As a matter of fact, franking machine were introduced first in 1884 as a solution to post office problems with regards to having a dependable and at the same time, secure payment system. The basic functionality of a franking machine is that, it is offering a method of prepaying the postage costs for mail by means of electronically keeping in touch with Royal Mail.
Every franking machine is connected to a business account and the owners need to pay for postage cost ahead of time and when the letter has to be posted, it needs the user to set the franking machine with the right inserts and date. This is basically franked by the company’s franking device. Nowadays however, inkjet technology is used on this purpose.
These franking machines come in different sizes and at the same time, it has different abilities for it to suit the business’ specific needs and requirements. It range from basic models which are made to cope up with small volume of letters to more complex models that are ideal for companies that are sending hundreds of letters in a day. Royal Mail offers countless of support system to franking machine owners including advice on how to successfully operate the machine, generous discounts on the cost of postage and so on.
Today, franking moved on and it has branched out, not only that people are able to benefit from franking machines at home but also, innovations such as label printing technology made it feasible for people to frank mails without having to use franking machine. By reading the next paragraphs, you will be able to uncover short overview how franking machines work.
Number 1. Weight – you have to put the mail item on your franking machine. The device will provide you the exact weight so it eliminates the risks of overpaying on the postage.
Number 2. Service and size – you choose the size and service you desire of the mail.
Number 3. Business message – this is actually where you need to add the message that you like to say by using the machine’s screen and buttons.
Number 4. Postage costs – the franking machine is automatically calculating the postage which does include the discounted cost for other franking machine users.
Number 5. Print – insert a label or envelope to the printer slot of your franking machine. The mail is franked with the appropriate postage company message, date, logo as well as unique code.
After you are done with these steps, you are done and start posting at your business posting box or local post office.