The Pitney Bowes DM100i is a low-volume (up to 30 letters/day) semi-automatic digital mailing system, which can mail up to 20 mailing items per minute. The machine utlises IntelliLink via its internal modem which enables two-way communication for tariff charge updates, software upgrades and logo/advertisement to be printed on outgoing mail. An integral 2.5kg weighing scale enables letters and small packages to have their correct postage calculated, thus obviating the need for a separate set of scales. The DM100i can process envelopes up to 9.5mm in thickness.
Although this is not an exhaustive list of the DM100i capabilities or functions, it does give a flavour of its versatility and primary functional use.
- A front facing operator console offers a comprehensive list of function keys where the operator can input commands and view them on a small LCD panel.
- Two rearward facing interfaces for an RJ11 plug (phone) and a USB port to enable connectivity to a PC are available.
- Running mail can be done in two different ways; by either using the integrated scales or by entering the item weight manually to calculate postage.
- An optional Envelope Message, usually a graphic advert and/or text message can also be printed alongside the postal frank.
- Up to 100 departmental accounts can be set up.
- Preset (pre-defined set of input) keys for ‘normal’ mail and/or up to five custom presets are included.
- Adding postage funds to the machine can be done either through the dial-up line or through a connected PC accessing your online Postage by Phone account. This connection enables all domestic and worldwide postage rates to be installed on the machine automatically. Note: This connectivity is a mandatory requirement for software/postal rate updates and postal auditing purposes.
- Basic system options, such as time/date setting and passwords are activated through the operator console.
- Maintenance is generally low-level and normally involves changing the Ink cartridge and printing test images.
- Troubleshooting problems with the DM100i normally involves referring to the User Manual or to the error message/codes on the operator display panel.
- Reporting is well covered with quite an extensive list of account and postage summaries, all printed from the machine itself.
Although the Pitney Bowes DM100i is now a discontinued model, it may still be possible to purchase a new machine with an indicative price range of £1,000 to £3,000. The availability of second-user machines seems to be low, possibly due to the restriction on purchasing only through authorised postage meter manufacturers. Pitney Bowes offer machine rental facility which would cost £15 to £49 per month depending on the model.
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