Vistex's PFL Autoclave

A direct comparison of Vistex's PFL process and autoclaving was done with the help of leading composites manufacturers. A peer reviewed journal paper reports that PFL cured components are equivalent to autoclaved parts but with a variety of cost and time saving features. 

Vistex's process gets its speed and efficiency from direct conduction heating and direct application of pressure. In fact, not only does the direct contact with the part reduce cycle time and process costs, but the PFL acts as a pressure intensifier, reducing bridging effects, creating more dimensionally uniform parts.

Vistex's PFL Autoclave

A direct comparison of Vistex's PFL process and autoclaving was done with the help of leading composites manufacturers. A peer reviewed journal paper reports that PFL cured components are equivalent to autoclaved parts but with a variety of cost and time saving features. 

Vistex's process gets its speed and efficiency from direct conduction heating and direct application of pressure. In fact, not only does the direct contact with the part reduce cycle time and process costs, but the PFL acts as a pressure intensifier, reducing bridging effects, creating more dimensionally uniform parts.

Third party verified performance

Direct comparisons of Vistex's PFL™ process and traditional autoclaving was done with the help of leading composites manufacturers. Peer reviewed journal papers report that PFL™ cured components are equivalent to autoclaved parts with a variety of cost and time saving benefits. 

Vistex's process gets its speed and efficiency from direct conduction heating and the direct application of pressure. In fact, not only does the direct contact with the part reduce cycle time and process costs, but the PFL™ acts as a pressure intensifier, reducing bridging effects and surface voids, thus creating more dimensionally uniform parts.

Vistex's PFL > Autoclave

 
 

Process Validation Through Extensive Testing

Vistex’s process has gone through exhaustive testing, including multiple studies that have been published in peer reviewed journals. These studies have shown that the PFL™ is capable of fabricating composite samples meeting or exceeding the performance of samples fabricated using autoclaves as the benchmark. Specifically, the metrics of void volume, fiber volume fraction, flexural modulus, and geometrical tolerance have been shown to meet or exceed that of autoclave samples manufactured and tested by 3rd parties. It has been demonstrated that when using Vistex’s PFL™ a vacuum bag is not necessary to achieve these metrics.

Put simply...

Autoclave Quality

Thermoset composites made with the PFL™ have void volumes, fiber volume fraction, strength and stiffness all equivalent or superior to autoclave processed components.

Extremely Rapid Cycle

Vistex shares industry leading cycle times of 10 minutes for snap cure resin systems and is closing in on 2 minutes for thermoplastic composites, enabling new high volume applications.

No Vacuum Bagging

The PFL™ cuts pre-processing cycle time and reduces waste through elimination of wasteful vacuum bagging steps, and provides a vastly superior B-side surface finish.

Less Energy & Less Waste

Conduction based heating drastically reduces process energy consumption and with elimination of bagging materials, there is only minimal process waste.
 
 

What this means for you...

High Quality

Being equivalent to autoclaving means you can get industry leading quality and performance but at the price point for cheaper processes like vacuum bagging or RTM.

Short Lead Times & High Throughput

Vistex's PFL™ process enables new applications through cycle efficiency. One PFL™ tool can produce up to 3,750 thermoset composite units per month or 45,000 units per year, without the high cost of match mold tooling. Advances in thermoplastic composites are enabling us to reach theoretically 225,000 units per year per mold.

Lower Cost

With the elimination of process waste and tedious vacuum bagging processes, Vistex can provide you with competitive pricing without the need to sacrifice quality.

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