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A closer look at Meltog's mobile shredding system

What is your product?

Flexible mobile shredding system to facilitate on-site shredding of confidential documents and computer data in the form of storage media.  Essentially the system involves the placing of an industrial shredding system onto a vehicle chassis and providing a secure means of processing and on-board storage. The Meltog system follows a modular approach that allows the vehicle operator to add shredding modules, such as a high security shredding unit, according to need.

How does it work?

The power developed by the vehicle’s engine is converted to hydraulic power which is used to power the shredding system.  The tremendous torque capability of modern turbocharged diesel engines provides significant levels of power at low engine speeds which is ideal for low speed shredding systems.  These systems process paper or media through the cutting knives resulting in shredded particle sizes from 16mm down to 6mm or lower, depending upon the client requirement.

Where would it ideally be used?

The service provided by these units is characteristically used by businesses and organisations that produce documents or other media containing sensitive data and where a breach in the management of that data could lead to dire consequences.  Banking institutions, police, law firms, hospital trusts, and military and security services represent a typical user profile, for these institutions, the merits of bringing the destruction unit to the point (premises) of use minimise the chances of that information being mislaid or lost.

How is it different?

The most fundamental difference to other products available in the UK is that the system is entirely British.  The mobile shredding system is designed and manufactured in the UK and is promoted and retailed by Meltog’s sister company MDS Limited. 

What benefits does it offer? 

The flexible approach taken in the initial design concept has resulted in a modular system.  An MDS-Meltog client can change their vehicle’s shredding capabilities to match changes in their business.  Modules such as a high security paper shredding cartridge or a computer media shredding unit can be added as a business grows or new contracts are won.  Equally, should they so wish, an MDS /Meltog client has access to the design department to allow customisation of any part of their vehicle from the chassis manufacturer to the make of hydraulic valve.  These features had been hitherto unavailable in this niche market sector, but are crucial in driving both the development of existing concepts and innovation of new, enhanced product.


Customisation and options make pricing difficult to specify, particularly as the cost of the chassis can have a significant influence.  However, a budget for a standard system would have to be in the order of £140,000 +

What about maintenance?

All routine maintenance requirements are managed by Meltog and work on a scheduled basis.

What is its life span?

Because these are mobile systems their lives are generally more arduous than those of their static counterparts, however, a fully maintained system will outlast the lifespan of the chassis.

How is it future-proofed?

By designing a modular system, changes can be readily managed by swapping the shredding units or cartridges.

Any future applications?

MDS plans to offer a cartridge swap system in the future, whereby operators can short term hire shredding cartridges for short term contracts.

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