Following the increase in demand for the service, between October and November 2021 the Municipality of the city of Warsaw equipped itself with a second cremation line, by GEM Matthews, next to the existing one in operation since 2012. The plant was delivered on schedule in time, in accordance with the requirements of the Specifications drawn up by the Municipality of Warsaw.


It is the high-performance GEM CRM / 6R model, the most advanced of the range, suitable for working in a continuous cycle 24 hours a day, if necessary. This cremator has a fully automated operation, as it is equipped with a PLC that automatically adjusts the processes according to the detected parameters. Furthermore, a computerized supervision and management system of the cremation process remotely controls the different cremation stages via PC. On the Control Panel, the operator has a touchscreen panel with graphic interface at his disposal, where he can view all the information on the status of the cycle, with the necessary commands to be able to intervene manually when needed. The cremator automatically evaluates and records all parameters related to each cremation. Cremation cycles last an average of 80 minutes, in relation to the size of the coffin.

In the project, the flue gases are conveyed to the chimney through a refractory duct, placed under the floor, which is easy to access for cleaning and maintenance.


GEM CRM models have a monobloc structure, with front or rear ash discharge, of the “hot hearth” type: contrary to traditional cremators, in fact, Matthews technology puts the cremation chamber (or primary), in which the bodies are inserted, above the post-combustion (or secondary) chamber, into which the hot flue gases are conveyed, in order to optimize the consumption of auxiliary fuel. The beforementioned cremation hearth is designed to withstand loads up to 350 kg (the so-called XL coffins), against the usual 180 kg (standard coffins).

The design of CMR / 6R also takes into consideration the ergonomics of the machine, as the loading door is located 1.10 m from the ground to let the coffin enter easier and the discharge of the ashes is placed in a position that facilitates the work and health of operators.


In terms of environmental sustainability, GEM Matthews has the UNI EN ISO 14001 certification which guarantees the compatibility of the system that generates the products with the environmental safety standards in force in Europe.


Our Company is also in possession of the UNI EN ISO 9001 quality certification and is able to provide a service of technical assistance and scheduled maintenance in the Polish territory with a local team, on all types of cremation plants, to meet the needs of continuous service, which the administrations impose in an ever more stringent manner.


Finally, in 2018 the GEM also obtained the UNI EN ISO 45001 (designed to define objectives and policies in favor of the protection of workers with regard to risks and dangers they might incur in carrying out their activities), showing itself attentive to management policies of Health and Safety in the workplace.


By keeping this in mind, in the specific project the loading of the coffins is carried out through an automatic system with forks on rails, which allows employees to operate away from the reverberation of heat in safe conditions. In addition to avoiding the danger of radiation, this solution avoids the uneconomical cooling phase, which takes place at the end of the process to allow the insertion of the next coffin. In this way, operating times are reduced and consumption is optimized.

Furthermore, the fact that this plant is automatic makes the operator autonomous in loading, with net savings in manpower and manual activities.


At the end of the process, the cremation ashes, once cooled in the rear compartment integrated in the cremator, are treated by means of an ash processor. This machine also has automatic operation, which is activated by introducing the ash tray extracted from the cremator in the appropriate compartment; the system ensures that spills and manipulations of all kinds are avoided, making the refined ashes pass directly into the urn, avoiding the dispersion of volatile particles into the surrounding environment. The sprayer is also contained in an externally painted metal structure, with soundproof walls to contain acoustic emissions. Once again the operator's safety conditions are guaranteed, avoiding the risk of inhalation and prolonged exposure to noisy sources.

This reference is one of the latest achievements in Poland with over 70 plants installed by GEM Matthews in the last 15 years.