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Difficult tasks are aways a challenge, not an excuse

Difficult tasks are aways a challenge, not an excuse

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), December 12, By Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Bm

I speak with dipl.eng. Miroslav Vasev several hours before the magazine goes into the print house. His busy everyday life forced us to cancel the interview every day in last twenty days. I personally knew it would be difficult, and therefore prepared an additional material to fill these pages. Interestingly, I just started to prepare it, when he called me and he said, “Ok, I am available now, I have a few minutes to share with you.” Miroslav Vasev is the Head of the Designer Department in Opticoelectron. Each product passes through their work desks, each drawing, nut or item as well. They are the engineers in the company who design, develop and complete the end product.


My challenge in the last twenty days was to get to your office and take that interview. What about your challenge this year? Which project was the biggest challenge for you?

You know we’re working on too many projects. There is no other way, if the market requires it. Now that I think about it, the biggest challenge for the whole team was to develop a fire control system designed for artillery but also for intelligence use. At one point, we had to configure hundreds of elements as well as to provide serious engineering potential to make it fully applicable and effective product. In Opticoelectron a moment can be a week, a month or a year.

Very well, I’m intrigued at first. How did you get to the idea and development of this product? I know you will not tell me the produst`s name, but at least show me the way.

Well, actually they are sources, not ways. The first source is the state of the market at the moment and obviously the need for such a product. The second is our long-term client who thinks the time has come for this product. However, the fact is that this system is currently difficult to develop and manufacture. However, as you know in Opticoelectron, this has always been a challenge, not an excuse.

I know many customers are “tricky,” but how do you deal with such customers? Do you have your own method of working to satisfy their demands and want something to change in other ways in your communication with them?

It is very important to be calm and reasonable in communication. You know our sphere of work is tense and we work with people from all over the world. These are different clients with different characters, requirements and knowledge. Stress is not only in work, but also in communication. That’s why I prefer to just pause in 10 seconds first. So I calm down, concentrate and I can lead the conversation in the right direction. If I hurry with the answer this will not be good either for me or for the client.

You mean that following this way of communication you eliminate a possible nervous situation?

Exactly. There are always nervous situations, so I try to avoid them. When communicating with clients, I want to know their assignment right from the start.

Are there clients who know everything?

Unfortunately, there are always such clients in every sphere. But here, the role of the 10 seconds silence is very important, because during that time you can solve future conflicts. The most important is swallowing your ego and concentrating on the topic. It is then extremely easy for both parties to communicate. If you put your thoughts in your mind in time, you arrange the whole project for a long time.

Opticoelectron is The Innovative Company for 2017. What did the company patent to deserve this award?

We patent all the products we develop in the company. However, the fact is that it takes a long time before everything happens. During last year, we patented three of our developments in the field of Infrared optics, a complex system configuration of optics and electronics, and two-years-old aviator`s night vision goggles. I`m sure that you know them very well – OENAG.

I ask myself how do you know about new technologies? Do you have time, do you have your own channels to do that?

Unfortunately, I do not have much time to watch all the technologies, but military exhibitions are a really effective way to get to know the world’s innovation in this industry. So we at Opticoelectron can keep our watches up-to-date with today’s requirements and standards, and given that we are a strong professional team, we can easily get to the essence of a product, reveal its functionality and structure that automatically provoke us to use our knowledge to improve it. On the other hand, the well-known Internet channel is also doing great work, but as I say – only when there is spare time.

So, you`re agree with the phrase that genius solutions are a simple construction?

Yes, completely. The truth is in this sentence.

I know you’re an athlete. You love volleyball, and you play football almost every week. Does sport in any way affect your work?

You know I played volleyball on a semi-professional level. Sports helps you unload the pressure in your everyday life. It removes stress, makes you feel somehow recharged. If the humans are like computers, sport let us shut down all systems, hard drives, free up memory, and restarts us. If I could play more than once a week, I would do it with great pleasure. There is nothing better for health than physical exercise.

You’ve been working for years on this market. I appreciate the opinion of people like you. In this connection – where is the Bulgarian military industry between the old glory and the new markets?

Well, in the middle. That keeps it alive. But I want to say that the role of the government is very important. If it does not, this industry would very hardly exist at all. The military industry is one of the engines of the Bulgarian economy.

Tell me more specific things. I’ll help you – Optoelectron how does it work?

You personally know that in some of our business areas we are very competitive on international markets, but we are not in others. For example, nanotechnology – here we are lagging behind, not just us as a company, but the country as a whole. This requires purchasing sensors, high-level electronics, motherboards with many elements. Why not to do it in Bulgaria? Why not to develop our own technology production?

If the big international companies and military governments are a shark, the Bulgarian business is reciprocal as a small fish around the shark that feeds on the remnants of shark`s lunch. Am I right? Your company`s CEO told me that many years ago, and it`s been stuck in my mind.

Yes, this comparison is very good. The government must play much more important role in defending Bulgarian interests and production in the military, and not only. A company that has the protection and support of the country will be able to operate more smoothly in the markets, increase its profits and reinvest it in development. Should I continue? All this will guarantee the image of Bulgaria to Western investors, increase the standard of life of the people working in this sphere, and will get back quality specialists in Bulgaria.

I know the next fact, but because of our readers I will ask you – do you have a shortage of qualified staff?

