There are several applications that shredders play a very significant role like in the areas of manufacturing, recycling, solid waste reduction, wastewater treatment, oil and gas production, transportation and production of biosolids and others. Aside from the obvious benefit of shredding which is size reduction, shredding has other range of benefits out of the operation. Not only are shredders used in the production of a product or fuel, in the recycling of product or waste, in shredding of solids to ensure processes and tools are running smoothly, these machines are also used in the protection of business intelligence by destroying product or documents. These are reasons enough for government agencies and municipalities, and corporations to employ shredders in their operations.
Where reduction of solids is concern, shredders conduct it on food, pharmaceuticals, rubber, pallets, steel and plastic drums, furniture, debris in construction, containers, tires, corrugated boxes, packaging, labels and other large items. Documents that will protect the privacy of an individual or a corporate information such as x-rays, hard drives and other electronics, are destroyed with the use of industrial shredders.
Another use of shredders is in the shredding of scrap wood so it can be recycled and used in manufacturing different kinds of wood products like paper and particle board. Plastic chips are also recycled with the use of shredders into plastic chips and are turned into new bottles.
In the selection of shredder, you are to identify the specific material that are to be processed so you can find the right shredder considering there are various types of shredders available. While plastics are processed in rotary knife cutter, and shredding cars are done using a hammer mill, other materials like tree branches are shredded using a high speed chipper.
Your next way in finding out the right shredder for your needs is to be able to quantify the output size of your requirement. You may want to use a single pass shredder since it costs less, but if you need to reduce the material further, you may require a more compact equipment.
For a successful installation and operation, another aspect of your shredder that you are to look into is the capacity of the equipment.
Be aware of the two basic feed types of shredders, and the most common ones are the manual and automatic. Shredders are manually operated by a hopper, and it is through hand feeding of the material that a work is done or use of a machine like fork lift to drop the material into the equipment. Meanwhile, an automatic feeder aids in the optimization of the performance of the shredder because it can constantly and regularly supply the materials into the shredder.