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 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, 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. The Royal Mail does offer valuable support to owners of these franking machines such as giving advice on how to properly use the machines and even give generous discounts on postage cost.
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. In the next lines, I will give you a brief overview of how these 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 must pick the service and size of the mail you want.
Number 3. Business message – on the machine’s buttons and screen, this is where you should add the message you like to say.
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 – you have to insert the label or envelop to printer slot of franking machine. Mail is franked using the right logo, message of the company and also unique code.
After all these steps, you are done and you can now post at your business posting box or local post office.