Monthly Archives: November 2011

eFiberTools.com Introduces the Inno IFS-10 Fusion Splicer

Just released, ‘The Fiber Master‘, Inno Instrument IFS-10 core-alignment fusion splicer.

Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 29, 2011 – EFiberTools.com introduces the Inno Instrument IFS-10 fiber optic fusion splicer. With a price tag of only $9990, the IFS-10 is easily the best value in a new core-alignment fusion splicer. This price is for the complete splicing kit, including VF-78 cleaver, heavy-duty case, battery, charger, cables, user documentation and software, plus an exclusive 2-year limited warranty with US service and support.

Inno Intrument IFS-10 Fusion Splicer

Inno IFS-10 Fusion Splicer Kits, Price $9,990.00 /Kit

Called The Fiber Master, the IFS-10 fusion splicer is manufactured in South Korea and uses core alignment technology. At only around 4.5 lbs the IFS-10 is designed for high-precision splicing applications, harsh weather conditions, includes a friendly GUI with intuitive menu options, 350x splice capacity with its lithium batteries, upgradable software using USB, and a feature not common with the better-known splicers,  bi-directional viewing which allows the monitor to be positioned in front or rear. See user’s manual for the IFS-10 on this blog. Don’t confuse the Inno with the splicers made in China. The IFS-10 is far superior with well-designed features and built solid enough for any field application and with the dual-directional monitor easy to use indoors on a lab bench. The Inno IFS-10 has been called the “Best Fusion Splicer” on the market today, and without being gouged on price. South Korea has become known more for quality electronic and other products and the Inno IFS-10 is more evidence of this. The IFS-9 was the first splicer model from Inno but the company chose to wait until they perfected the IFS-10 before introducing it to the US and the “demanding” US customer. EFiberTools.com is the only distributor currently with stock on hand. All repairs are done in their Phoenix, AZ location by factory trained technicians. Generous credits are available for fusion splicer trade-ins of working and many non-working units, on a case-by-case basis. Contact eFiberTools for details at purchasing@efibertools.com. Dealers wanted! EFiberTools can sell both retail and wholesale to fiber optic and cabling suppliers and is currently looking for resellers and manufacturer reps to market Inno products and help get the word out. Drop-shipping is offered to recognized businesses. Special discounts are available to fiber optic training schools and other educational organizations.  Quantity discounts are also available. Anyone interested in the Inno fusion splicers or cleavers should contact eFiberTools.com at sales@efibertools.com. Finally, US customers have a choice. The Inno IFS-10 is the first fusion splicer to hit the US market truly ready to compete against the long-held dominance of Fujikura, Fitel, Sumitomo, and Corning and is a direct replacement to the best-selling model, Fujikura FSM-60s fusion splicer. Pricing for the 60s is controlled by AFL, which is owned by Fujikura. As more customers realize that the 60s price is based on a monopolistic pricing scheme in the US and not on the quality of their products, then more customers will consider other brands. The Inno IFS-10 fusion splicer is as good or better than the FSM-60s in every way and is priced 40% lower. That’s $6000 less! The Inno IFS-10 fusion splicing kit comes with a money-back guarantee from eFiberTools.com if you are not fully satisfied, no questions asked. Dealers are wanted so contact the eFiberTools’ sales department for details. Drop-shipping is available for recognized resellers. Contact:  sales@eFiberTools.com

