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Applied Magnetics KD-100 Key Tape Disintegrator / Shredder Review

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Applied Magnetics KD-100 Key Tape Disintegrator & ShredderDo you work for the government, a university or an organization that deals with key tape (punched tape) on a daily basis? Believe it or not, that data can create a security issue if it is not properly disposed of. One machine you can use to destroy key tape is the Applied Magnetics KD-100 Key Tape Disintegrator (found here). This is my review.

I can still remember when we added this machine to our site. I thought to myself, “people still use key tape?” It ends up the U.S. government, embassies, military and other still use key tape. In case you’re not familiar with key tape (aka punch tape), it is a thin roll of paper filled with tiny punched holes. These holes contain data that can be read and written by certain machines.

Applied Magnetics makes a wide variety of high-end equipment designed for specialized data destruction. This includes CD grinders, key tape disintegrators, hard drive degaussers and much more. The company has been in business since 1973.

The KD-100 key tape disintegrator has an opening just wide enough for key tape. Once fed in, the machine shreds and disintegrates the key tape into dust. It automatically feeds the tape in, requiring little manual effort. It literally looks like flour when it comes out of the machine. This renders the key tape useless. The KD-100 is NSA/CSS 04-01 approved.

The KD-100 weighs in at 40 pounds shipped. This makes the KD-100 easy to move around. The top of the machine rests on a hinge, making internal components easy to service and clean.

A vacuum system helps keep dust down to a minimum and makes it easy to gather and dispose of disintegrated paper. A six-gallon bin holds the shredded dust. Six-gallons, when considering the compact nature of the disintegrated dust, holds a lot of key tape.

If you’re familiar with Applied Magnetics products, you’ll know that they make some of the highest quality data destruction equipment available today. The KD-100 is no exception. This machine is designed for continues, reliable use.

If you need a specialized key tape shredder, this machine is definitely what you need. You can find the Applied Magnetics KD-100 Key Tape Disintegrator here. You can find our entire line of Applied Magnetics products here.

Applied Magnetics Infostroyer 101 CD Destroyer Review

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Applied Magnetics Infostroyer 101 CD DestroyerDestroying unused information seems like a no-brainer. You certainly don’t want sensitive information falling into the wrong hands. One thing a lot of people don’t think of is that compact disks (CDs) also need to be destroyed. In fact, one CD can hold thousands of pages of data. One good way to destroy this data is by using a CD destroyer like the Applied Magnetics Infostroyer 101 (found here). This is my review.

The Applied Magnetics Infostroyer 101 is a CD destroyer, sometimes referred to as a CD grinder. The science behind the machine is sound. You insert the disk into the machine and it grinds the disk down, destroying the data and making it completely unreadable. The machine is automatic. Put in a disk and the machine does the rest. It can destroy CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs.

The Infostroyer is NSA approved (NSA/CSS 04-02). This means it can be used by the government and military for the destruction sensitive and top-secret data. The entire CD grinding process takes about four seconds, which is really fast. This is fast.

The Infostroyer 101 is designed to be portable. It only weighs in at 19 pounds and is available with an optional carrying case with wheels and telescoping handle. This makes the Infostroyer 101 deployable.

Are you feeling patriotic or are you required to buy American? We have you covered. Our entire line of Applied Magnetics shredders, disintegrators and grinders are made in the USA. The quality is unsurpassed.

One downside to the Infostroyer 101 is that it cannot be used to destroy DVDs. It is designed for CDs only. If you are destroying DVDs, you will need to upgrade to the Infostroyer 201 found here.

Overall I am very impressed with the Infostroyer 101 and consider it to be one of the fastest and most efficient ways to destroy CDs. You can find the Applied Magnetics Infostroyer 101 here. You can find our entire selection of CD shredders and destroyers here.

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