Equipment is big in our industry and having the proper equipment is even bigger. Recently, we replaced our old Ameri-Shred shredder with a new Ameri-Shred Series 4. The old unit was rated for 4,000 pounds an hour. The new one can do 10,000 pounds and has the capabilities to shred hardcover books among other things, the old shredder couldn’t.
At present, our employees are unable to keep up with this amazing machine. The speed and output are 5 times greater than the old machine allowing us the ability to process more material in an 8 hour shift.
Our Ameri-Shred 4000 was operated for 12 hours per day to keep up with the volume of material, whereas the Ameri-Shred 10,000 currently is averaging 6 hours a day. We expect the hours to decrease once we have effectively increased the efficiency of the machine.