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Celebrating the Packaging Automation Eclipse R machine - 10 years on

Updated: Oct 11, 2023


In the fast-paced world of production, efficiency and adaptability are paramount. PAL (Packaging Automation Ltd) recognises this need and, for the past 10 years, the Eclipse R semi-automatic tray sealer has been at the forefront of revolutionising the packaging industry. This semi-automatic machine is designed to bring low-level automation into the production environment, providing a high level of flexibility, ease of use, and energy efficiency that sets it apart from the competition.

The Eclipse R semi-automatic machine has been nothing short of revolutionary, combining innovation, flexibility, and sustainability to meet the ever-evolving needs of modern production environments.


One standout feature of the Eclipse R is the fully electric POWERDRIVE™ technology.

This innovation eliminates the need for compressed air, making this machine more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Additionally, Eclipse machines have an automatic standby mode when not in use, further conserving energy.


Efficient and User Friendly

PAL understands that ease of use is crucial in fast-paced production settings. The Eclipse R machine is equipped with a user-friendly high-clarity HMI touch screen, ensuring operators can quickly navigate and adjust settings. The interactive HMI provides helpful prompts, making it easy to monitor and control temperature accurately. Automatic recipe-driven film setup, film snap protection, and a guided film loading path simplify the packaging process.


Intelligent Features & Future Proof

The Eclipse R is not just user-friendly but also intelligent. This machine comes with automatic recipe-driven film setup and film snap protection. With servo-controlled film feed, even delicate foil film can be sealed to trays seamlessly.


Hygienic & Flexible Tooling

Maintaining hygiene standards is paramount in the food industry. The Eclipse R is built with full hygienic and robust construction, complying with industry standards. The open construction machine bed allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. Moreover, boasting a two-minute tool changeover, quick-release tools, and an inbuilt tool docking system that aligns electrical and gas connectors. Lightweight tooling, quick-release cutting blades, and waterproof heater mats ensure rapid warm-up times and enhance flexibility.


Materials & Innovation

The Eclipse R is not limited by the type of materials it can handle.

It can heat seal reel-fed film, paper, or laminate lids to various containers, including CPET, Polypropylene, PVC, Styrene, Board, Smooth-walled foil, pre-cut board, Pulp, Paper, Plastic, and many others. This versatility makes it a valuable asset in diverse production environments.


PAL takes innovation a step further by offering a trials facility at their factory in Knutsford. This facility allows customers to carry out trials and produce sample packs, guided by experienced packaging seal technologists. PAL's experts can help customers develop new packaging concepts and explore environmentally friendly alternatives, leveraging their wealth of experience and knowledge.


The Eclipse R has proven itself as a game-changer in the packaging industry. With a decade of innovation, this machine embodies efficiency, flexibility, sustainability, and user-friendliness. They not only meet the needs of today's production environments but also stand ready for the challenges of tomorrow.


To find out more about the Eclipse R click here or contact the sales team here.

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