A paper shredder is a mechanical device used to cut paper into either strips or fine particles. Government organizations, businesses, and private individuals use shredders to destroy private, confidential, or elsewhere sensitive documents.
The first paper shredder is credited to prolific inventor Abbot Augustus Low, whose patent was filed on February 2, 1909. His invention was however never created for the reason that inventor died prematurely immediately after filing the patent.
Adolf Ehinger’s paper shredder, predicated on a hand-crank pasta maker, was the first ever to be created in 1935 in Germany. Supposedly he created a shredding machine to shred his anti-Nazi leaflets in order to avoid the inquiries of the authorities. Ehinger later marketed and started out selling his patented shredders to government agencies and finance institutions converting from hand-crank to electric motor. Ehinger’s company, EBA Maschinenfabrik, created the first cross-cut paper shredders in 1959 and continues to take action even today as EBA Krug & Priester GmbH & Co. in Balingen.
Right before nov the Berlin Wall, a “wet shredder” was invented in the former German Democratic Republic. To avoid paper shredders in the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) from glutting, this product mashed paper snippets with water.
With a shift from paper to digital document production, modern professional shredders can process non-paper media, such as for example bank cards and CDs, and destroy a large number of documents in under about a minute.