8 May 2007 — Aylesbury (UK): New research from the Institute of Administrative Management (IAM) reveals that managers waste 3.5 days a year clearing shredder jams. The results showed that in a typical company of 75 staff, this amounts to a full-time job for one manager.
With 60 percent of members surveyed experiencing shredder jams at least once a month, the problem is said to cost businesses up to £30,000 ($59.7 million) in lost efficiency, but they also pose a potential security risk.
Almost all respondents (95 percent) said that they always shred confidential material when their shredder is in working order, but in the instance of a jam, one in four claimed to put confidential material in an unlocked drawer and some even admitted to putting it straight in the bin.
Acco Rexel is helping to ease the problem, having developed a new line of anti-jam shredders. Mike Stranders, European product manager, said: "We developed the Mercury anti-jam shredder range after undertaking our own research to find out what our customers’ critical criteria were when buying a shredder. We know how frustrating shredder jams can be to users, and this independent research highlights the huge impact jams have on the efficiency of a business. Our new range of Mercury shredders are not only robust and easy-to-use but will put an end to paper jams."
The range of ‘intelligent shredders’ launched by Rexel contain new Mercury anti-jam technology. A red light illuminates the feed area to warn when there is too much paper inserted and prevents the shredder from starting, whereas a green light signals ‘go ahead and shred’ as there is no risk of jamming the shredder.