AUSTRIA. ATM issues (2017 - ...)

   
In 2017, the Austrian Post philatelic department decided to decommission the Sielaff kiosks and replace them with new equipment manufactured by the company Inform. Both types of equipment coexisted for six months, each with its own printing system, with the consequent duplication of varieties ... plus some programming errors.

Farewell to SIELAFF kiosks

Between 2006 and 2007, Österreichische Post AG acquired a total of nine Automatenwertzeichen (AWZ) or variable value stamp vending machines, manufactured by the German company Sielaff GmbH & Co.

These machines (AWZ 1 to AWZ 9) were installed in post offices and at the premises of the philatelic service, and were also used temporarily at many philatelic events (see article, also published in VARIABLE 2).
In the images, the Sielaff AWZ 9 kiosk installed in the lobby of the Fleischmarkt post office, in the center of Vienna, in service until the end of March 2018.

After 10 years in service, the philatelic service decided to remove all the Sielaff machines, and replace them with a new kiosk model manufactured by the Austrian company Inform GmbH. From October 2nd 2017, all the variable value stamps supplied by the philatelic service were pre-printed on an Inform machine. However, the eight public service Sielaff kiosks remained in operation over the following months until the end of March 2018, so all the scheduled imprints during that period were produced in two different printing varieties. Moreover, at the request of some collectors and dealers, the philatelic service issued stamps with the new Inform equipment with all the designs and imprints produced (at least) since January 2016.
For the printing of stamps, both machines use a similar font, although it is possible to see some differences.

Sielaff Inform
- Printing by ink, with a dot matrix printer
- Grey/black tones imprint
- More expanded text
- The face value adds '0' in values below 10
- Face value height: 25 mm.
- Printing by thermal transfer printer
- Dark black imprint
- More compressed text
- Sans serif font, 'I' instead of 'I'
- Face value height: 30 mm

At the start of March 2018, as a farewell, before shutting them down permanently, the postal company gathered five of the Sielaff kiosks in the lobby of the company's headquarters and the philatelic service shop - Philatelie 21, in Steinheilgasse, in Vienna.

For one month, until the end of March 2018, the AWZ 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 kiosks were in operation for the last time and available to visitors.

Each machine had a small sign on top, depicting the designs and the text printed on the stamps.


Via the screen menus and side option buttons, the machine enabled the direct purchase of one or more stamps with the main current postage rates, in addition to sets of stamps made up of several values ​​(see last screen). By selecting the 'Value selected' option, the user could obtain stamps with any face value, starting from 1c .
Payment was only possible with coins, and the change was returned in the form of one or more stamps with the programmed 'residual values'.
At the user's request, the kiosk could print a receipt for the operation, printed on thermal paper.



The new INFORM philatelic kiosks

Österreichische Post AG will replace the Sielaff equipment with a new philatelic kiosk manufactured by the local company Inform GmbH. As can be seen in the images, it is similar to the postal kiosks of the same company, installed since the end of 2012 in post offices throughout the country (see article, also published in VARIABLE 28). Both models of kiosks have the same case and devices, although the new machine has an additional coin payment device, in addition to the card reader, together with a GSM antenna. Specific software will allow it's use for philatelic purposes.

For the printing of the stamps, this new kiosk is also fitted with a Citizen CL-S621 thermal transfer printer (not direct thermal), which will guarantee the permanence of the stamps imprint.

The Austrian postal administration has acquired six units, which could be installed from mid-July 2018.


ATM issues 2017

As in previous years, the Austrian philatelic service prepared a series of two designs to be used with the Sielaff and Inform equipments throughout the year, plus another special series, available only during the Christmas season.

The ninth definitive series featuring floral themes (called 'Sommer 9' by the philatelic service) features the flowers of the primula farinosa and the fir tree. The two designs are by Tristan Fischer and the rolls of gummed labels were manufactured by Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V., printed by offset.

Text: PHILA PUNKT
Printing varieties: Sielaff (philatelic service and kiosk installed in Steinheilgasse, Vienna) & Inform (philatelic service)
Date of issue: January 9th 2017
Text: PHILATELIE.SHOP
Printing varieties: Sielaff (philatelic service and kiosk installed at Fleischmarkt post office, Vienna) & Inform (philatelic service)
Date of issue: January 9th 2017
Text: SONDERPOSTAMT
Printing varieties: Sielaff (philatelic service and kiosk installed at Philatelie 21, Steinheilgasse, Vienna) & Inform (philatelic service)
Date of issue: January 9th 2017
Text: MARKE&MÜNZE 17
Printing varieties: Sielaff (philatelic service and kiosk installed at the philatelic exhibition, in Seiersberg) & Inform (philatelic service)
Date of issue: From May 19th to 21st 2017
Text: GMUNDEN 2017
Printing varieties: Sielaff (philatelic service and kiosk installed at the philatelic exhibition, in Gmunden) & Inform (philatelic service)
Date of issue: From August 24th to 27th 2017

From October 2nd 2017, the philatelic service decommissioned its Sielaff kiosk and started to print the ATMs or variable value stamps on the new Inform equipment; these included the current designs and new imprints, but also earlier designs and imprints, on demand.