Grey Market Fiber Splicing & Optical Test Products

The intent of this article is an attempt to provide a solid description of the term “gray-market” as it applies to fusion splicers. Gray-market sales by definition are legal. This is contrary however to what a plaintiff in a legal matter will wish others to believe. In my opinion, what should be illegal is a company’s–usually the manufacturer– ability to price gouge one group of customers simply due to where they happen live, as well as how strong is the manufacturer’s monopoly. The strength of the monopoly is proportionate to the country’s legal system, primarily in the area of law relating to trademarks. This appears to be the case cents a significant number of cases filed appears from my perspective to be based on a trademark violation. The products manufacturer or the regions alleged authorized distributors are the ones most likely to start the action. According to Wikipedia a grey market or gray market also known as parallel market is the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial, unauthorized, or unintended by the original manufacturer. A black market is the trade of goods and services that are illegal in themselves and/or distributed through illegal channels, such as the selling of stolen goods, certain drugs or unregistered handguns. The two main types of grey market are imported manufactured goods that would normally be unavailable or more expensive in a certain country. Unlike black market goods, grey-market goods are legal. However, they are sold outside normal distribution channels by companies which may have no relationship with the producer of the goods. Frequently this form of parallel import occurs when the price of an item is significantly higher in one country than another. This situation commonly occurs with electronic equipment such as cameras. Entrepreneurs buy the product where it is available cheaply, often at retail but sometimes at wholesale, and import it legally to the target market. They then sell it at a price high enough to provide a profit but under the normal market price. International efforts to promote free trade, including reduced tariffs and harmonized national standards, facilitate this form of arbitrage whenever manufacturers attempt to preserve highly disparate pricing. Grey-market goods are often new, but some grey market goods are used goods. A market in used goods is sometimes nicknamed a Green Market. A related concept is bootlegging, the smuggling or transport of highly regulated goods, especially alcoholic beverages. The term “bootlegging” is also often applied to the production or distribution of counterfeit or otherwise infringing goods. Grey markets can sometimes develop for select video game consoles and titles whose demand temporarily outstrips supply and the local shops run out of stock, this happens especially during the holiday season. Other popular items, such as dolls can also be affected. In such situations the grey market price may be considerably higher than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Online auction sites such as eBay have contributed to the emergence of the video game grey market. The parties most concerned with the grey market are usually the authorized agents or importers, or the retailers of the item in the target market. Often this is the national subsidiary of the manufacturer, or a related company. In response to the resultant damage to their profits and reputation, manufacturers and their official distribution chain will often seek to restrict the grey market. Such responses can breach competition law, particularly in the European Union. Manufacturers or their licensees often seek to enforce trademark or other intellectual-property rights against the grey market. Such rights may be exercised against the import, sale and/or advertisement of grey imports. In 2002, Levi Strauss, after a 4-year legal fight, prevented UK supermarket Tesco from selling grey market jeans.[4] However, such rights can be limited. Examples of such limitations include the first-sale doctrine in the United States and the doctrine of the exhaustion of rights in the European Union. When grey-market products are advertised on Google, eBay or other legitimate web sites, it is possible to petition for removal of any advertisements that violate trademark or copyright laws. This can be done directly, without the involvement of legal professionals. eBay, for example, will remove listings of such products even in countries where their purchase and use is not against the law. Manufacturers may refuse to supply distributors and retailers (and with commercial products, customers) that trade in grey-market goods. They may also more broadly limit supplies in markets where prices are low. Manufacturers may refuse to honor the warranty of an item purchased from grey-market sources, on the grounds that the higher price on the non-grey market reflects a higher level of service even though the manufacturer does of course control their own prices to distributors. Alternatively, they may provide the warranty service only from the manufacturer’s subsidiary in the intended country of import, not the diverted third country where the grey goods are ultimately sold by the distributor or retailer. This response to the grey market is especially evident in electronics goods Manufacturers may give the same item different model numbers in different countries, even though the functions of the item are identical, so that they can identify grey imports. Manufacturers can also use batch codes to enable similar tracing of grey imports. Parallel market importers often de-code the product in order to avoid the identification of the supplier. In the United States, courts have decided that decoding which blemishes the product is a material alteration, rendering the product infringed. Parallel market importers have worked around this limitation by developing new removal techniques. The development of DVD region codes, and equivalent regional-lockout techniques in other media, are examples of technological features designed to limit the flow of goods between national markets, effectively fighting the grey market that would otherwise develop. This enables movie studios and other content creators to charge more for the same product in one market than in another or alternatively withhold the product from some markets for a particular time. Consumer advocacy groups argue that this discrimination against consumers—the charging of higher prices on the same object simply because of where they happen to live—is unjust and anti-competitive. Since it requires governments to legislate to prevent their citizens from purchasing goods at cheaper prices from other markets, and since this is clearly not in their citizens’ interests, many governments in democratic countries have chosen not to protect anti-competitive technologies such as DVD region-coding. The above was taken in part from Wikipedia’s definition of gray market. This posting will be edited over time to conform more specifically to fusion splicers and other fiber optic and optical products.

