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What are Industrial Shredders?

Industrial shredders are state-of-the-art devices that efficiently shred every material from tissues and thin plastics to corrugated boxes and beverage containers. Essentially, industrial machines need special voltage lines that take up a lot of space and need a designated area for shredding operations. But industrial shredders facilitate quick and efficient compaction and destruction of large volumes of material. Advanced industrial shredders also come with automatic feed systems that maximize productivity while cutting the cost of operators. These shredders also integrate cutting-edge technology which facilitates easy operations with negligible human intervention.

The Role of Industrial Shredders in Recycling and Waste Management  

Shredding systems are typically employed for size reduction of a given material. A shredder is mostly defined as a device for shredding documents but there are many types of shredders based on the material that needs to be processed.

Designed to facilitate material reduction in a wide range of recycling applications, industrial shredders efficiently support the recycling of plastic, e-waste, scrap, tire and wood. The raw material produced during the shredding process can be re-used during various manufacturing processes and also for the production of finished materials like landscape mulch. Industrial shredders are also known as granulators, grinders, hammer mills, and chippers but their main function remains the same – reducing the size of different materials.   

In the waste management industry, industrial shredders are employed in large-scale disposal systems used by recycling units and municipal facilities. From asphalt and rubber to plastics and wood, industrial shredders efficiently compact large volumes of waste to a mere fraction of their actual size in minutes. When used at landfills, these shredders significantly reduce the waste volume and also accelerate the decomposition of biodegradable waste.

In today’s eco-conscious business environment, industrial shredders present an excellent opportunity to businesses looking to cut costs. Industrial shredders used in the recycling processes not only reduce material volume but also reduce transportation and storage costs.

Industrial shredders are available in a choice of high-torque, low-speed machines that efficiently minimize issues like embedding of metal parts into plastic materials during the shredding process. From shredding smaller items to reducing the size of large industrial parts, a variety of shredding machines are available to ensure maximum material recovery.        

Types of Industrial Shredders and Their Advantages

There are several types of shredders that vary from industrial paper shredders to plastic waste shredders to tire recycling shredders.

The common benefits of industrial shredders include regulatory compliance regarding disposal of sensitive business information and eco-friendly waste disposal.

Plastic Shredders

Plastic waste shredders can be classified into grinders, chippers, granulators, hammer mills, shear shredders and all-purpose shredders based on the process for which they are employed. These shredders are used for reducing different materials including plastic, rubber, asphalt, and wood.

Grinders are used for pulverizing materials, chippers reduce material to flakes or chips, granulators are used for recycling plastic, and hammer mills are used for shattering materials. All-purpose shredders are custom designed for recycling programs that require reduction of oversized equipment.  

Tire Shredders

Tire shredders are designed for processing old truck tires into landfill cover, boiler fuels, rubberized asphalt, and various other usable products. Tire shredders can be classified into the following 5 categories depending on their end-use:

  • Shear Shredders: These low-speed industrial shredders employ a two-shaft mechanism with rotary knives for cutting materials.
  • Speciality Shredders: These shredders are custom-designed to forcefully tear tires into small pieces under very high torque.
  • Grinders: Grinders can work at both high and low speed and employ plates, wheels and drums for crushing materials.  
  • Chippers: Chippers use high-speed rotary knives, drums and wheels for cutting materials into chips.  
  • Granulators: Granulators vary drastically in both size and mechanism and they employ knives for cutting materials into fine particles.   

Paper Shredders

Paper shredders are designed for safe shredding and disposal of commercial and industrial paper waste. Different types of paper shredders are used for processing garbage differently and they include:

  • Strip Cut Shredders: These shredders use a single set of blades for cutting documents into strips that range from ½ inch to 1/16th of an inch.  
  • Industrial Paper Shredders: Designed for high-volume shredding, industrial shredders are typically used in commercial applications for processing large volumes of paper waste and sensitive documents.  
  • Cross Cut Shredders: Cross cut shredders feature two sets of blades for cutting documents into strips as small as ½ inch. Sections can also be square or rectangular and as large as 1/32 inch. Cross cut shredder is a more secure option for shredding confidential business documents.

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