Pressed Composites



Our high performance autoclaves are equally advantageous to those we serve. Plasan North America’s Grand Rapids, Michigan manufacturing campus is equipped with three autoclaves, each of different size. This allows us to conduct high volume production runs for highly contoured parts, as well as short-run prototyping and early design testing.

Specific sizes of our three ASC Autoclaves are:

10′ diameter x 20′ deep

10′ diameter x 10′ deep

7′ diameter x 7′ deep, used for R&D

The 10′ x 10′ autoclave can run 12 beds of flat composite panels per cycle, with each bed at 72″ x 94″ in size. The 10′ x 20′ autoclave, in comparison, runs at 24 beds per cycle. Performance extremes of our autoclaves are approximately 450°F and 300 PSI


flat press

PNA utilizes presses that have low cycle times and yield consolidation without the need for autoclaving. Our press process has a hot cycle (time, tonnage, temperature) for consolidation, followed by a cooling cycle executed under pressure to eliminate any possibilities for distortion. 

High pressure press

PNA possesses the equipment and experience to manufacture 3-d composite parts as well. Using either our high pressure press paired with heated and cooled mold tools or one of our 3 state of the art autoclaves, PNA is able to produce high quality 3-D composite parts such as EOD bomb suit insets and contoured spall liners all built to our exacting standards.