The Grey-Market and Fujikura Fusion Splicers

The intent of this article is an attempt to provide a solid description of what the term “gray-market” does and does not mean. Gray-market sales by definition are legal. This is contrary however to what a plaintiff in a legal matter will wish others to believe. In my opinion, what should illegal is a company’s–usually the manufacturer– ability to price gouge one group of customers simply due to where they happen live, as well as how strong is the manufacturer’s monopoly. The strength of the monopoly is proportionate to the country’s legal system, primarily in the area of law relating to trademarks. This appears to be the case cents a significant number of cases filed appears from my perspective to be based on a trademark violation. The products manufacturer or the regions alleged authorized distributors are the ones most likely to start the action. According to Wikipedia a grey market or gray market also known as parallel market is the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial, unauthorized, or unintended by the original manufacturer. A black market is the trade of goods and services that are illegal in themselves and/or distributed through illegal channels, such as the selling of stolen goods, certain drugs or unregistered handguns. The two main types of grey market are imported manufactured goods that would normally be unavailable or more expensive in a certain country. Unlike black market goods, grey-market goods are legal. However, they are sold outside normal distribution channels by companies which may have no relationship with the producer of the goods. Frequently this form of parallel import occurs when the price of an item is significantly higher in one country than another. This situation commonly occurs with electronic equipment such as cameras. Entrepreneurs buy the product where it is available cheaply, often at retail but sometimes at wholesale, and import it legally to the target market. They then sell it at a price high enough to provide a profit but under the normal market price. International efforts to promote free trade, including reduced tariffs and harmonized national standards, facilitate this form of arbitrage whenever manufacturers attempt to preserve highly disparate pricing. Grey-market goods are often new, but some grey market goods are used goods. A market in used goods is sometimes nicknamed a Green Market. A related concept is bootlegging, the smuggling or transport of highly regulated goods, especially alcoholic beverages. The term “bootlegging” is also often applied to the production or distribution of counterfeit or otherwise infringing goods. Grey markets can sometimes develop for select video game consoles and titles whose demand temporarily outstrips supply and the local shops run out of stock, this happens especially during the holiday season. Other popular items, such as dolls can also be affected. In such situations the grey market price may be considerably higher than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Online auction sites such as eBay have contributed to the emergence of the video game grey market. The parties most concerned with the grey market are usually the authorized agents or importers, or the retailers of the item in the target market. Often this is the national subsidiary of the manufacturer, or a related company. In response to the resultant damage to their profits and reputation, manufacturers and their official distribution chain will often seek to restrict the grey market. Such responses can breach competition law, particularly in the European Union. Manufacturers or their licensees often seek to enforce trademark or other intellectual-property rights against the grey market. Such rights may be exercised against the import, sale and/or advertisement of grey imports. In 2002, Levi Strauss, after a 4-year legal fight, prevented UK supermarket Tesco from selling grey market jeans.[4] However, such rights can be limited. Examples of such limitations include the first-sale doctrine in the United States and the doctrine of the exhaustion of rights in the European Union. When grey-market products are advertised on Google, eBay or other legitimate web sites, it is possible to petition for removal of any advertisements that violate trademark or copyright laws. This can be done directly, without the involvement of legal professionals. eBay, for example, will remove listings of such products even in countries where their purchase and use is not against the law. Manufacturers may refuse to supply distributors and retailers (and with commercial products, customers) that trade in grey-market goods. They may also more broadly limit supplies in markets where prices are low. Manufacturers may refuse to honor the warranty of an item purchased from grey-market sources, on the grounds that the higher price on the non-grey market reflects a higher level of service even though the manufacturer does of course control their own prices to distributors. Alternatively, they may provide the warranty service only from the manufacturer’s subsidiary in the intended country of import, not the diverted third country where the grey goods are ultimately sold by the distributor or retailer. This response to the grey market is especially evident in electronics goods Manufacturers may give the same item different model numbers in different countries, even though the functions of the item are identical, so that they can identify grey imports. Manufacturers can also use batch codes to enable similar tracing of grey imports. Parallel market importers often de-code the product in order to avoid the identification of the supplier. In the United States, courts have decided that decoding which blemishes the product is a material alteration, rendering the product infringed. Parallel market importers have worked around this limitation by developing new removal techniques. The development of DVD region codes, and equivalent regional-lockout techniques in other media, are examples of technological features designed to limit the flow of goods between national markets, effectively fighting the grey market that would otherwise develop. This enables movie studios and other content creators to charge more for the same product in one market than in another or alternatively withhold the product from some markets for a particular time. Consumer advocacy groups argue that this discrimination against consumers—the charging of higher prices on the same object simply because of where they happen to live—is unjust and anti-competitive. Since it requires governments to legislate to prevent their citizens from purchasing goods at cheaper prices from other markets, and since this is clearly not in their citizens’ interests, many governments in democratic countries have chosen not to protect anti-competitive technologies such as DVD region-coding. The above was taken in part from Wikipedia’s definition of gray market. This posting will be edited over time to conform more specifically to fusion splicers and other fiber optic and optical products.  

INNO Instrument IFS-10 Brochure

Newest core-alignment fusion splicer from INNO Instrument. The Fiber Master model IFS-10 has the price/value of all other models. As good or better than the Fujikura 60s but at a 40% lower price! BEST FUSION SPLICER without a doubt. Best sales and support at a lot lower price. Only $9,990 which includes a two-year limited warranty. Finally a fair price to the Japanese brand price-gouging of US customers.   [pdf issuu_pdf_id=”111103030115-2e2620db0d2c435b828dc4baaf30a891″]  

 

INNO IFS-10 User Manual

Best fusion splicer on the market. The INNO IFS-10 fusion splicer from INNO Instrument.   [pdf issuu_pdf_id=”111103030754-44a92366ea8b43b4be201b033fdde369″]