Ever wondered how the high speed paper shredder you saw in your office worked? Or the industrial paper shredders at your factory? Ever marveled at its ability to take in large volumes of paper, oceans of information and effortlessly turn it into meaningless bits and pieces of paper scrap which have lost all ability to convey any information. And that these bits and pieces of paper scrap are what guarantees the security of your precious information, ensuring it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands and cause irrevocable damage. So how do these paper shredders really work? What keeps them going?
Papers shredders are typically manufactured in two standard configurations depending on the mechanical operation with which they cut the documents. The first type of paper shredder is the strip cut paper shredder and like the name suggests it reduces input paper into strips of finely cut paper. A single sheet of paper fed into the average sized paper shredder will be decimated into probably 15-20 strips of cut paper. This type of paper shredders have a series of parallel serrated blades mounted on a steel frame and cut the paper sequentially in a periodic motion as the paper moves on the rollers inside the paper shredder. Several industrial paper shredders manufacturers employ this type of shredding for their high speed high volume throughput paper shredders.