Pi, Math, and CanTastic

Pi, Math, and CanTastic

3.14159265359. And trust me, there’s a lot more numbers after that. And to be honest, just typing that out made me feel like I was just typing numbers … as if the seemingly random string is of no consequence. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Now I am not going to go on a deep dive about how important Pi is and all the ways it helps us solve mathematical and real-world problems without us ever having to think about it. Instead on this annual celebration (a day late, lol) of our favorite irrational number, I am going to talk about how Pi makes our product, CanTastic effective.

Trust me, I cannot be further from a mathematician. To be honest, I am not even sure how Pi was found or created. But with a little dust-off of calculus classes, you can start to understand why Pi is so important.

The magic of CanTastic is rooted in math. Our manufacturers did their best to make sure the stainless-steel edge was a 1:1 copy of most cans. We usually picture this as a “seal” the CanTastic makes with certain parts of the can, which you can visibly see when it cleans the sidewall. Once inserted onto the side wall, the turning motion allows the food to be forced out due to the accurate design.

I promise I will not delve too much into the math, but if you are a fan of math, this next part is for you. Again, I am no expert so I am dumbing this down for myself; the true calculations are incredibly complex. The best way I can describe the math behind CanTastic is looking at the arc length of a circle, which is an accurate description of the two-dimensional shape of a can from above. The formula to find the arc length is 2 x Pi x radius x (arc’s central angle / 360). Right in the middle, is our friend Pi.

You may be thinking “but Logan, you’re telling me that ‘3’ isn’t good enough, that an irrational number is needed to get the proper seal so I can get all the food out of my pet’s canned food?” Yep, that’s exactly what I am saying! And that is why we love Pi so much at CanTastic.

Thanks for reading this blog, I hope you enjoyed the in-depth look at Pi, CanTastic, and how they work together! Until next time …

Logan Martinez
COO of CanTastic and Trysk Solutions.
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