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NSA Testing Demo

By Shopify API March 26, 2019

The National Security Agency (NSA) tests data destruction equipment by shredding reams of paper into the machine in question. While some of us would have liked to have shredded our final exams, NSA testing is actually very important to Whitaker Brothers. These tests can help verify that our equipment is suitable and reliable for business use. For our latest video blog we cover just how NSA testing actually works. Paper weight varies country to country. In Germany, for example, a shredder could take maybe 25 reams of paper at a time. When the same machine makes it way to the United States then a very frustrated customer discovers that the machine can only shred 20 reams paper. Like most jams, no one wants to experience that ordeal. That is where the NSA comes in. This government agency got together and decided to test these machines for one hour to see how much paper the shredder can take at a time. The company behind the machine should have a specific number of papers that can be shredded at a time, whether it is 11 or 15 reams of paper. Before the agency steps in to do their essential testing, it is important for the company to do a general pre-test before hands. We chose to test 12 reams of paper for our demonstration video. Rapidly, a different set of ream was placed into the shredder for a brief moment. For the actual NSA testing nothing brief will occur as the agency tests for one hour, non-stop. However many reams the shredder can take at a time becomes the NSA approval rating. 

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