United States Patent  [li] Patent Number: 4,918,601
Vermesse  Date of Patent: Apr. 17,1990
4,835,700 5/1989 Tanaka et al 364/192 X
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
0133344 2/1985 European Pat. Off. .
1581680 12/1980 United Kingdom .
2142876 1/1985 United Kingdom .
Primary Examiner—Parshotam S. Lall
Assistant Examiner—Edward R. Cosimano
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Sughrue, Mion, Zinn,
Macpeak & Seas
The invention relates to an electronic franking machine having a keyboard, a display, and using a first set of messages for normal franking operations and a second set of messages for special operations. In a machine in accordance with the invention, the first set of messages includes a stamp value message confirmed in one-off mode or in burst mode, and a stamp value message confirmed in limited burst mode. The second set of messages includes a beginning-of-menu message including an option for changing mode, a message for selecting operating mode including a one-off option for oneby-one franking operations, a burst option for an unlimited number of franking operations, and a limited burst option for performing a number N of franking operations, a message for confirming the selected mode, and a message for selecting the number N of pieces applicable to limited burst mode.
7 Claims, 12 Drawing Sheets