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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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In Bulgaria it is Produced World-class SWIR Technology

In Bulgaria it is Produced World-class SWIR Technology

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (, August 16, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo Credit:

In the course of the upcoming major military projects in Bulgaria, related to the modernization of our army in the Naval-Air-Land directions, in the background seemed to be facts of the Bulgarian military industry that deserve their attention.

This is the case with one of the most innovative military developments in the field of optical production – SWIR technology.

What is SWIR?
You have to look through a SWIR camera to understand for yourself the capabilities of the technology. Then they get ideas, where and how the technology can be used. In simple words – you see the invisible. The test that we had made in the far 2013, in London, during the DSEi exhibition was the following:

– Unintentionally or not but, then, our “laboratory mice” had been Bulgarian politicians and diplomats, part of the Bulgarian delegation at the exhibition. We had put sunglasses on one of our guests and we had directed SWIRECON 50 lens against him. What had appeared on the computer, as a video signal and what we had saw, were the eyes of the man with the sunglasses.

The more complicated explanation is that SWIR technology operates in the field of shortwave infrared optics, which is its real name – Short Wave InfraRed. I.e. this type of optics operates with light in a range of 0.9 to 1.7 microns and in the range of 0.7 to 2.5 microns, as well. This allows SWIR cameras to capture the light emitted from the earth’s atmosphere at night

Read more: Opticoelectron Group JSCo presented an exclusive SWIR lenses

What is the application of SWIR technology?
Eng. Nikolay Tsonevski, Director of the SWIRECON Program at Opticoelectron, shares that:
“SWIR Technologies have a great operating application. Unlike some military optical products that are for military purposes only, this type of lens can be “divided” in its use. In the civilian life, it would find a wonderful application in the automotive industry – to see through fog while driving, in civil defense, in the event of a fire – for smoke elimination and fire detection. In medicine, diagnosis will become more accurate and easier – details are seen deep in the retina of the human eye, the veins are seen more clearly if we look through the skin of a person, etc. Generally, the fact that the technology is working exactly in the shortwave infrared spectrum, allows this type of lens to be used almost everywhere.”

Our research shows that SWIR technology products can be used in dozens of our daily life activities – for check of products (is the apple bad inside, is the dark bottle full or empty), on production line in the food industry, in agriculture (inspection of crop quality), in mining (detecting new mines), astronomy, etc.

Read more: Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

SWIR and the military industry
Like the most inventions that we use in our civilian everyday life, SWIR comes from the military industry. In this field, three main products are distinguished – products for day, night and thermal vision surveillance. SWIR may (most likely and do) shatter the notion of using night or thermal vision imaging scopes for security and surveillance. Comparing the three products, the advantages of SWIR stand out in the forefront:

– Compared to night scopes, SWIRECON sees up to 1.7 microns (nighttime to 0.9 microns). That’s why night scopes cannot see eye-safe lasers operating at 1.54 microns or at 1,064 microns, while SWIR can. The picture that we can see during a night surveillance by a SWIR camera is clearer and more detailed.
– Compared to thermal imaging scopes, SWIR cameras see more clearly and better through fog and sea haze, while thermal vision cameras – no. Shortwave infrared devices see clearly through a simple window or through a car window, while the thermal cameras – not.

Read more: President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide (updated)

Who produces SWIR lenses in Bulgaria?
Opticoelectron is the first and the only company in Bulgaria to develop and sell SWIR lenses on international markets. Actually, a little – known fact is that it is one of the first companies in the world that years ago had managed to develop and demonstrate the first working prototype of a SWIR camera.

The company’s product range includes the following SWIR products:
The newest model from the same range is SWIRECON 12.5, which has a very open f-number – 1.2.

It is expected, during the upcoming months, the company to launch more new models to be able to meet the demand in international markets.

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Optix JSCo. celebrates its 20th anniversary

Optix JSCo. celebrates its 20th anniversary

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (, 08 August 2018, Author: Optix Communication Team, Editor: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: Optix JSCo.

At the end of last month, OPTIX celebrated its twentieth-year anniversary, by organizing two extremely important and emotional events, learned

On July 27, the company organized a cocktail for its partners at the Central Military Club – Sofia. The party was attended by a large number of OPTIX friends as the girls from the most modern Bulgarian pop band “4 Magic” took care for the good atmosphere of the event. Special address from the Ministry of Defence was presented by the Deputy minister Atanas Zapryanov. The doyen of the Association of the Bulgarian Military Industry Academician Stefan Vodenicharov presented the greetings from the name of the organization.

Read more: On 5th February OPTIX Opens a New Investment Area

Optix JSCo. celebrates its 20th anniversary

Photo credit: Optix JSCo

One day later, on the territory of the Industrial zone “Doctor Chochev”, the company’s annual corporate party was held. Full of positive emotions, the celebration was definitely the most memorable birthday till now. Special guests of the event were the pop singer Miro, the band ”Deep Zone Project” and the dance group “Tangra” from Popintsi. The evening ended with a splendid fireworks show, as meanwhile the Executive Director Mr. Ivan Cholakov traditionally cut the birthday cake.

Read more: Optix Has Sold Part of Its Assets to American Optics

About Optix JSCo:
Established in 1998 as a 100% private company OPTIX specializes in the design and manufacturing of optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic assemblies and devices for military and law enforcement applications. Competently applying the modern technologies, OPTIX Co executes the entire production cycle – from design and implementation of prototypes to serial production of components, assemblies and devices.

