Dahle CleanTEC Shredders Explained

April 26, 2019
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Dahle CleanTEC Paper Shredders, Several Models

Dahle is a world-renowned manufacturer of data destruction products, most famous for their premium paper shredders with top-of-the-line cutting cylinders. Since 1930, Dahle has been engineering German-quality products synonymous with innovation and longevity. Recently they released a new line of paper shredders with the title "CleanTEC", which features brand new technology for shredders that makes them the most convenient and cleanest way to destroy paperwork for your office. In this article we want to go over what exactly CleanTEC means and how it can benefit your business.

What does CleanTEC actually mean?

Air pollution poses a health risk not only outdoors, but also in the office. Copiers, printers and fax machines are known sources of dust polluted air. Document shredders are also known to produce dust particles which can effect air quality.

CleanTEC is a copyrighted term that Dahle created to indicate when their shredders have a specialized filter built-in. This filter virtually eliminates fine paper dust completely, which makes the air in your office healthier and cleaner.

Is paper dust actually harmful?

According to Scientific American¹, paper dust particles are considered a hazard can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat, exacerbating respiratory problems for your staff. People who work in environments with a lot of paper dust particles have developed occupational asthma from breathing in the fine dust. Some others report higher incidents of respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, migraines, and sore throats.

How does CleanTEC work?

A specially manufactured filtration system within the Dahle CleanTEC shredders capture up to 98% of the fine paper dust that naturally occurs when shredding. It is located directly above the cutting cylinders and permanently captures these particles before they have a chance to be blown into the air. This is a closed system that prevents particles from ever entering the air, and is effective against ultra fine <100nm particles². Eliminating that risk keeps your office air quality cleaner and healthier for your workers, which is especially important when you work in a closed-up office without fresh air from windows. The filter was created by Freudenberg, a global technology leader in filtration, and is halogen-free, which means it can be disposed of with normal office waste.

Dahle CleanTEC Fine Dust Filtration Comparison Chart

Dahle CleanTEC Shredder, an Inside Look


¹ Scientific American

² From Dahle: Results of a measurement taken by the DMT testing institute for air hygiene on behalf of TÜV Nord (excerpt) using a Dahle 41534 CleanTEC® and a Dahle 40514 shredder. (30x insertions of 10 sheets of paper during the measurement)


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