SEM Summer Outing 2018

July 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm by Heidi White

The Security Engineered Machinery team works hard to engineer, manufacture, and distribute the world’s best data destruction devices, but we also know how to enjoy our downtime. SEM employees had a ball at the 2018 summer outing which included golf and a fully catered all American BBQ complete with some local craft beer. The team relaxed while enjoying a variety of delicious food, plenty of sunshine, and good conversation. We are fortunate to have the absolute best team!

Todd Busic Promoted to Vice President of Security and Intelligence Operations at Security Engineered Machinery

June 28, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Heidi White

Growing secure data destruction device manufacturer enhances government relations and client care with key promotion

todd BusicSecurity Engineered Machinery Co., Inc. (SEM), global leader in high security information end-of-life solutions, is pleased to announce that D. Todd Busic has been promoted to Vice President of Security and Intelligence Operations. The announcement was made by Andrew Kelleher, President and CEO of SEM. Mr. Busic has been with SEM for 19 years and has targeted expertise in federal contract negotiation, federal BPAs, and green destruction facilities. He also has extensive experience with security and intelligence operations, global business development, project management, and international and domestic federal sales.

“Todd’s vision for the company, robust experience, and unparalleled integrity make him a perfect fit for a senior leadership position here at SEM,” said Mr. Kelleher. “I am confident that Todd’s business acumen and customer centricity will enable SEM to enhance relations with our extensive government client base while also expanding our commercial division.”

“I am thrilled to receive this promotion,” commented Mr. Busic. “I am very passionate about security and data privacy, which aligns perfectly with SEM’s mission and vision. I take pride in and truly appreciate the expansive government associations I have forged over the last 19 years. Relationships formed with integrity and trust are the cornerstones of building success. I look forward to the new challenge of expanding the business by augmenting product and service offerings as well as enhancing client relations.”

Mr. Busic will also be responsible for interactions with the NSA Center for Storage Device Sanitization. He will be working out of the company’s Virginia office.

Security Engineered Machinery Introduces Enterprise Line of Data Destruction Devices

June 26, 2018 at 3:05 pm by Heidi White

Secure data destruction device manufacturer becomes first to offer end-of-life solutions specifically for enterprise drives

 Security Engineered Machinery Co., Inc. (SEM), global leader in high security information end-of-life solutions, announced the introduction of a line of hard drive destroyers specifically engineered for enterprise drive destruction. The Enterprise Line, which includes rotational and solid state shredders and a disintegrator, is the first of its kind in the data destruction industry.

“We engineered the Enterprise Line to address the needs of our data center clients,” said Nicholas Cakounes, Executive Vice President of SEM. “The overwhelming client feedback we received expressed an imminent need for data destruction devices that could easily handle the larger, thicker, denser enterprise drives commonly found in data center environments.”

The Enterprise Line includes the compact, quiet Model 0315 hard drive shredder designed for office use, as well as the high-volume Model 0305 and Model 0304 shredders. The 0315 shreds up to 90 enterprise rotational hard disk drives (HDDs) and up to 120 enterprise solid state drives (SSDs) per hour at 1.5” final particle size, whereas the industrial grade 0305 and 0304 destroy up to 800 HDDs/1,200 SSDs and 1,400 HDDs/2,000 SSDs per hour, respectively. All three models are available in multiple configurations to accommodate a variety of user requirements: rotational hard disk drive (HDDs) only, solid state drive (SSD) only, and a combo version that destroys both HDDs and SSDs utilizing separate feed openings and cutting chambers. Final particle size for HDDs ranges from 1.5” to 0.75”, and final particle size for SSDs is 0.375”. All shredders in the new Enterprise Line are noted on the NSA/CSS Evaluated Products List (EPL) for HDD Destruction Devices as an approved solution for the “deformation of magnetic media hard drive platters” and are GDPR, NIST 800-88, SOX, FACTA, HIPAA, FISMA, NAID, and DoD compliant.

In addition to the three shredder models, SEM’s new Enterprise Line includes the Model 2SSD Disintegrator engineered to destroy SSDs to a nominal particle size of 2mm2. This newly redesigned machine employs an industrial grade, dual stage cutting system with specially enhanced cutting blades and sizing screens to provide maximum throughput in an office environment. Designed with a custom, steel-insulated sound enclosure for maximum sound control, the 2SSD also features an internal carbon-based pre-filter and HEPA air filtration system for operator safety as well as odor and dust control. Click for video.

