The world needs new ideas and technologies to make oil well drilling significantly faster, safer, and efficient. We are committed to this purpose since the inception of Quarkonics in 2012. 

Our vision: 
We want to see our technologies used on every rig in the world and they drill smooth high quality oil wells, faster, cheaper, and safer. Automated drilling will have impact not only on economy but also on environment, in reducing carbon footprint. 

Our philosophy: 
We believe that the right way to achieve this vision requires the following principles:
1. Rigorous scientific thinking
2. Thinking differently, from first principles
3. Systematic experimentation
4. Courage to make bold decisions, and
5. Integrated thinking with simultaneous focus on mobility and control

Each one of the above bullet points is crucial. Most firms fail to follow all these principles. 

Our capabilities:
To achieve the vision with our philosophy, we have invested in some key capabilities that make Quarkonics a unique firm: 
1. A global network of over 300 world-class scientists that include Ph.Ds in physics, chemistry, geology, sensor technologies, nano-technology, and artificial intelligence and control. 
2. Partnerships with industry partners, vendors, universities, and startups
3. Tools and infrastructure for innovation. This includes software, laboratory equipment, simulators, and domain knowledge. 
4. Innovation processes: we have refined our innovation processes over last ten years to accelerate hypothesis driven experimentation. 
5. We are growing our presence in the global market so that we can make our technologies available to every rig in the world. 

With the introduction of technologies like flow sensor, RT-ADS, data compression, and Helmsman, we are on the path to achieve our vision of drilling every oil well in the world significantly faster, safely, and efficiently.


Quarkonics Applied Research Corporation - some notable milestones

Established in 2010

Quarkonics was founded by Dr. N. P. Kulkarni, a physicist. Inspired by Thomas Edison, our dream is to industrialize R&D to solve technology problems faster and smarter. Initially we started with six scientists, and the network grew into 300 scientists from all over the globe.
Quarkonics was incorporated as a C-Corp in Michigan in 2012.

Development of RT-ADS - 2011

Quarkonics got its first break in 2011 when we developed RT-ADS - a real time drilling automation solution for National Oilwell Varco.

The world's first downhole flow sensor- 2013

We developed, now patented, downhole flow sensor that can sustain the temperatures of -50 to 300 degree Celsius and measure pressure up to 10,000 PSI

Data compression technology-2015

The biggest problem in Industrial IOT is how to transmit real time data from 5000 machines to cloud. No other IoT company than Quarkonics has been able to solve this problem. Our extremely light weight data transmission technology uses minimum bandwidth to transmit data from thousands of machines every few seconds.

Improving machine efficiency with AI- 2015

Combining our light-weight data transmission technology with AI, we developed a vibration monitoring solution for wind-mills, manufacturing, and refineries. These devices listen to critical machines 24/7 to detect efficiency issues and provide recommendations on calibrations to improve their efficiency

Directional Drilling Automation - 2018-19

We invented the world's first autonomous precision directional drilling technology that can keep the drill bit on track with 94% accuracy, improve rate of penetration (ROP) by 35%, and drill smooth low tortuosity oil wells.

N. P. Kulkarni, Ph.D.

Tone Rosingholm

Girish Chowdhary, Ph.D. 

Stefan Thomke

Robert Wylie

Mark Baskaran

Sindhu Nair

Claude Pruneau, Ph.D.

Claude Pruneau, Ph.D.

Spirit of Quarkonics


Passion for solving tough problems

We are scientists. We like to take challenges. We solve challenging problems because we have the ability to solve problems; and we must use our ability, our knowledge and expertise and solve those problems, because if we don't, who else will? That’s the reason Quarkonics exists. Speed matters. Problems must be solved faster.

Create long term value for customers

We are a customer focused company. We spend a lot of time in understanding our customers, their business, their engineering operations, problems they are facing, their current needs, and their real goals. We focus on what is important to customers.

Think differently

One cannot do the same things that others are doing and expect to produce better solutions than others. A problem exists because all standard methods did not work. We must think differently. That is why Quarkonics matters. 

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Detroit 48202

  • In the beginning of 2019, Quarkonics signed a long term agreement with National oilwell Varco to develop automation solutions and solve complex technology problems