Things We Should Know About Industrial Shredders

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What Is an Industrial Shredder?

Industrial shredders are shredding machines that are massive, powerful, and capable of destroying enormous numbers of (confidential) papers in bulk. These professional shredders can handle all of your company's shredding needs. A strong heavy-duty industrial shredder that can shred enormous volumes of material continuously and swiftly is suited for large office departments, industrial locations, facilities, or warehouses with a lot of confidential documents. Industrial shredders are built to handle large amounts of data and can shred papers, optical media (CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays), floppy disks, credit cards, cardboards, cartons, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.

Industrial shredders are like shredders on steroids. They are powerful workhorses that devour anything. As a result, it's no wonder that more businesses are opting to buy these machines rather than outsource their shredding. For particularly large volume applications, industrial shredders employ a conveyor belt feed mechanism. Materials to be shred can be stacked instead of placed into a paper slot, similar to how you would arrange your items on the grocery shop belt.

Now that you have a general idea of what an industrial shredder is, let’s move forward to the features you need to consider before buying an industrial shredder.

How much shredding an industrial shredder can handle?

The selection of an industrial shredder capable of handling the required capacity is critical. The physical size, weight (bulk density), and amount of material to be shredded influence the capacity. The cutting chamber size may also restrict the capacity. Before purchasing a shredder, make sure to double-check the capacity rating and allow for some extra space. When a shredder's maximum capacity is too near to the requirement, the shredder's service life will be limited. So, what is the maximum amount of shredding that an industrial shredder can handle? The answer is somewhere between 50 and 1000 papers per hour. You heard it right, per hour which is incredible. To put things in perspective, a big file box filled with paper, folders, and mail can easily be destroyed with an industrial shredder.

Which Feed Type to Choose?

There are two fundamental feed types:

  • Manual Feed
  • Automated Feed

Manually fed shredders generally feature a hopper and function by either hand feeding or dropping the material in with a forklift. Automatic feeders or conveyors aid shredder performance by supplying the shredder with a consistent and consistent supply of materials. Now which one to choose? Since hand-feed shredding is no longer necessary, the introduction of auto-feed paper shredders has changed the user experience like never before. Users can focus on other duties as auto-feed results in saving hours. Automatic shredders, without a doubt, save the bulk of the time required to shred as compared to manual feed shredding.

What Can It Shred?

One of the first decisions you have to make is what you'll shred. Then go out and get a shredder that can do it. Many paper shredders are capable of shredding CDs and DVDs; in fact, you may already have one. A good industrial shredder will be that can shred other material that a regular shredder cannot shred.

At CBM we have industrial shredders that can share aluminum cans, bound files, cardboard, casino chips, CD/DVDs, credit cards, paper clips, paper stacks, plastics bottles, staples, and ID cards.

The Required Security Level

You want to do everything you can to protect yourself in a world where data and identity theft are on the rise. While all of your personal information is vital, certain documents are more private than others. Your name and address may be on one document, but your Social Security Number or important financial information may be on another. You want the second document to be destroyed with greater care than the first.

So which security level to choose? The usual classification system is from P-2 to P-7 but since industrial shredder is not only capable to shred paper but also other materials like optical media (CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays), floppy disks, credit cards, cardboards, hard drives, cartons, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans, electronic data media like memory sticks, cards with a magnetic chip, solid-state drives (SSDs) and mobile Phone. Therefore, at CBM we have industrial shredders that include the security level E-3, H-4. H-5, The higher the DIN level, the smaller the shred size.

Why Is Cut Type Important?

The shredder cut type determines the security level of your shredder. It is an essential factor to keep in mind as you source a new shredder for use. High-security shredders help mitigate the risk of your sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

The security level of your industrial shredder will depend on the kind of information contained in the paper that you want to shred. It determines how thoroughly the paper is cut.

There are three basic cut styles:

  • Strip-Cut

The strip-cut is the most widely used shredder cut type on the market. It slices the paper into around 40 tiny strips that may be reassembled and deciphered with ease.

  • Cross-Cut

It cuts the documents both lengthwise and widthwise in cross-cuts. The paper strips are smaller and more difficult to put together.

  • Micro-Cut

Micro-cut is the highest security cut used for highly sensitive and confidential paperwork - it cuts the documents in minuscule particles that are practically impossible to recreate.

At CBM we have an NSA-Approved industrial shredder - National Security Agency deals with highly sensitive material. Because the papers that move through the NSA are so sensitive, any document that is shredded or otherwise destroyed by the process must be rendered unrecoverable. The NSA Specification 02-01 outlines the requirements that a shredder must follow for NSA standards to render a document unrecoverable. The resultant shred particles are so minuscule that no distinguishable characters can be seen, making it impossible to reconstruct the paper.


Even though this does not fall under the category of a feature, it is highly important to be kept in mind while choosing a shredder. Maintenance is important because shredders are subjected to a lot of stress, therefore regular maintenance is required to keep them functioning smoothly. Under typical usage, cutters, blades, and hammers will wear out and need to be sharpened, adjusted, or replaced. When picking a manufacturer, think about upkeep, repairs, and how easy it is to get new components. Always evaluate the access location for maintenance when determining where to locate any equipment including your shredder.

Now that you are well-versed on what industrial shredders are and how to choose the perfect one, visit our site to find you a perfect one. CBM wishes you happy shopping and most importantly happy shredding!