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. 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.
Franking machines are connected to a business account and for its owners, they should pay for postage cost in advance so by that, when the letter has to be posted, it will need the user to just set the franking machine along with its inserts and date. This is basically franked by the company’s franking device. But in today’s time, inkjet technology is what used for this purpose.
These franking machines come in different sizes and at the same time, it has different abilities for it to suit the business’ specific needs and requirements. It is ranging from basic models which are designed to cope up with smaller volume of letters to the more complex models that are great for companies that send hundreds of letters in a 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.
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 – on the franking machine, you should just put the mail item on it. 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 – on the mail you want, you simply need to choose the service and size.
Number 3. Business message – this is where you have to add the message you want to say using the machine’s screen and buttons.
Number 4. Postage costs – the franking machine is automatically calculating the postage which does include the discounted cost for other franking machine users.
Number 5. Print – you have to insert the label or envelop to printer slot of franking machine. The mail will then be franked with the right date, postage company message or logo and the unique code.
After you are done with these steps, you are done and start posting at your business posting box or local post office.