X-Beam Tech, an optical connector specialist, started from an optical connector and expanded to an optical communication device. Its final destination is to become a high-quality optical communication connection integrated solution provider. AVING News interviewed Kim Haeng-jeong, the CEO of X-Beam Tech, which participated in the MIK HOT SPOT (Made in Korea Online Exhibition) KTVF.
Please introduce your company briefly.
We are X-Beam Tech, a next-generation
high-reliability special optical connector specialist. It specializes in
manufacturing high-quality optical communication parts based on ultra-precision
machining and optical technology. It was a breakthrough technology that was not
available in Korea at the time when I first encountered the expansion beam
connection technology. Since I was convinced that this was the next generation
optical communication technology, I thought that there would also be a lot of
demand in Korea in the future, and I started with the possibility of
Despite the strong advantages of optical
communication, the existing optical connector was sensitive to shock and
required careful attention and professional management, so there were many
restrictions to apply in harsh environments such as defense tactics, aviation,
We wanted to make use of the advantages of
optical communication even in such special sites. Even though this technology
is an optically simple structure, the entry barrier is still high that only a
few companies were able to commercialize it since lenses and optical fibers
must be very precisely aligned to actually run the technology.
At first, there were many difficulties
because it was a technology that was not in Korea. But as we researched,
designed, and manufactured parts one by one, we were able to succeed in
localizing the expansion beam connector technology and stand parallel with
advanced foreign companies now.
Please introduce your main products and systems.
Our main product is the expansion beam
optical connector, HXB series. This product is a high-reliability connection
technology for next-generation optical communication, and is an optical
communication connector to which extended beam technology is applied.
Conventional optical connectors are not
durability and susceptible to breakage by even small impacts since optical
fibers made of glass contact each other and transmit signals. In addition,
since the cross section of the optical fiber is only about the thickness of the
hair, the signal can be blocked even by invisible fine dust, so the engineers
have to inspect with a microscope and tools every time it is used.
So far, due to frequent deployments and
modifications in communication networks in severe vibration and shock
environments, these restrictions were stumbling blocks in applying optical
communications in defense tactical networks that require high durability and
special industries like space, aerospace, railroad, oil exploration, and
Our products are made to solve these
problems. It is a product that greatly makes up for the disadvantages mentioned
above by transmitting the optical signal to the size of hundreds of times by
using a lens on the joint.
The extension beam connector can maintain
stable communication even if part of the signal is obscured due to small
contamination, and the contamination of the signal blocking level is very easy
to manage because it can be visually identified.
It can be easily cleaned and managed
without a separate microscope and cleaning device, and there is no worry of
deterioration due to abrasion despite frequent connections between connectors
as there is no physical contact between the optical fibers on both sides.
Most of the connectors cannot be connected
between plugs and need an adapter separately. But, our connector is a universal
type, so you can quickly and easily add or extend cables and change existing
connections. It is also economical because it does not require a separate
adapter. This advantage is very convenient when frequent network changes are
required in the field, such as in the field operation.
And up to six optical channels can be
connected at the same time, with photoelectric composite configuration and
various configurations according to user requirements. Currently, many
countries such as Germany and other European countries are looking for our HXB
connector, and we are gradually strengthening our position in the global
Staff of your company
My name is Kim Haeng-jeong, the CEO of
X-Beam Tech. Our company is made up of specialists in design and development in
defense industry, a doctor in ICT, and a CEO from a same industry as me. We
also have an advisor who also serves as an adjunct professor at university and
experts in optical communication for more than ten years. So although our
company does not have a long history, we have a firm foundation with long
working experience and strong academic knowledge.
Our company was established with a basis in
the researchers and is still investing in R&D, and is strictly designing
and manufacturing each small part with the goal of high quality and high
performance. Our advantage is that we can flexibly develop products that
satisfy the detailed specifications that our customers want.
What are your plans for the future?
We have developed HXB 11, the most compact
model of the HXB series, which will be released this month. Also, we will
develop a high-precision D38999 connector for optical communication and the
expanded beam temini of ARINC845, the latest aviation standard, and introduce
new optical connector technology in the first half of next year.
In addition, we plan to secure additional
price competitiveness by reinforcing current mass production facilities and
expand customer base through thorough quality control and active technical
support. Based on the element technology of the expansion beam connector, we
intend to further develop related communication equipment, components, and
optical sensors to secure continuous growth engines.
Direction sought by the company
In the field of special connectors, foreign
products are dominating the market, and we are going to continue our R&D
work, hoping that someday, we will become the standard of the rugged connector
industry and lead the industry. Starting from an optical connector and
expanding to an optical communication device, our final destination is to
become a high-quality optical communication connection integrated solution
Which part of the support agency (KTVF) program was really helpful?
KTVF has helped us to successfully develop
our items, and among them, the most helpful program is the global expert
committee-related marketing capability enhancement program. By matching our
company's custom overseas market experts, it helped us solve difficulties in
overall overseas sales according to our situation. We have also received great
help in import and export tasks, which many small and medium-sized businesses
are having difficulty in. It provided the source to open up new markets and
generously taught us their long-established know-hows.
Korea Techno-Venture Foundation (KTVF),
which supported companies participating in the MIK HOT SPOT (Made in Korea
Online Exhibition), is a non-profit foundation funded by the Korea Institute of
Science and Technology (KIST) to promote new technology startups and support
global advancement. Since its establishment in 2001, it has established a close
cooperation network with research institutes, universities and related
institutions, as well as overseas organizations in Japan and the Eurasia
region, and have promoted step-by-step customized support projects that
connects "startup - fostering - commercialization - global marketing" to create
the entrepreneurship ecosystem. KTVF said, "As an accelerator that supports
global technology commercialization through discovering, fostering, and
investing in tech-startups with high growth potential, we intend to contribute
to the success and job creation of small and medium-sized venture companies."
The global news network AVING News has
begun holding the MIK Hot Spot (Made in Korea Online Exhibition) to help small
and medium-sized companies enter the market and attract investment 365 days a
year' AVING News has been running online exhibitions since 2005 and had 975
online exhibitions so far. Its YouTube online exhibition has placed itself as
Korea's largest online exhibition hall that opens with 19,000 videos (booths)
with more than 800,000 visits per month which means more than 10 million visits
The MIK HOT SPOT online exhibition is
scheduled to be held regularly according to the field, target market, and
participating institutions, and it will be presented as a new type of online
business by transforming the know-hows and values of the participating
companies according to the trend. Companies that want to participate can apply
and apply through the marketing support projects from supporting institutions
in the local governments. Refer to the institutions for more information.