The very first franking machine was introduced in 1884 as a solution to problems that the post office had been dealing with for a very long time when it comes to having a secure and dependable 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 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 with 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. This basically range from the basic models that is good for handling small letter volume to the more complex models that are perfect for companies that send hundreds of letters per 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.
In today’s time, franking has made significant changes were people aren’t just going to benefit from franking machines at home but developments and advancements like label printing technology made it possible for people to frank the mails without making use of 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 – 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 – on the mail you want, you simply need to choose the service and size.
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 – insert a label or envelope to the printer slot of your franking machine. Mail is franked using the right logo, message of the company and also unique code.
Once you are through with these steps, you are now set to post at business posting box or local post office.