“After pilot testing the devices with our existing Fortune 50 data center clients, we realized that the Enterprise Line provides the ideal solution to organizations looking to safeguard privacy and mitigate risk in the data center and beyond,” added Andrew Kelleher, President of SEM. “In addition to data centers, security-focused organizations such as the federal government, healthcare providers, and financial institutions are facing increased compliance requirements in parallel with more frequent use of enterprise drives into their data centers. The problem becomes what to do with the drives at end-of-life to maintain privacy and compliance — we are providing that solution.”

All devices in the Enterprise Line are specifically designed for enterprise drive destruction with increased torque, industrial grade construction, and more rugged cutting heads, enabling the system to cut through multiple steel plates, carriers, and other enterprise drive constructed components such as heat sinks and cooling tubes.

Security Engineered Machinery Founder Honored as ASIS Life Member

at 2:59 pm by Heidi White
Leonard Rosen, SEM Founder and Chairman of the Board

Leonard Rosen has been a continuous member of ASIS since 1968

Security Engineered Machinery Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that Leonard Rosen, SEM founder and Chairman of the Board, has been honored with Life Member status by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). ASIS grants Life Member status to individuals who have 50 years of continuous membership within the organization. Mr. Rosen founded SEM in 1967 and became a member of ASIS in 1968.

“Receiving ASIS Life Member status was unexpected, and quite an honor,” said Mr. Rosen. “To me, this speaks volumes about the quality and endurance of Security Engineered Machinery, which has enabled me to remain a member of ASIS over the past five decades. SEM has consistently adapted to changing technology while continuing to grow through the years, and I am so proud to be part of this incredible organization. We started by selling paper shreddersto the federal government and now manufacture data destruction devicesfor every type of data and for every type of client. SEM continues to be a robust organization that has helped to protect national security for over 50 years.”

Throughout the years, SEM has supported ASIS through trade show participation as well as advertising in ASIS publications, including Security Management. In addition, SEM team members maintain membership and actively participate in regional chapters of ASIS.

“ASIS is truly the premier security association for security-centric government and commercial entities, and I am thrilled to gain Life Member status in such an upstanding organization,” added Mr. Rosen.

Mr. Rosen founded SEM in 1967 to fill a clear need for high security disintegration equipment for the federal government. He has possessed numerous positions with SEM over the years, including sales and marketing and operations. Prior to founding SEM, Mr. Rosen served in the U.S. Army and is a Korean War Veteran, after which he served in management positions related to sales and marketing roles with various domestic and international manufacturers. A graduate of Boston University, Mr. Rosen continues to be actively involved with SEM day-to-day operations and serves as Chairman of the Board.

“In addition to strategic vision that laid the foundation for SEM’s success, Len possesses exceptional leadership capabilities that are directly responsible for the longevity of SEM employees, whose service can often be counted in decades rather than years,” commented Andrew Kelleher, President of SEM. “He valued and encouraged work-life balance and positive company culture before anyone even knew what they were, and SEM continues to operate in that vein. It is rare to find someone with the vision and integrity of Len Rosen.”

SEM Supports Civil Air Patrol

June 24, 2018 at 5:44 pm by Heidi White

SEM has made a donation to the Civil Air Patrol in honor of Karl Lotvedt, SEM DC Sales Support Representative, who is Commander of the Osprey Composite Squadron of the Maryland Wing of Civil Air Patrol.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a wholly volunteer organization that is an auxiliary of the USAF. CAP has three primary missions:

  1. Cadet programs: Teach cadets ages 12-21 about leadership, responsibility, respect, organization, drill, and ceremonies.
  2. Aerospace Education: Teach about how and why an airplane flies in which cadets get five hours in control of a single engine Cessna (next to the pilot) and five hours in a glider. They also have the opportunity to become a private pilot.
  3. Emergency Services: Search and rescue.

Karl’s role as a commander requires him to oversee all the training of his cadets and seniors (adult officers) to make sure they are ready when called for a mission, which are given to them by the USAF. Karl became involved with CAP in 2003 after he retired from the United States Air Force. He began at the Martin State Airport squadron in Essex before starting the Osprey Composite Squadron in Dundalk, MD.

“A lot of patriotism is lost in today’s world, especially among the younger people, and the CAP can help restore that,” commented Karl. “We’re a small squadron but we are there if we are ever needed.”

SEM is incredibly appreciative of Karl for his tireless efforts with Civil Air Patrol, and we are honored to support this noble cause. For more information, visit

SEM Donates to Local Food Bank

December 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Heidi White

SEM employees in the Westboro, MA corporate headquarters donated over 250 pounds of food to the Worcester County Food Bank. To incentivize employees to donate more food, SEM offered a gift card as a raffle prize for employees who donated. Employees received one ticket per 10 pounds of food donated. The best part? The winner decided to donate the gift card to the Worcester County Food Bank as well. We couldn’t be more proud of our employees and their dedication to supporting the local community.