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Tackling High Security High Volume Shredding

High security, high volume shredding is a difficult feat for most shredders. This case study showcases how our shredders achieved an “impossible” shredding goal.


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High security, high volume shredding is a difficult feat for most shredders. At Industrial Shredders Ltd., we go beyond the cookie-cutter to create custom machines that meet our customer’s specifications. Whether our client’s goal is reduction, recycling, reducing waste, security shredding or something else, we are prepared to help our clients reach their shredding goals.  Below is a case study for our client MARC Industries in Midland Texas, which showcases how our team achieved their “impossible” shredding goal.

The Challenge

In 2013, MARC Industries, an organization which offers highly personalized programs and services to individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, contacted Industrial Shredders with a challenge. MARC intended to accumulate office waste, shred the paper and sell the particles to the oil and gas industry. The problem? MARC was having difficulty finding an industrial shredder that could produce 1/8 in. by 1/8 in. shred at the high volume rate required.   They were operating on a much smaller scale.marc shredding pic.png

The Solution

Industrial Shredders worked in tandem with MARC to develop a shredder to accommodate MARC’s needs. Industrial Shredders developed a custom machine containing the following components: a 40” wide  ¼  x ¼” Combination Slitter/Radial Cutter Shredder (40Combo), a 40” wide secondary Fine Cut (40FC) which is a bin fed high speed Radial Cutter Shredder with two cutter bars, an Air Handling System, a Dust Containment System, and a Bagging System.

The Results

MARC residents are now able to collect local office waste, removed its contaminants and shred the paper to 1/8” by 1/8” or smaller particles.  Think about how many times a sheet of paper needs to be cut, to reach that size. These particles are then sold to the Oil and Gas industry, where the particles are combined with a proprietary slurry to fill fissures in the rock as new wells are being drilled.

MARC’s shredders produce a high volume of shred per hour, which is significant in comparison to traditional office shredders. This project had its share of headaches, but Industrial Shredders stood by its customer and achieved its goals.  To the end of designing a customized shredding solution.

Check out MARC’s shredding system is the video linked below.


Difficulty shredding a material? Unsure of what to do with your output? Contact Industrial Shredders and our experts will help you explore your options.


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