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Cremation Basics: The Three T’s
February 11, 2011, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Green Cremation, Technical Issues

The three T’s of proper pollution control are Temperature, Time and Turbulence.  Keeping these three factors in proper alignment are critical to the prevention of smoke and odor (i.e. pollution). Additionally, controlling these elements will go a long way towards higher efficiency and less maintenance issues.

Sustaining a proper temperature range plays a major role in the proper operation and efficiency of cremation equipment.  Most cremation units are designed to operate most efficiently when the after-chamber holds a temperature between 1400˚F – 1800˚F. Above or below this range can result in unwanted pollution problems. Of course you will want to check with your manufacturer’s specifications to get the proper temperature range for your machine.

Equally important as temperature is the retention time.  The retention time refers to the amount of time that the gases are exposed to the specific temperature. This will ensure total combustion of the smoke and odor from the exhaust gas before it leaves the stack. Environmental authorities throughout the United States and Canada have different regulations and most of these governing authorities require an after-chamber operating temperature of 1400˚F – 1800˚F with a retention time of .5 – 1 second.

The third T is turbulence. Turbulence refers to how much the air is mixed up inside the cremation equipment. It’s created by the presence of baffle walls and restrictions in the path of the exhaust gases. Without turbulence, proper time and temperature will be of little help and total combustion will not occur.  If any one of the three T’s is not present or insufficient, a pollution problem is likely to occur.

Rule of Thumb
Hotter is not always better: It’s a common misconception that if 1400˚ F is good, any temperature about that is even better. This isn’t true. Temperatures between 1400˚F – 1800˚F are of a certain volume. When gas cools, the volume decreases and likewise, as the temperatures get hotter, the gases expand. As the volume become too large, it moves more rapidly through the after-chamber, cause the retention time to lower and consequently causing pollution problems.

A balance of all three T’s must be maintained to ensure proper pollution control and operational efficiency.

IEB Series 8 – 20
February 7, 2011, 5:30 pm
Filed under: Pet Cremation, Promotions, Technical Issues

Not all cremation equipment are created alike, nor are the needs of crematories. This is why Matthews Cremation offers a wide variety of models based on the overall volume and budget of the cremation facility.

Take the IEB Series 8, 16 & 20 as an example. This is our line of entry-level pet cremation equipment, great for start-ups and funeral homes getting into the pet loss care business. This line is very well suited for low to moderate volumes of individual and small batch communal cremations.

The IEB 20 - the largest of our entry-level cremation units.

The IEB 8 can easily handle around 1,000 cremations a year and has a safe load capacity of up to 200 lbs. This is perfect for facilities handling household pets. The IEB 20 handles up to 500 lbs. and can perform about 2,500 cremations annually, making it an excellent choice for facilities planning to do small communal or segregated cremations as well as individual services.

These units all have a relatively small footprint – all are 6′ 5″ wide and 8′ 4″ tall. Only the length of the machine varies with the longest being the IEB 20 measuring in at 12′ 9.5″.

Included with the price of admission: Start-up & training, 10′ of stainless steel exhaust stack and storm collar, environmental submittals and operating tools.

And of course now we have cash back incentives of $2,500 for this series, making it an even better deal. If you are on the fence, don’t sit there for too long because this offer is only good until February 28, 2011.

Call us at (888) 837-3982 to learn more.

Cash Back on Select Equipment
February 1, 2011, 4:51 pm
Filed under: Promotions

For the first time in our history, Matthews Cremation is offering generous cash back incentives, up to $10,000 for equipment purchased between now and February 28, 2011.

The cash back offer applies to our best-selling human & pet equipment – from our entry-level IEB 8 animal incinerator, able to handle up to 75 lbs/hour to our Ener-Tek IV with 75 minute or less cremation time.

Whatever you needs, there is a machine that will fit your business AND your budget.

Act now to receive cash back on the following equipment:

Human Equipment:

Power Pak II

Power Pak II: Ranked the #1 "Best Seller" in North America for the past fifteen years.

  • Power Pak II – $5,000 cash back
  • Super Power Pak III – $7,500 cash back
  • Ener Tek IV – $10,000 cash back

Animal Equipment

  • IEB 8 – IEB 20 – $2,500 cash back
  • IEB 26 – IEB 40 – $5,000 cash back
  • IEB 50 – IEB 100 – $10,000 cash back

Financing is Available!

Interested? Call us at (888) 837-3982 and ask to speak to one of our knowledgeable equipment consultants today.

A promotion like this has never happened before and it may never happen again so call now!

The Fine Print: Cash incentive can be applied towards finance buy down, equipment discount or accessory purchase. Must take delivery by September 2011. Offer valid from February 1, 2011 until February 28, 2011. No other discounts or incentives will apply. Applies to North America only.