It was way back in 1884 were the first franking machine was invented and introduced to the general public as an answer to the longstanding problem of post office with regards to having a dependable and secure payment. The basic premise of franking machine is that, they offer a method of prepaying postage costs for mail by staying in touch electronically with the Royal Mail.
Every franking machine is connected to a certain business account and owners have to pay for postage cost ahead of time, when the letter needs posting, it requires the user to set the franking machine with the proper inserts and date the letter. This is franked using the company’s franking impression. But in today’s time, inkjet technology is what used for this purpose.
Franking machines are available in different sizes and it also have different capabilities to fit the needs and requirements of various businesses. 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. As you read the next paragraphs, I am going to give you a short overview of how franking machines work.
Number 1. Weight – you simply need to put the mail item onto the franking machine. The device will then show you the weight of the item which helps in eliminating the odds of overpaying for 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 – franking machine calculates the postage automatically which includes as well the discounted costs for other franking machine users.
Number 5. Print – you have to insert the label or envelop to printer slot of franking machine. The mail is franked with the appropriate postage company message, date, logo as well as unique code.
After all these steps, you are done and you can now post at your business posting box or local post office.