How Does a Pitney Bowes Mailing System Work?

by Benjamin Aries - Updated September 26, 2017

Function

Pitney Bowes mailing systems are designed to make mail processing simple and efficient. Mailing systems combine inkjet printing with postage processing, allowing one unit to label and stamp multiple pieces of mail. Additionally, Pitney Bowes are able to keep track of the amount of postage spent on several different accounts, allowing for simple accounting and expense reporting.

By calculating and applying the exact amount of postage required on every piece of mail, mailing systems help save money by ensuring accuracy. The system helps in eliminating guesswork regarding postage, resulting in significant savings over time.

Postage

In order to calculate and apply the correct postage rates, Pitney Bowes systems use digital scales. This scale is able to weigh letters and small packages up to five pounds. Once the letter has been correctly weight, postage is automatically calculated.

To eliminate the time consuming manual look up of postal rates, Pitney Bowes systems are able to check current rates automatically. This is accomplished through an online connection to the U.S. Post Office. The system supports several different classes of mail, ranging from First Class to International. When postage rates change, the system is notified and updated electronically.

Printing

Once the correct amount of postage has been calculated, a Pitney Bowes mailing system is ready to print. The built-in inkjet printer is able to imprint both addresses, and a printed stamp code. This printed stamp eliminates the need to purchase and apply separate adhesive stamps.

This printing system allows letters to be addressed and stamped at a rate of up to forty envelopes per minute. Addresses can be accessed from a mailing list or database, allowing each letter to be customized. An automatic moistener assists in making letters easy to seal and send.

About the Author

Benjamin Aries has been involved in digital media for much of his life and began writing professionally in 2009. He has lived in several different states and countries, and currently writes while exploring different parts of the world. Aries specializes in technical subjects. He attended Florida State University.

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