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.

Vistex's PFL > Autoclave

 
 

PFL™ Tooling

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.
 

Third party verified performance, so you don't have to take our word for it

 

What this means for you...

High Quality Product

Being equivalent to autoclaving means you can make composites with industry leading quality and performance but at the price point competitive with cheaper processes like vacuum bagging, VIP, or RTM.

Short Lead Times & High Throughput

Vistex's PFL™ process enables new applications through cycle efficiency. One PFL™ mold set can produce up to 45,000 units per year, without the high cost of match mold tooling (resin chemistry limited). Advances in thermoplastic composites are enabling the PFL™ to reach upwards of 225,000 units per year per mold.

Lower Cost & Higher Margins

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

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