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Decoding shredder terms

Choosing a shredder can be complicated and there are hundreds of models to choose from, but the process of throwing paper shredders has become even more frustrating. The following terms cover everything from shredders to recent legal definitions that are making shredders increasingly necessary.

automatic switch – from

 Standby mode allows the shredder mechanism to activate when the paper passes the paper feed entry and stops when the document is completely shredded.

Automatic reversal – from

 Allows the shredder to automatically reverse the direction of the cutting head when a jam occurs.

Baler – from

 A mechanism for collecting, compressing, and securing waste with rope or wire to pulverize the waste into a compact bale. Some industrial shredders are available, and balers greatly reduce the amount of shredded waste.

Capacity – from

 The paper shredder can cut the number of 8 1/2" x 11" 20 lb bond paper at a time.

Chad – from

 Strips, scraps or scraps of waste left in documents fed by a shredder.

Continuous responsibility – from

 Applicable to the rating of the motor that continues to operate after reaching the normal operating temperature without a cooling period.

Conveyor belt – from

 A moving belt designed to efficiently feed paper products into industrial shredders.

Cross cutting or confetti cutting – from

 The cutting method cuts the document horizontally and vertically, resulting in a 5/16" x 3" to 1/32" x 3/16" fragment size.

Cutting head – from

 The cutting assembly in the shredder cuts the paper into small pieces.

FACTA – from

 Fair and Accurate Credit Trading Act – Developed by the Federal Trade Commission on June 1, 2005, FACTA's Selling Rules section requires anyone with personal information about employees and/or consumers to follow high standards when processing information. Designed to reduce the incidence of identity theft, FACTA requires employers to take “reasonable measures” to protect their personal information by burning, smashing or shredding paper documents and erasing or destroying electronic media.

Feed throat or feed inlet – from

 Feed the paper into the opening of the shredder. The width of the throat typically varies from 9" to 16" or more.

Form shelf – from

 Some shredders have an optional rack that holds a stack of continuous computer paper as it is fed through the shredder.

High security – from

 High safety shredders are shredders that meet or exceed Class 5 safety standards.

HIPAA – from

 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – Promulgated by Congress in 2003 to protect the privacy of health-related information. HIPAA requires all health care providers and businesses that contract with these providers to follow strict standards in transferring medical records between patients and handling such records.

Hopper – from

 A container located above the shredder's cutting head designed to accept bulky materials such as wrinkled paper. Push paper products and other acceptable media into the cutting head with the blades. Can be used on some commercial and industrial shredders.

Level 5 – from

 The shredder gives a security rating based on its fragment size. Level 5 is considered to be suitable for maximum confidential or classified documents with a maximum fragment size of 0.8mm x 12mm [1/32" x 15/32"].

Level 6 – from

 The shredder gives a security rating based on its fragment size. Level 6 is the highest security level and the maximum fragment size is 0.8mm x 4mm [1/32" x 5/32"]. Level 6 crushing is approved by NSA, CSS and DOD for crushing top secret and confidential documents.

Shredder – from

 A machine designed to cut paper into strips or small pieces that are used to make documents containing sensitive or personal information unreadable.

Photo eye – from

 An electronic sensor that detects the presence of paper and automatically activates the cutting head of the shredder.

Reverse switch [manual] – from

 A manual reverse switch that allows the user to place the shredder in reverse and release the jam from the cutting head.

Fragment size – from

 The size of the piece of paper or debris remaining after the document has been shredded.

Shredder oil – from

 A specially formulated oil used to lubricate and remove paper dust from the shredder's cutting head.

With cut – from

 The cutting method cuts the length of the file into a strip file from 3/32" to 1/2" wide.

Thermal protection disconnect switch – from

 An internal motor switch that shuts off the non-continuous operating motor when a certain temperature is reached to prevent overheating.

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