Qi2 is the third generation of one of the world’s most influential innovators in industrial tool development. Founded in 1970 as Flow Research, this first generation of our company was the source of invention for commercialized wind power, water jet cutting technology and many other industrial firsts. Through the creation of multiple industries and companies, Qi2 is collectively the genesis which has created greater than $4 billion in annual industry activity. We are enabling oil and gas inspection companies to navigate unpiggable pipelines and have provided military aviation with new, more sensitive inspection and detection technologies. In November 2010, Qi2 spun out its most recent commercial venture, Quest Metrology, LLC, which offers automated non-contact thread form measurement technology that is redefining what is possible for thread inspection.

Looking forward, as we service our customers with existing engineering services, we will continually strive to develop more “paradigm shift” technologies and novel solutions that deliver improved accuracy and performance.

 

Headquarters

Qi2 is headquartered near Seattle, Washington, USA.  (Kent)

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Tomorrow

Qi2 will continue to refine and expand its engineering and development capabilities and work to bring valuable new technologies to market. In keeping with the prevailing company strategy, we will further expand both vertically and horizontally as fits the company’s core competencies and customer needs.

2011

  • Qi2 is selected as the new company brand.
  • Qi2 joins with Quest Integrity Group and Quest Metrology in relocation to new centralized corporate headquarters, Quest Center.
  • Qi2 expands business line capabilities in Electronic Printing and Materials Development with investments into electronic printing lab with an advanced Optomec Aerosol Jet 300 System, and the construction of a crystal growth development lab.
  • Qi2 brings to market services program for contract electronic printing by private industry, providing access to one of only 16 Aerosol Jet Systems then installed in the US.

2010

  • Quest Metrology, LLC – spun out and established as new business platform to commercialize first of its kind portable API thread form profiler and grow the automation of thread form measurement.
  • August – Acquisition of selected assets from Johnson Thread-View Systems, LLC delivers addition of vision-based automated thread inspection system around which to build next generation stationary OD and ID full-form thread measurement systems.

2010

  • Quest Integrity Group sale – With Quest Reliability and Quest TruTec now operating under the Quest Integrity brand, the company is sold to public company TEAM, Inc. for cash plus stock. Company maintains autonomy of brand.
  • Strategy to return to direct incubation of new technology companies, which was legacy of Flow Research, is prioritized by management. QUEST brand change and expansion of company operations put into process.

2008

  • QC-40 – Developed first for oil and gas industry as a Progressive Cavity Pump (PCP) Stator Profiling tool. Expanded market application: QC-40’s unique characteristics to measure out of round shapes is now being adapted for pipe and tubular goods production to check ovality.

2008 – 2010

Work progresses internally on the commercialization of the QC-30, an internal thread inspection system built from R&D for NIST and US Army. New project strategy is to achieve a form factor that will give users a fully portable solution for API and then NPT thread form inspection.

2007

  • Structural Reliability Technologies, Inc. (formerly SRT) of Boulder, CO is acquired by Quest Reliability giving it new capabilities in fracture mechanics.
  • Quest Integrity Group, LLC – is formed as umbrella company to later merge Quest Reliability and Quest TruTec, giving the company a global market footprint to build a leading energy asset lifecycle management company with capabilities in NDT assessment, materials science and fracture and computational mechanics.

2006

  • Quest Reliability, LLC – MPT, Ltd. (Wellington and Brisbane) is purchased from New Zealand government and used as foundation to form Quest Reliability, LLC, with specializations in materials science.
  • A unique R&D bridge is formed by QUEST with New Zealand’s Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) and its research arm, Industrial Research Labs (IRL).

2005

QUEST acquires Magneto Optic Inspection (MOI) technology from PRI and continues development to optimize its application for government and commercial aircraft inspections.

2004

Quest TruTec, LP – A novel joint venture is the outcome from a planned acquisition of TruTec Services from Koch Chemical Technologies Group. New company Quest TruTec is formed combining QUEST LOTIS® boiler and reformer assessment technologies with column and tower plant inspection of Tru-Tec Services. Formed company results in largest refining and chemical plant inspection company in North America.

1998

  • LOTIS® Tube Inspection System – A services division formed as QUEST begins commercialization of its LOTIS® technology. Quickly sets new standard for use to inspect and measure reformer tubes and boilers.
  • EUCLID™ – A self-compensating laser alignment system now used for both manufacturing and high energy research applications. Boeing uses systems in its 777 production lines to align fixturing within the fuselage.

1997

LOTIS® 200-K Small Tube ID Measurement System – Developed for a classified application. Laser caliper reports 12 simultaneous radius measurements as probe moves 4 meters down a tube that is 8 mm in diameter.

1996

  • Waterjet International, Inc. – Spinout of Waterjet technology adapted to use in preparing extensive metallic surfaces for painting, particularly structures and vessels. Changed name to Surface Protection, Inc. and was subsequently sold to the Muelhan Group, a globally important surface protection concern.
  • LOTIS® QC-20 Hose Measurement System – QUEST develops an extremely accurate, laser-based measurement system to replace conventional tools (plug gauges, pi tapes) used in the US automotive hose market.

1995

  • QUEST tasked by the National Institute for Standards and Testing (NIST) to produce a high-precision tool for measuring the geometry of an inside threaded part or fastener.
  • LOTIS® (Laser Optic Tube Inspection System) technology is applied as foundation solution.

1994

FlowDril Corporation – Spin out to develop and market high-pressure downhole pumps and jet-assisted drilling technology for oil and gas exploration. Company technology is in industry trials.

1990

  • Company name changed to QUEST Integrated, Inc. (QUEST) – Focus shifts to precision measurement systems for manufacturing and defense customers.
  • First phase Research and Development of LOTIS® (Laser Optic Tube Inspection System) technology commences.

1986 – 1998

Substantial success is achieved leading into and in the 1990s with development of laser profiling and ultrasonic technologies, particularly with those able to measure internal and external geometries of cylindrical objects.

1985

FloWind Corporation
Spinout created with Sandia Labs. Brought first commercially viable wind energy turbine to market which was used to establish Northern California wind farm (Vertical Axis Wind Turbines or VAWT). In 2009 under China–US Ten-Year Energy and Environment Cooperation Framework. Company licensed to develop a 450 MW offshore VAWT to develop in the South China Sea, the planet’s first floating wind farm.

1983

FlowMole Corporation
Spinout formed to commercialize and market waterjet technology to create a guided fluid jet horizontal drilling system, for trenchless installation of utilities, such as fiber optic cable. IPO issued in 1985 and became UTILX in 1991. Retaken private in 2000, today it is part of $3.5 billion asset Tenska Power Fund, L.P.

1983

Flow International Corporation [FLOW-NASDAQ]
Origin of Waterjet cutting technology. Spin out to commercialize and market the waterjet process by producing a range of precision cutting tools. First formed as Flow Industries in 1983, merged with ADMAC in 1989 to form FLOW International. Set de facto standards for industry.

1983

FloWind Corporation
Spinout created with Sandia Labs. Brought first commercially viable wind energy turbine to market which was used to establish Northern California wind farm (Vertical Axis Wind Turbines or VAWT). In 2009 under China–US Ten-Year Energy and Environment Cooperation Framework. Company licensed to develop a 450 MW offshore VAWT to develop in the South China Sea, the planet’s first floating wind farm.

1970

Flow Research, Inc.
Founded in Kent, WA by former scientists at Boeing Research Laboratories.
Purpose – Develop commercial solutions through strategic leveraging of pure R&D grants that have cross-over potential for use in industry.