High Security paper shredders provide the highest level of security but they are limited by 2 important factors. Speed and material they can shred. Sometimes it's cheaper to buy 2 commercial shredders and your shred capacity will actually increase.
Paper shredders use a standard classification system of P2 through P7 to determine the security of the paper being shred through the blades. Understanding the size of shred is the most important factor in deciding which machine is right for you needs. The smallest cut size falls under level P7 while the largest size is level P2.
Strip cut shredders, or P2 shredders, are the most productive but they are also the least secure. Levels Ps and P4 are the most common for businesses or home use. They are HIPAA compliant and do a great job protecting private information. P6 and P7 shredders are required for government agencies disposing of top secret documents but a P7 shredder is needed for the most demanding top secret document destruction.
Security Level P2
Designed for general shredding purposes
Strip Width: equal to or less than 1/4” (6 millimeters)
Strip Length: Infinite
Security Level P3
Designed for confidential, commercial, corporate, and personal data. Most commonly used security level.
Particle Width: equal to or less than (4 millimeters)
Particle Width: equal to or less than (80 millimeters)
Total shred area not to exceed a total of 320 square millimeters
Security Level P4
Designed for shredding very sensitive and very confidential, commercial corporate, and/or personal data. Highest level security needed for commercial destruction.
Particle Width: equal to or less than (4 millimeters)
Particle Width: equal to or less than (40 millimeters)
Total shred area not to exceed a total of 160 square millimeters
Security Level P5
Designated to be secret/espionage proof. Standard European high security shredder level.
Particle Width: equal to or less than (2.0 millimeter)
Particle Width: equal to or less than (15 millimeters)
Total shred area not to exceed a total of 30 square millimeters
Security Level P6
Designated the top secret shredder level. Specially designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense (DOD/NSA) and the exacting standards of the U.S. Military, national security organizations, government agencies and government contractors.
Particle Width: equal to or less than (.8 millimeter)
Particle Width: equal to or less than (12 millimeters)
Total shred area not to exceed a total of 10 square millimeters
Security Level P7
Designated the highest of top secret security shredder level. Specially designed to meet requirements of the Department of Defense (DOD/NSA) and the exacting standards of the CIA, US Embassy's, Top Secret U.S. Military Departments, national security organizations, government agencies and government contractors.
Particle Width: equal to or less than (1 millimeter)
Particle Width: equal to or less than (5 millimeters)
Total shred area not to exceed a total of 5 square millimeters
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We receive many questions about how loud paper shredders are when in operation. Shredders are designed with noise reduction in mind so most are no louder than the sound of rain falling. Here is a quick summary on the range of noise to expect from your typical office and industrial shredder.
Establishing a clear document retention and destruction policy is important for all businesses to comply with FTC privacy protection laws. Advantage business has assembled a sample policy to assist in drafting a policy specific to your companies needs.
Finding the right industrial shredder can be a difficult task. There are many choices to make including selecting a manufacturer, machine size, production capacity, cut size, and waste disposal options. In this article we will highlight the top 3 industrial paper shredders currently on the market under $15,000.00.
The Importance of Shredding Documents for Your Business
Consumers and businesses work hard to safeguard sensitive data like credit card numbers and bank account information but are they doing enough. According to Symatac, the makers of Norton, 50% of consumers feel businesses are not doing enough to protect them. Even worse, 8 out of 10 consumers do not trust retailers to protect and keep their data secure.
The term “industrial” as a description of paper shredders is often misstated as often as the term “heavy duty” paper shredders. Getting away from the generic terms and finding definition as it relates to industry standards for industrial paper shredders is as follows.
We get many e-mails and phone on customers looking for a “commercial paper
shredder”. Defining a commercial shredder is as often said in the eye of the
beholder. Many customers have disappointing results purchasing paper shredders
from the super- stores and are looking for a shredder that is durable, and have
a long lifespan. We define a commercial paper shredder as a centralized
shredder that different departments will bring their documents to be destroyed.
A commercial shredder beside have a large feed open and ability to shred more
sheets of paper per pass will have a continuous duty motors that can shred
documents for hours without overheating. Many low end paper shredders need a
“cooling off” period of so many minutes before you can start up your shredding
Also commercial shredders have large shred bins that allow you to shred longer without stopping to change the shredder bag. Many commercial
shredders have metal sprocket and chain drive systems that have a longer life
than nylon gear driven systems. Heavy duty commercial shredders and have heavy
duty casters to move the shredder unit from one location to another.
Contact us 800-560-2242 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will recommend the right commercial paper shredder for your particular needs.