The Aluminum Beverage Can
From soda to beer, juices to energy drinks, markets to taverns, the aluminum beverage can is an ubiquitous part of our daily life. So much so that we often overlook the superb engineering. Aluminum is a vital part of modern design, and the aluminum can is the statue of the worldwide beverage industry, including shipping, preservation, and reusability.
It’s safe to say that nearly everyone on Earth has used or at least seen an aluminum beverage can. How many other things can you say that about? Maybe air and love. Yes, the can is a common tool, but there is more to the can than meets the eye (or hand or mouth).
The Shape & Size of Design
Big things come in small packages, indeed, and shape is everything. Aluminum beverage cans are cylindrical for a reason. For one thing, they conveniently fit in the hands of consumers, better than a sphere or a cuboid. They also ship easier, allowing for more product per given package space. The rounded sides of a cylinder reduce breakage because there are considerably less weak points in the can.
Beverage cans are portable, lightweight and durable, an ideal fit for active lifestyles and outdoor activities – hiking, camping, and other adventures – without the risk of accidental breakage. From the beaches of Florida to the woods of Washington, from stadiums to outdoor concerts, where glass containers are not allowed, with aluminum cans, people are free enjoy their favorite beverage whenever and wherever they want. In the end, cans are safer.