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New BIO Cremation Website Launched!
July 30, 2010, 5:09 pm
Filed under: Green Cremation

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new informational website dedicated solely to BIO Cremation™, a new green alternative to traditional flame cremation. The website http://www.biocremationinfo.com exists to educate consumers, legislatures, media networks and industry professionals about the national adoption within the funeral service, environmental benefits for the community and meaningful “end of life” alternative for arranging families.

BIO Cremation is based on the alkaline hydrolysis process, an earth-friendly, water-based process that minimizes emissions (particulates, greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide, mercury, etc.) admitted into the atmosphere. “There are a lot of myths and misconceptions involving the BIO Cremation process”, says Steven Schaal, President of Matthews Cremation North American Division. “This website will help to dispel those myths and keep our focus on becoming good stewards of the environment when it comes to end of life decisions.”

The first BIO Cremation crematory is schedule for installation at the Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg Florida pending final permits.



Simple Tweaks to Make Your Cremation Operations Earth-Friendly
July 22, 2010, 2:12 pm
Filed under: Green Cremation | Tags: , ,

Our fearless leader Paul Rahill provides several tips on making your cremation equipment environmentally friendly. Here are several environmental practices you can adopt unto your current cremation operations.

  1. Increase retention time will allow the cremation equipment to increase the cleansing action, which in turn will lower emissions. Replace or upgrade current, outdated cremation equipment is the best route to a greener environment.
  2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and CANA recommend that the ideal secondary chamber temperature is 1,400 degrees F. You can add or adapt temperature control systems to older and existing cremation equipment for added suel savings.
  3. Configure opacity controls, optical scanning devices that monitor emmissions, to take action if they detect unwarranted occurences (i.e. visible smoke in the stack). Most existing cremation equipment in crematories can be retro fitted for a reasonable cost.
  4. Oxygen control allows for improved performance and costs. Controlling oxygen reduces emissions and cuts fuel consumption.


Fifteen Seconds of Fame
July 21, 2010, 1:18 pm
Filed under: The Fun in Funeral

We recently received a fleeting moment of fame on the silver screen when our cremation equipment was spotted in the summer action flick, The A-Team. Based on the TV series of the same name, the movie makes use in a scene where the character of Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith is placed in a cremation chamber while faking his own demise. The equipment featured is the old analog control panel now being slowly replaced by the new M-Pyre touch screen, but the Matthews name is clearly seen.

“Don’t blink. It’s only a five second scene at best, but companies pay big bucks for product placement in movies so it’s nice to get some free screen time” says Steven Schaal, President of our North American Division.

Most industry insiders will wince at the glaring mistakes related to this scene – the absence of a container, the toe-tag stating “heart attack” instead of “cardiac arrest” and the doubt that anyone would be able to survive the initial blast of the burners let alone be able to break open the door from the inside.  It all makes for good fun though – especially if you are a fan of the original TV series. The A-Team producers made use of several other real devices including a PhysioControl LifePak 7 defibrillator to jumpstart a car and real Mecta SR1 ECT (a device used to induce a very mild seizure under controlled conditions) to zap James “Howling Mad” Murdock.

With a little luck, they’ll make a sequel in a few years and show off the new M-Pyre touch screen.