A shredder is an equipment whose main purpose is shredding. Shredding is when a material’s size is reduced into small pieces. A lot of online sources would define shredder as “a device used for shredding documents as a form of security measure to prevent identity theft,” there are many types of shredders availables depending on the materials that you want to be processed.
Some shredders may be designed to support material reduction across various methods of recycling. This includes plastic recycling, tire recycling, metal scrapping, wood recycling and e-waste recycling. Once a material has been reduced it becomes a raw material that can be re-introduced into manufacturing. There are a lot of terms to describe size reduction machinery, including hammer mills, chippers, granulators and grinders. Their overall function is to reduce the size of a given material.
There are two basic characterizations of shredders depending on their use, namely consumer shredders and industrial shredders. A paper shredder would now fall under the category of consumer shredders because it is mostly used by consumers. Shredders that are used for heavy-duty and high volume systems are the industrial shredders. These shredders are used to process recycling materials from e-waste, wood, paper and plastic. Industrial shredders may also be equipped with various kinds of cutting systems such as a horizontal shaft design, a vertical shaft design, four shaft, three shaft two shaft and single shaft cutting systems.