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Industrial shredder

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Industrial shredder. This shredder is set up in line with a granulator, in order to reduce the size of the processed material more.

An industrial shredder is a machine used to break down materials for various applications such as recycling, volume reduction, and product destruction. Industrial shredders come in many different sizes and design variations based on what particle size is needed for final shredded product.

The main categories of designs used today are as follows: low speed, high torque shear type shredders of single, dual, triple and quad shaft design,[1] single shaft grinders of single or dual shaft design, granulators, knife hogs, raspers, maulers, flails, crackermills, and refining mills. Industrial shredder components include a rotor, counter blades, housing, motor, transmission system, power system and electrical control system.

Some examples of materials that are commonly shredded are: tires, metals, construction and demolition debris, wood, plastics, leathers, papers and garbage, such as commercial and mixed waste. The industrial shredder is commonly used to process materials into different sizes for separation or to reduce the cost of transport. Waste materials such as municipal solid waste, radioactive waste, medical waste, and hazardous waste are shredded in treatment and disposal systems.

Because the hardness of materials differs, the blades on shredders are also slightly different.

An industrial shredder is any shredder that can be used in an industrial application (rather than a consumer application). They can be equipped with different types of cutting systems: horizontal shaft design, vertical shaft design, single-shaft, two-shaft, three-shaft and four-shaft cutting systems. These shredders are slow speed or high speed, and are not restricted in being classified as an industrial shredder by their speed or horsepower. Small, low-cost portable shredders have been developed; these are often suitable for personal use as well as for small scale industry.

The largest scrap metal shredder in the world was designed with 10,000 hp by the Schnitzer steel group of Portland, Oregon in 1980. The 9,200 hp (6,860 kW) Lynxs at the Sims Metal Management plant at the mouth of the River Usk in Newport, Wales has access by road, rail and sea. It can process 450 cars per hour.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]

Ramial chipped wood


  1. ^ "Industrial Shredder Product Page". SSI Shredding Systems, Inc. Archived from the original on 2022-12-01. Retrieved 2022-12-01.
  2. ^ Sims UK opens multi-million pound metals recycling terminal Archived 2021-02-19 at the Wayback Machine LetsRecycle, 17 November 2004. Retrieved: 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ Newport Hosts one of Europe's largest recycling facilities Archived 2008-10-17 at the Wayback Machine Materials Network Wales, Summer 2006. Retrieved: 3 June 2010.
  4. ^ Powering the World’s largest Industrial Shredder Archived 2010-07-11 at the Wayback Machine weg.net, 30 September 2009. Retrieved: 3 June 2010.

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