Unfortunately, it is not only us and not only in our sphere. I have talked to colleagues and friends from different areas of the Bulgarian economy – everywhere. This returns me to the previous answer – things will look radically different if the Bulgarian Government and business are allied, and everyone is striving to protect each other interests.

What are your short-term goals in your professional life?

They are only two: to be healthy and fit in order to finish all the projects we are currently working on.

In this busy daily routine, do you find the right way to balance personal and work life? Is there balance at all?

I try to set the following limit – in my personal time I can afford to talk to colleagues, clients or partners, but I avoid taking work for home. The balance is difficult to achieve, although we try not to talk and comment work at home.

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The Tradition Opticoelectron to Participate at Optatec Germany is Kept This Year Again

The Tradition Opticoelectron to Participate at Optatec Germany is Kept This Year Again.

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), May 14, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: Opticoelectron

From 15 to 17 May in Frankfurt it will be held the biggest exhibition for optics in the world – Optatec. Opticoelectron Group JSCo will participate this year again, and you can visit the exhibition stand of the company in Hall 3, stand H25.

We’d like to remind that Opticoelectron is the first Bulgarian optical company that has participated in that exhibition back in the remote 2000. Since then the company is a regular participant with its own vision and own exhibition area.

This year Opticoelectron will present to its partners and customers at the exhibition the newest optomechanical production powers. During the last years, the company has invested significant resources exactly in improvement of its production, through which it has strengthened and improved the quality of its products. In this way, it turned into a desired East European partner known for its optics, optical coatings and assembly.

Not least are the innovative solutions for which Opticoelectron is also well-known. Thus, in 2018, at Optatec, the company will present its developments of high quality in the field of SWIR technology and its range of developed lenses SWIRECON. We’d like to remind that the company is one of the first in the world that have managed to develop a successful prototype of a SWIR lens.

Get acquainted with the capabilities and products of Opticoelectron Group JSCo by visiting their exhibition stand in Hall 3- H25.

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OPTIX Will Deliver Thermal Imaging Binoculars to FRONTEX

OPTIX Will Deliver Thermal Imaging Binoculars to FRONTEX

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), May 4, 2018, Authors: Optix and Bm, Photo: Optix

The Bulgarian company OPTIX will deliver thermal imaging binoculars BidentifieR within the next four years to the European Border and Coast Guard, Frontex, under a framework contract, announced from OPTIX on 4th April 2018.

OPTIX was awarded the contract in December 2017 after winning in an open tender procedure the competition with some of the most famous manufacturers in the sector.

Frontex will receive the first batch of these high-tech thermal imaging devices in May 2018.

The BidentifieR binoculars will be used by Frontex for guarding all EU external boundaries.

The BidentifieR is a single channel uncooled thermal imaging device. It has been developed specially for military and law enforcement personnel, for long surveillance and reconnaissance. With its help targets may be detected and recognized in completely passive mode on short and mid-range distances.

Superb and detailed image at any time and in all weather conditions is ensured through a sensitive detector and intelligent digital video processing. Image filters and weather type modes also contribute to the optimization of the picture depending on the weather conditions and customer needs.

The BidentifieR may be mounted on tripod for steadiness and has analog video output for remote observation.

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OPTIX Became the Main Sponsor of the Newest Cabinet at the Bulgarian Defence Institute

OPTIX Became the Main Sponsor of the Newest Cabinet at the Bulgarian Defence Institute

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), April 17, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: OPTIX

OPTIX, a Bulgarian developer and manufacturer of a full range of special optical devices and systems for the army and police forces, became the main sponsor of the newest cabinet “Optical Laser Appliances and Methods” at the Bulgarian Defence Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov”, announced the company.

The specialized cabinet was opened on 23rd February as part of the patronal feats of the Institute – the 122nd anniversary of the birth of Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoliy Velichkov, the Permanent Undersecretary of Defence Anton Lastardzhiev, representatives of the Directorates of the Ministry of Defence, and Defence Staff and Generals of the Joint Forces Command and the Armed Forces. Eng. Mario Dimitrov, the Strategic Clients Manager of OPTIX, congratulated the attendees.

This is the first cabinet at the Bulgarian Defence Institute, established in cooperation with a Bulgarian defence industry company that also provided samples of various surveillance technologies.

The Defence Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov” is the main scientific-research, testing-design, and expert-technical structure in the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence.

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Opticoelectron Equipped the New Automobiles of the Border Police

Opticoelectron Equipped the New Automobiles of the Border Police

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), March 28, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Hristo Elkin

In the end of March, sixteen new automobiles Nissan X-Trail of our Border Police left the territory of the industrial park of Opticoelectron. The reason was the completed execution of a joint contract between the official representative of Nissan for Bulgaria and Opticoelectron for providing the automobiles with specialized equipment, needed for the daily security and defence activities at the Bulgarian border.

During the past few months the engineers and experts of the optical company has provided and equipped the off-road vehicles in question with light and sound signalling system, identification signs, signs and emblems, as well as with additional specialized equipment.

Opticoelectron confirmed that the vehicles in question will be allocated along the border of Bulgaria.

In the end of 2017 N Auto Sofia EAD was awarded the public procurement for delivery of off-road vehicles, and in November they selected Opticoelectron for execution of a part of the procurement related to the specialized equipment.

Such procurements are not a precedent for Opticoelectron. We’d like to remind that during the past few years the Company has successfully implemented lots of projects outside Bulgaria connected with manufacturing, assembly and integration of mobile systems for surveillance of borders and big oil fields in Europe and the Middle East.

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