• Aluminum beverage cans are manufactured in two pieces – the body and the closure or cover. The forming of the beverage can body is accomplished through a high-speed drawing process.
    In the bodymaking steps (4) of the can manufacturing process, a coolant / lubricant is applied to reduce friction and heat that occur during the drawing process. During these steps aluminum loadings are generated and carried away with the coolant.
    In high volume operations, where thousands, or even millions, of identical parts are produced daily, even minor variations in manufacturing conditions can cause major problems and without proper filtration, these particles can lead to quality issues, increased tearoffs and limitations in production yield.

    To improve your can manufacturing process, production yield, product quality and sustainability, 3M has an effective solution that can result in material cost and labour savings.

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Diagram showing the can manufacturing process
    1. Uncoiler unwinds the aluminum coil into the lubricator.​
    2. The lubricator then applies a thin film of lubricant to the aluminium sheet before feeding the metal into a stamper, which cuts out circular aluminium blanks.
    3. The circular aluminum blanks are fed to the cupper that forms aluminum cups
    1. Bodymakers deep draw the aluminum cups into aluminum cans at high speed and very tight tolerances.
    2. The coolant / lubricant filtration system provides a high quality fluid with low aluminium loading, which allows for trouble free deep drawing at the bodymaker stage, before being recirculated.

3M™ High Flow Filters

To help meet growing demand for aluminum beverage cans, high efficiency 3M™ High Flow Filters provide very high filtration area and can reduce aluminum loading, corrosion by-products, and environmental contaminants in your coolant / lubricant, resulting in increased production rates with less defects.

3M™ High Flow Series Filters have a large diameter, radial pleat design that allows for high flow capability per cartridge, reducing the number of filters and space required. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the horizontal housing orientation and cartridge handle also help to improve user experience, reduce change-out time and reduce worker exposure. Learn More

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    Reduced footprint

    Takes up as little as one-half the size of competitive housings for a given flow rate.

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    Ergonomic design

    Handle makes cartridge installation and removal easier.​

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    Twist to lock mechanism

    Fewer cartridge seal points reduces the chance of fluid bypass.

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