The Self-Service Shredder Receives UL Approval

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Mark provides additional safety, quality assurance for public-access shredding kiosk.

RealTime Shredding, Inc., has received approval from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for The Self-Service Shredder.

UL granted the coveted mark to the first self-service shredding kiosk designed specifically for consumer and business use after a 15-month-long process of testing and evaluation. The period marked the first time UL inspected a shredding kiosk designed for public access, as The Self-Service Shredder is the first product of its type on the market.

An internationally recognized seal of quality, safety, and professional manufacturing, the UL mark indicates compliance with rigorous industry safety standards throughout North America. It certifies that UL has thoroughly evaluated a product and found it to comply with all of its applicable safety requirements. During the evaluation process, UL takes the product from the company, completely disassembles it, and then inspects and compares all components (down to the wires) and the way that they have been assembled to Canadian and US regulations. If the product passes, the factory and assembly location are then inspected for professionalism and to ensure that quality controls are in place.

"The UL stamp of approval gives our customers one more assurance that they are purchasing a professionally built, high-quality and safe product," says Amanda Verrie, president of RealTime Shredding. Because The Self-Service Shredder is accessible to the public in many settings, it was critical to ensure safety every step of the way, she explains. "The additional scrutiny UL imposed is a great testament to the inherent design of the kiosk." UL now will continue to audit the manufacturing process for The Self-Service Shredder on a quarterly basis.

The Self-Service Shredder cross-cut shreds paper, cardboard, credit cards, paper clips, staples and even 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. Popular installations and uses have included banks, professional service firms, business and shipping centers, schools, retail stores and public/government facilities. Small and mid-sized businesses rely on The Self-Service Shredder to help assure compliance with HIPAA and FACTA document destruction requirements.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. ( is one of the world's leading product safety testing and certification organizations. Since its founding in 1894, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has developed more than 1,000 safety standards and has served as an active participant in national and international standards development. Each year, UL tests more than 19,000 types of products, and 21 billion UL marks appear in the marketplace. The company employs 6,200, operates 127 inspection centers and works with more than 71,000 customers in 104 countries.

RealTime Shredding, Inc. ( manufactures and markets The Self-Service Shredder as the first self-service shredding kiosk designed specifically for business and consumer use. The Self-Service Shredder provides a fast, convenient, inexpensive way to shred confidential documents and other materials. Based in Colorado Springs, the woman-owned and -operated company offers multiple kiosk models and options, with purchase and lease plans available.

Amanda Verrie, RealTime Shredding, Inc., 719-488-3655,
Aimee Bennett, APR, Fagan Business Communications, 303-843-9840,

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