Overview.ai announces Series A funding!

Why we partnered with Advantech

We started Overview in 2018 because after years of building automation equipment for Tesla, we became frustrated with the experience of trying to implement vision systems for quality checks.  

Vision to us meant $30,000 in hardware, no connectivity, an ancient user interface, and a requirement of steep technical knowledge and training.   It also meant that you could write a 200 line algorithm to handle the variance in your process, only to have it totally break under the slightest change in the product or environment.  It also meant being capped at mediocre accuracies with no obvious path forward – other than a complete hardware redesign or fixing a spiderweb of algorithm code.

We believed that a combination of deep learning – which is superior at handling variance and achieving high accuracies –  with the ability to access a vision expert with a single mouse click would fix this. We knew, however, that software alone cannot solve difficult problems in manufacturing.

This is why we are so excited to partner with Advantech on the ICAM-500 (alongside their other powerful GPU edge options). Together we deliver more imaging and AI horsepower than existing vision systems with a far better user experience, and for a fraction of the price.

Advantech shares our vision of bringing the power of AI and computer vision to machine builders and factories everywhere. We recognize that in order to do this, we need to take a completely new approach to removing barriers to entry – which is almost always associated with complexity and cost. Our new combined solution is a major step on that path.

If you are interested in learning more about how we’re making it easier and faster to automate quality inspections using vision, reach out to me at austin@overview.ai, and check out our joint press release here: https://www.advantech.com/resources/news/advantech-overview-ai-based-inspection

Russell Nibbelink Overview Co-founder

Russell Nibbelink

Co-founder & Head of Engineering

Russell Nibbelink is the head of engineering and a co-founder at Overview. At Overview, he leads the team that helps customers implement cutting-edge, high-speed deep learning algorithms to reduce manufacturing waste and defective parts. 

Before joining Overview, Russell was a software engineer at Salesforce, where he worked on web-scale infrastructure projects. His many accomplishments at Salesforce include the migration of Salesforce’s largest customers to upgraded hardware with no downtime, live database change record ingestion, and the creation of visibility tooling for calculating data throughput rates.

Russell received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California Berkeley College of Engineering, where he was also the head teaching assistant in the field of High Performance Computing.

Chris Van Dyke Overview CEO

Chris Van Dyke

Co-founder & CEO

Chris Van Dyke is the CEO and co-founder of Overview. He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, corporate development, sales and marketing. With over 16 years of engineering and manufacturing expertise, Chris focuses on optimizing customer’s manufacturing operations using artificial intelligence and computer vision to accelerate product development, reduce rework, and improve yields. Since founding Overview in 2018, Chris has been instrumental in building a company and team dedicated to a disruptive, positive impact on manufacturing for decades to come. 

Before Overview, Chris served in several senior manufacturing engineering positions at Tesla for eight years. For Tesla’s Model 3, he led the 80-person battery design team from the initial battery concept to the product launch to the high-volume production. He also managed the infrastructure and equipment design for the first Gigafactory, including equipment for supporting battery cell manufacturing. Chris also launched Tesla’s Electric Vehicle Supercharger Program, with more than 25,000 stations worldwide. 

Prior to Tesla, Chris was a senior engineer at H2Gen Innovations, during which time he co-authored multiple patents. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Austin Appel

Co-founder & Head of Product

Austin Appel is the head of product and a co-founder at Overview, where he is responsible for leading product development and operations. With over 8 years of experience in manufacturing and systems engineering, Austin works with customers to ensure that manufacturing operations can quickly adopt and use artificial intelligence-based computer vision systems.

Before Overview, Austin spent four years at Tesla in various capacities, including battery manufacturing, and research and development (R&D). He led the design for manufacturability (DFM) and automation efforts for the Model 3 battery pack production at Tesla’s first Gigafactory. Earlier at Tesla, he expanded the production of Model S and X battery packs through equipment design and implementation.

Austin holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.