The origin of Spanish ATMs  (2)

When the rolls of self adhesive labels run out, the main post offices must place new orders for their own franking balances and also for those of the branch post offices that they supply.

Until 2002 this process was made through the Unidad de sellos y efectos postales (Stamps and postal products Unit) of the area. Following an internal bulletin in April 2002, requests for rolls of labels and rolls of thermal paper (used for receipts) were to be made directly to the Correos Unidad de Almacenes y Material (Warehouses and Material Unit). 

Also from April 2002, the boxes of rolls arrived at the post offices with a control despatch note, listing the number of rolls provided and the cost. This cost evidently is symbolic or for reference, because the post office does not have to pay it, and it has varied over the years; 6.44 Euros per roll in 2002, 7.56 Euros in 2003 and 7.00 Euros per roll in 2004.

According to the despatch note of the image, January 2004, in this office they received 96 rolls (3 boxes), with a cost of 7.00 Euros per roll.
The second leaf of the despatch note lists the boxes with the numeration of all the rolls. 
The reference codes to carry out the orders are 500052 for rolls of labels and 400428 for rolls of thermal paper (for receipts).
From July 2002 the post offices had to establish an exhaustive and strict control of the rolls of labels provided, with a control registry for each roll showing the serial number, the date of receipt, the date of delivery of the roll to the postal window or point of sale, the date of final usage and the date of communication of when the end of the roll was reached, to the Provincial Headquarters.

The rolls of labels come inside the packing boxes, and are protected by a plastic bag.

Each roll contains 1900 sticky labels, stuck onto a paraffined continuous paper of 48.9 mm width. The separation between labels is 2.5 mm.

The labels come wound round a black plastic roll core of internal diameter 38-39 mm. Each manufacturer of the rolls used and uses similar, but non identical, plastic roll cores.

The labels of type BF-10C, and also at least one part of first ATM paper, were made by a company called SINEL   and came wound on cardboard core rolls (shown on the upper part of the image). Underneath, and from left to right, the plastic roll cores - double layer used by OVELAR, S.A. and R.C.M.-F.N.M.T., and the most recent and simple (a single layer) of SIGNE, S.A.
Some of the early papers by OVELAR, S.A. used core rolls in which the name of the company could be read clearly: OVELAR,S.A.  ETIQUETAS TERM. -ADHESIVAS. (Thermal adhesive labels).

However from Correos they affirmed that the labels were manufactured by the F.N.M.T. and this was possibly the only reference that could be found on the origin and the real manufacturer of the rolls...

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