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.
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. Nowadays however, inkjet technology is used on 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 – 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 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 – insert a label or an envelope to printer slot of the 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.