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 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 franked with the company’s franking impression. But in today’s time, things have changed and inkjet technology is what used.
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 is offering tons of support to franking machine owners which include advice on successful running of machines and at the same time, generous discounts on the cost of postage.
These days, franking moved on and it branched out, not just that people can benefit from franking machines at home but the innovations similar to label printing technology have made it possible for people to frank mails without using a 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 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 an envelope to printer slot of the 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.