Text: ÖVEBRIA 2017
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed at the philatelic exhibition, in Hirtenberg)
Date of issue: From October 6th to 8th 2017
Text: GSIBRIA 2017
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed at the philatelic exhibition, in Lustenau)
Date of issue: From November 10th to 12th 2017

   

The tenth special series for Christmas 2017 is composed of two designs by Tristan Fischer with festive motifs: a church in a snowy landscape and a mistletoe decoration with a Christmas bauble. The rolls of gummed labels were manufactured by Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V., printed by offset.

Text: CHRISTKINDL 17
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosks in Postamt Christkindl and Steinheilgasse, Vienna)
Date of issue: From December 1st to January 6th 2018
Note: Also Sielaff incorrect imprints CHRISTKINDL 2017, CHRISTKINDL2017 & CRISTKINDL 2017 (More)
Text: FROHES FEST 17
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed in Steinheilgasse, Vienna)
Date of issue: From December 1st to 24th 2017
Note: Also the incorrect imprint FROHES FEST, with no year (Inform & Sielaff)
Text: NUMIPHIL 2017
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed at the philatelic and numismatic exhibition, in Vienna)
Date of issue: December 1st & 2nd 2017
Text: PHILA PUNKT
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed at Steinheilgasse, Vienna)
Date of issue: From December 1st to January 6th 2018
Text: PHILATELIE.SHOP
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed in the Fleischmarkt post office, Vienna)
Date of issue: From December 1st to January 6th 2018
Text: SONDERPOSTAMT
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed at the Philatelie 21, Steinheilgasse, Vienna)
Date of issue: From December 1st to January 6th 2018
Text: STILLE NACHT 17
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed in the Stille Nacht-Platz Museum, in Oberndorf)
Date of issue: From December 8th to 24th 2017

   

Christkindl post office

The two Sielaff kiosks installed, permanently, in Postamt Christkindl deserve a special mention. This is a temporary post office opened only during the Christmas season and very popular with collectors and visitors.

The office has two special postmarks with Christmas motifs, one used until the day after Christmas, illustrated with a Nativity scene, and another used until the closing date of the post office, dedicated to the Magi.



In operation since December 2006 during the days the post office was open, both machines issued variable value stamps with the two Christmas designs of the year and the temporary imprint with the name of the office, 'CHRISTKINDL' followed by the year in two digit format. Unfortunately, over Christmas 2017, several errors in the programming caused the appearance of stamps with up to five different text variants !

The text 'CRISTKINDL 2017' (with no 'H') was programmed in error on December 1st, the first day of issue after an electrical breakdown, and was available at least for all the following day. When postal clerks corrected it, they forgot the space between the text and the year, so during the following days the machine on the left issued stamps with the text 'CHRISTKINDL2017' and the one on the right with the text 'CHRISTKINDL 2017'.

Text: CHRISTKINDL 2017
(Year in four digits '2017', instead of two '17')
Sielaff kiosk installed in Postamt Christkindl
Text: CRISTKINDL 2017
(Wrong programming without the 'H' at CHRISTKINDL)

Error at one of the Sielaff kiosks installed in Postamt Christkindl
Text: CHRISTKINDL2017
(No space between CHRISTKINDL & 2017)
Error at one of the Sielaff kiosks installed in Postamt Christkindl

Text: CHRISTKINDL 17
(Right imprint)
Sielaff kiosk installed in Steinheilgasse, Vienna, in 2018

Text: CHRISTKINDL 17
(Right imprint)
Inform equipment used by the philatelic service


ATM issues 2018

The tenth definitive series featuring floral themes (called 'Sommer 10' by the philatelic service) features the flowers of the flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) and the devil's bite (Succisa pratensis). The two designs are by Tristan Fischer and the rolls of gummed labels were manufactured by Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V., printed by offset.

Text: PHILA PUNKT
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed in Steinheilgasse, Vienna)
Date of issue: January 8th 2018
Text: PHILATELIE.SHOP
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed at the Fleischmarkt post office, Vienna)
Date of issue: January 8th 2018
Text: SONDERPOSTAMT
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service) & Sielaff (Kiosk installed in Steinheilgasse, Vienna)
Date of issue: January 8th 2018
Text: ÖVEBRIA 2018
Printing varieties: Inform (philatelic service and philatelic exhibition in Klagenfurt)
Date of issue: From May 25th to 28th 2018

   






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