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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.

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