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. Basic premise of a franking machine is the fact that they are offering a method of prepaying postage costs for the mail by staying in touch electronically with 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 basically franked by the company’s franking device. But in today’s time, things have changed and inkjet technology is what used.
Franking machines have different capabilities and sizes as well for it to meet the specific needs and requirements of the business that will be using it. 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. In the next lines, I will give you a brief overview of how these franking machines work.
Number 1. Weight – on the franking machine, you should just put the mail item on it. 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 – as a matter of fact, franking machines calculate automatically the postage which also includes the discounted cost for other users of franking machines.
Number 5. Print – insert a label or envelope to the printer slot of your franking machine. The mail will then be franked with the right date, postage company message or logo and the unique code.
Once you are through with these steps, you are now set to post at business posting box or local post office.