could get the lines back up quicker and more effectively. Our little plant had two presses, 32 bodymakers, two washer/dryers, one UV machine, two decorators (they paint the cans, ours had eight stages~could paint different inks for a design, two dryers to cure the ink designs, two lacquer sprayer lines (with I think eight sprayers per line), then two more dryers to cure the inner lacquer, two neckers (fourteen stage), into two inspection cameras that looked for holes (light) inside the cans, into two more cameras that looked for deformities in the overall shape and thin/missing inner lacquer, and finally two busse stackers that made the pallets of just over 8,000 cans each. The pallets then moved out and went through two banding machines to ensure they were ready for shipping. Those machines and about 30 people per twelve hour shift could produce right around 5 million cans in a 24 hour period. I also can't forget the shipping guys, usually two forklift operators that worked nonstop moving pallets off the line into our warehouse, keeping track of dozens and dozens of different designs/brands, and filling trucks taking those pallets to the fillers. Something he didn't cover in the process is another reason the dome of the can is shaped the way it is. The part of the bottom of the can that touches the table is called the "chine", and if you look at it, it is inset from the edge of the can also, making the dome slightly smaller. UV material is applied to the chine and them cured with microwave high power UV lights. The reason for this is that it helps the can move more easily through the construction and filling processes. The UV coating is applied right after the can exits the dryer from the washer (can is cleaned after the bodymaking process to remove die oils and sanitizes them.

Giacomo Miola : Only 0.00001% of the viewers noticed 11:37

AND WE DANCE. VLOGS : This guy knows cans.

apple user 184,285,789 : I can now never look at a can the same again. It’s should be considered one of the engineering marvels if the world.

Arlin Geyer : I recently discovered another feature of the modern aluminum can. Having left a full beverage can in my car for several below-zero days, I discovered another reason for the concave top and bottom: they were no longer concave! As we all know, water expands when it freezes. It turns out that the concavity in both top and bottom of the can is precisely what is required to absorb the expansion of a frozen beverage. The can was still intact, but fully ballooned out at both top and bottom. Try this yourself. It’s quite impressive! (And, when the liquid thaws, the can retains the ballooned shape but has a negative pressure.)

James Shantz : Fanta commercials keep getting more and more refined

Hobo Joe : such a satisfying voice

Dloweification : I don't even drink soda, but I could listen to this guy talk all day.

axel larsen : hey bro, me and my brother both used this vid for a pressentation in highschool and we both got top grades it´s so simple yet so advanced people are blown away thanks this is great :D

Teddy Roosevelt : Unintended Asmr

Chris Clowers : Dude this guy made something that's normally really boring into a really fascinating and enjoyable video to watch. Never thought I'd enjoy a 12 minute long video about cans.

hystat : 8:40 the way he's explaining this historic technology makes me feel old... :)

Arbiter : What am I doing with my life

RED PILL SOCIETY : This guy must really like cans

Jake Edwards : dude this was so interesting

Kasey Wolf : 11:37 im dead

I have to wait 90 days to change my name : *Want a cranberry Sprite?*

Quaglium Quagnarr : His calm enthusiasm coupled with the knowledge of the process in creating the aluminum can is what makes this so interesting.

Michael Jones : As an ecology instructor and research scientist, now retired, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Riveting! With no pun intended... This is my first exposure to you, the engineering guy, and I am looking forward to viewing others. Thanks for not only giving us a first-rate engineering lesson, you also model for other instructors a dynamic and welcoming way to teach. Best wishes, M. Jones, PhD

Patrick Simmons : Holy crap I will never look at a canned Pepsi the same lol

Gaunter O'Dimm : Al oooo min yum

freeatlast1963 : Everthing you wanted to know about aluminium cans, but were afraid to ask ...

happy thoughts : Yeah, it's time for bed.

Little Checkers : Amazing presentation about amazing engineering and physics.

Till Wowler : This shows up on my recommended every couple months and I always watch it for some reason

Eriktor : Man... now I can see myself appreciating these cans in the future while getting confused looks from friends and awkwardly trying to explain it to them...

Matthew Hovda : Why am I watching this

albert_2mb : Came here from Youtube’s recommended video. Very well made video with easy to listen explanations even for a layman. Subscribed!

BDMA Beats : This video was sponsored by Fanta.

Tarek Drissi : This man should be a voice actor.

Sunil Soni : Watched the manufacturing of these cans in a Coca Cola factory. 10 years ago on National Geographic 😆

Dingus : Engineer guy for president

Thunder Winkle : Brilliant video... You've earned yourself a sub. Now we just need to referring to it as 'Aluminium' and we're all set! ;-)

GrassFedMeats : Thanks for the Alzheimers

WaveFinn : Thank you for this.

1FatHappyBirthday : Bill you have too much make up on.

Equisynth Studio : He explains it pretty clearly, because he can.

Brandon Ceja : 0:52 i think he saw me...Aw yes he did

Amit Bajaj : Very nice and comprehensive

Chris Cheater : Thank you fabulous video 👍

Radittarius : I never thought I would watch a 10 minute video

uneliasmarsu : 5:58 Imagine how much producing the actual cans take annually