Shredder Economics

How do you assess the value of a shredder to your operation? While no calculations are perfect or guaranteed, a well utilized shredder can increase down-stream equipment performance, such as a granulator, from 25% to 75%, depending on the materials an application. It will also reduce the labor, and danger, of manually cutting up scrap. Consider these other benefits:

  • Adding a 50 HP shredder to provide balanced loading can provide energy savings from 20 to 50% compared to a typical manual size reduction process with large, bulky or dense materials.
  • Shredding reduces the power and size requirements of secondary operations, such as granulation, while increasing output by providing consistent input material size.
  • Though individual results will vary, ongoing studies indicate that adding a shredder can result in: 
    • Energy saving up to $15,000 per year per line
    • Yield increase can add up to $100,000 per year, per line
    • Material “purity” can add up to $50,000 per year, per line

Each of these benefits add to your bottom line. Integrating a shredder into your size reduction system can also:

  • Reduce maintenance costs (including downstream equipment)
  • Reduce maintenance frequency
  • Add redundancy and versatility
  • Protect operational “up-time”
  • Reduce manual labor
  • Reduce or eliminate manual processes that can compromise safety and the economic impact of worker injuries