RealTime Shredding Adds Anti-Jam Software to The Self-Service Shredder

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Elimination, prevention of jamming facilitates use of kiosk for purchasers, end users.

For everyone who is trying to do the right thing and shred old, unwanted documents and other materials, but who is tiring of paper jams in the shredder, there's now an answer.

RealTime Shredding, Inc., developer of the first self-service shredding kiosk, has created anti-jam software, making The Self-Service Shredder the first public-access shredder on the market to prevent -- and reverse -- jamming. By detecting the potential for jams before they happen, and automatically taking corrective action to prevent or fix them, RealTime Shredding eliminates the need for user intervention to take care of annoying jams.

A universal problem with shredders, jamming increases user frustration levels and often prevents people from shredding all the documents they need to, says Amanda Verrie, president of RealTime Shredding. "We want to make it safe, easy, fast and convenient for people to shred," she explains. "We expect this type of software will become the standard for all shredders in the future, not just with The Self-Service Shredder."

The software works by constantly monitoring the load of materials in The Self-Service Shredder's feed chute. When the load reaches a pre-determined point, before a jam occurs, the shredder reverses to reduce the load, and then goes into a controlled shredding mode to work out the potential jam. When the shredder is operating in anti-jam mode, the kiosk automatically pauses the time clock, ensuring that users lose none of their shredding session time.

"We believe that The Self-Service Shredder kiosk is the only shredder out there that is truly safe enough for public use," adds Verrie. "Eliminating the problem of jamming makes it even more so."

The Self-Service Shredder cross-cut shreds paper, cardboard, credit cards, paper clips, staples, CDs, DVDs and floppy disks. The industrial-strength shredder, featuring multiple control points for maximum safety, can shred up to 200 sheets of paper a minute. Depending on the model purchased, The Self-Service Shredder will accept access codes and/or cash. Each customer can program the kiosk for the time/cost package they want to offer.

The Self-Service Shredder is a great step forward in preventing identity theft, says Verrie. Identity theft is now the fastest-growing crime in the United States, according to the National Crime Prevention Council. Annually, more than 9 million Americans are the victims of identity theft, resulting in losses to individuals, businesses and government of more than $50 billion. The Self-Service Shredder helps businesses comply with HIPAA and FACTA document destruction requirements, and ability to see material shredded in real time eliminates worries about personal information being lost or stolen.

RealTime Shredding, Inc. ( develops and markets The Self-Service Shredder as the nation's first self-service shredding kiosk designed specifically for consumers and businesses. The Self-Service Shredder provides a fast, convenient way to shred documents and other materials. Based in Colorado Springs, the woman-owned and

-operated company offers multiple kiosk models and options, with purchase, revenue-sharing and lease plans available.


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