Automated Food Packaging Systems

Our Automated Food Packaging Systems

Prime Automated food packaging systems are labour-saving investments that reduce costs and increase the safety and efficiency of food packaging. Our lines can process hundreds of units per minute reliably and cheaply.

Prime manufactures and offers bucket elevator components and parts, so we always have stock available. If you need a replacement part or service, we can provide it as well. We guarantee the quality of our products, so you can trust that your bucket elevator will continue to work for years to come.

Fill Cartons and Bags


Our automated packaging systems take bulk food items, such as almonds or oat groats, insert them into cartons or bags, stack the resulting units onto pallets, and then wrap them to protect the contents.

Safety Fences Fitted as Standard


Our automated packaging lines help you prevent workers from coming into contact with moving parts in the systems. They also minimise contamination of food products and enhance productivity by protecting line equipment. All our lines meet the AS4024 standard, a set of rules that specify the requirements for Australian safety cages.

End-to-end Installation


Prime offers comprehensive supply and commission of fully automated packing lines. Our team can install bespoke systems to meet your desired throughput, hygiene, and safety needs.

Automatic Food Packaging Features

Modern food packaging systems offer a range of features to deliver high reliability and low cost. 

  • Barrier protection to enhance worker safety and reduce moisture, bacterial contamination, and unwanted odours
  • Set up and control entire lines from a single location
  • Integrate and update lines when production requirements change
  • Manager performance with ease from a centralised console
  • Get automation software that manages the speed of the line, reducing changeover downtime
  • Easy cleaning
  • Data collection, archiving and storage


A food packaging system is a collection of methods designed to protect food products against damage, spoilage, and loss. Primary packaging systems concern solutions that come into direct contact with the food, while secondary systems involve designing packaging that encloses the primary packaging. Some systems deliver tertiary packaging, which encompasses multiple units with secondary packaging (such as a cardboard box surrounding multiple boxed ready meals).

There are several types of food packaging available. Plastic packaging is one of the most widely used, thanks to its low cost, versatility, flexibility, and lightweight. 


Some manufacturers use metal packaging, such as foil, cans, and trays. Metal is a particularly good material for products requiring thermal processing, such as soups, meats, and seafood. 


Glass packaging is also common, thanks to its inertness and clarity. Glass lets consumers view products inside before they purchase them. Common storage vessels using the material include jars, bottles, and vials. 


Paper and paperboard packaging is another option. These are usually for dry foods with low-fat content, such as sugar, cereals, tea, and coffee.


Finally, some brands use compostable and biodegradable packaging. These are special types of packaging that degrade under natural conditions without remaining in the ground long-term, causing harm. Most are made of algae, fungi, or cellulose derivatives. 

In Australia, manufacturers must follow the Food Standards Code, which includes stipulations to ensure food in contact with packaging remains safe. According to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the government agency responsible for setting standards in both countries, food firms must follow the requirements under Standard 3.2.2 – Food Safety Practices and General Requirements. These include ensuring food doesn’t become contaminated during packaging, only using materials that won’t cause contamination, and using fit-for-purpose packaging. 

The primary functions of food packaging systems are protecting food against contaminants, preventing leaks, providing information to consumers about products, marketing, and physical protection. Food packaging can also facilitate portion control and determine the environment of the stored food, such as pH or moisture levels.