The role of shredders is an indispensable one in several applications in manufacturing, recycling, solid waste reduction, security, wastewater treatment, oil and gas production , the production and transportation of biosolids, and many more. Aside from the obvious benefit of shredding which is size reduction, shredding has other range of benefits out of the operation. Some benefits in using shredders are in the processing of materials to produce product or fuel, as protection in business intelligence by the destruction of confidential product or documents, in the recycling of product or waste, and shredding solids to ensure that a process or equipment would run smoothly. These are reasons enough for government agencies and municipalities, and corporations to employ shredders in their operations.
In the industrial aspect, the applications of shredders would cover in the reduction of solids like destruction of food, pharmaceuticals, rubber, pallets, steel and plastic drums, furniture, construction debris, tires, containers, corrugated boxes, packaging labels, and other materials that are bulky. 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.
For example, scrap wood is shredded for recycling purposes for the use in the manufacture of different kinds of wood products such as particle board and paper. It is also wonderful to know that plastic bottles are recycled into plastic chips for the production again of new bottles, and shredders play the role in this process.
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. Some materials may need to be reduced further to smaller size and if so, even if you like to use single pass shredder for its low cost, you may need your equipment to be more compact to perform the job.
The capacity of the shredder to handle correctly the material and its load is important to make the installation a success.
In shredders, there are basically two types of feed that are common and these are automatic and manual. Shredders that is manually operated usually feature a hopper and the work is by hand feeding the material or a fork lift to drop the material into the shredder. On the other side, the automatic feeders can optimize the performance of the shredder by constantly supplying the materials to the shredder.