The production meets all the requirements of European and world standards – DIN, MIL, ISO, BS. The contemporary design, ergonomics and high technical characteristics of the products are comparable to the best world samples and excite a well-founded interest of the leading companies in the optical, medical and defense industries.

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About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

Opticoelectron Equipped the New Automobiles of the Border Police

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (, June 29, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Picture: Hristo Elkin

Interesting indices and positive attitudes in the investment policy showed the general annual report of the companies in the structure of Opticoelectron Group JSCo during the last year. About € 4 million has been invested during the 12 months of the past 2017 in technological equipment, real estate and training of the personnel, learned

“We invested about € 2 million in the purchase of new machines and facilities, as well as for building of a separate manufacturing unit for infrared equipment – workshop “Crystals”. About € 1.9 million was invested in real estate and about € 180,000 – in training of the personnel mainly on foreign language education and improvement of the professional qualification of our colleagues,” commented Eng. Ivan Garchev, CEO of the Company.

About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

Manufacturing unit for infrared equipment – workshop “Crystals”, (Picture: Boyko Nikolov)

The annual report also clarified that, in 2017, funds have also been invested in building of a new production area for assembly and integration of mobile, stationary, and semi-stationary systems and posts for surveillance and security. The total recapitulation shows that, from that unit in the manufacturing cycle of the Company, it has been integrated 28 systems for the needs of both the Bulgarian Border Police and customers from Scandinavia.

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An analysis of shows that during the last three years Opticoelectron and the companies within its structure do not spare funds for investments. On average, it is invested between € 1.5 million and € 2 million per year. Already in 2015 it was decided a new investment period to be started in the history of Opticoelectron. This happened through the purchase of a new vacuum system for placing of thin optical layers at the amount of several million euros. Thus the results were not late and already during the same year Opticoelectron took the prestigious 9th place in the Gepard ranking for Bulgaria’s most dynamically developing companies.

Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

dip.eng. Ivan Garchev – CEO of opticoelectron Group JSCo, Bugaria / Photo credit; linkedIn

“From 2015 till now we have reported growth in the sales of our products worldwide. Every day we prove to ourselves that our choice to invest in personnel and new contemporary production powers is the right strategy. That is why we are proud of one more fact – big part of the invested funds are reinvested profit during the recent years and in past one as well,“ concluded Eng. Garchev.

Recently also informed that in the last three years Opticoelectron has doubled its sales. Wisely spent funds on new installation for placing of coatings on aluminium parts, new installation for special coatings of the optical components or the new CNC machines of latest generation are an important part of the success of the Company.

Read more: Opticoelectron Group Has Doubled Its Production in Three Years

About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

dipl. eng. Boyan Garchev – Business Development Director (Photo credit: Persoanl archive)

“We pave the way for our success by ourselves. We prove it every year with new customers, new orders and strengthening of the existing partnerships. 2018 is half-way through, but this and next year we are working on our investment program. New interesting product solutions in the field of thermal vision and swir technology, as well as in the field of mobile, semi-stationary and stationary systems and posts for surveillance and security are upcoming. Exactly in the development of the last product range we have already begun to implement our new investment goal that we hope to lead to the desired results in the next years,“ commented Eng. Boyan Garchev, Business Development Director of Opticoelectron.

We recall for you that in 2017 Opticoelectron was awarded “Innovative Company of 2017” by the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Read more:
Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition
President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide (updated)

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Nieuwpoort Hosted a Demonstration of SafeShore Developed in Partnership with OPTIX, Bulgaria

Nieuwpoort Hosted a Demonstration of SafeShore Developed in Partnership with OPTIX, Bulgaria

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (, June 21, 2018, Author: Bm Team, Photo credit: Optix Co.

The SafeShore detection system, developed with the participation of the Bulgarian company OPTIX JSC, was shown on 25th May 2018 in the first demo event at the North Sea shoreline in Nieuwpoort (Belgium), announced to from Optix co.

The event was attended by end-users, EC members and representatives of the local and national press and television.

First the objectives and current achievements of the SafeShore Project were presented to the attendees, after which there was a demonstration of the system on the beach.

The system may detect and track various types of vessels, individual people, swimming or paddling towards the shore, low altitude airborne objects in the shape of drones, etc. However, as of the moment, the SafeShore cannot distinguish a drone from a flying bird, for example, that is why it will not be operational immediately.

The SafeShore Project is funded by the European Commission and is being implemented by a consortium of well-balanced combination of partners. One of the key partners is the Bulgarian company OPTIX JSC, which has produced some of the components integrated in the SafeShore system and we, from, are very proud of that fact.

The SafeShore features the following basic advantages: low cost per square meter, low weight components, low energy consumption, no need of special cooling system, and solar-based battery charging.

One of the main objectives of the Project is detection of Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), which are too small to be detected by regular costal radars due to their low RCS (Radar Cross Section). They may depart from yachts, for example, and be used by smugglers and terrorists. The situation is the same with the low altitude guided parachutes, which are also hard for detection by standard radars. Such parachutes may be dropped from airplanes, which are not visible from the shore, and be used for deploying equipment, explosives, etc. For that purpose 3D LIDAR, which creates a virtual dome shield over the protected area shield with a radius of about 250-300m, is integrated in the system. The SafeShore will be fixed on mobile platforms. For ensuring of a continuous detection shield along the shoreline, there will be overlapping between the areas, protected by each platform of about 50 m.

The SafeShore system will operate in addition to the standard radar systems, by covering the existing gaps in the defence due to technological issues as mentioned above.

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