5 Things to Consider Before Building a Disintegrator System

June 18, 2015 at 10:28 am by SEM

If you are in need of a central information destruction solution that can shred high volumes of paper or mixed media, a disintegrator may be the answer. As the inventor of the disintegrator over 45 years ago, SEM has the proven expertise to determine which system is right for you.

The following are some steps to consider when determining which system is most appropriate.


This is the most important factor. It is important to know what type of material and the particle size required by your security team. NSA requires a 3/32” security screen for the destruction of classified paper and optical media. For unclassified information or material, a larger particle may be acceptable, just check with your security manager.


Disintegrators come in all sizes. The volume of material you will be destroying helps determine what size is right for you. There are two things needed to be determined. How many pounds of material will be destroyed on a weekly basis and how many working hours per day would you like to run the unit.


Disintegrators offer a few options for waste collection. The proper fan system is mostly dependent on the information in the prior two steps. With low to average volume disintegrators, standard single or dual bag fan systems are common. Large outside air collection systems or Briquettors may be needed for higher volume applications. SEM DISINTEGRATOR OPTIONS


There are a variety of additional options that are available for disintegrator systems. These include sound reduction enclosures, conveyors, master control panels, Spare knives and security screens. An experienced SEM representative can help you choose the best options.



Once a targeted system has been identified you must be sure your facility has a room with adequate space and 3-phase electrical power available to run the equipment. Layout drawings may be required depending on the disintegrator system.

SEM not only invented the disintegrator, we have been installing and supporting them since 1967. From installations in virtually every US Embassy throughout the world to locations throughout the USA, our team can work with you to create the most effective solution at the most economical price. Worried about the price? Look into building your centralized destruction system piece by piece over time instead.