Vulcraft PunchLok II System

Vulcraft PunchLok II System


Vulcraft PunchLok® II System

The Vulcraft PunchLok II System utilizes a specially designed pneumatic tool to achieve higher shear values at less cost through high quality side seam attachments. Used in conjunction with Vulcraft’s interlocking products, the PunchLok II tool is fast, effective, and provides a stronger and more positive attachment than screwed sidelaps or conventional button punches. It also provides excellent lateral diaphragm action, minimizes steel deck attachments, and potentially reduces steel deck gage. The PunchLok II system is designed to be used Vulcraft’s 1.5PLB-36, 3PLN-32, 3PLN-24, 1.5PLVLI-36, 2PLVLI-36, and 3PLVLI-36 steel deck.

VULCRAFT’S PUNCHLOK® II SYSTEM GETS THE JOB DONE RIGHT.

  • A weld-free system when used in conjunction with mechanical fasteners at supports.
  • As strong as top seam welds in most applications, but installs up to 10 times faster.
  • Requires no touch-up from either the topside or the bottom side of the deck.
  • Accuracy of the attachment can be inspected from the deck’s topside and requires no inspection tools or gages.

The Vulcraft PunchLok II System utilizes a specially designed pneumatic tool to achieve higher shear values at less cost through high quality side seam attachments. Used in conjunction with Vulcraft’s interlocking products, the PunchLok II tool is fast, effective, and provides excellent lateral diaphragm action. This video demonstrates the ease of using the PunchLok II tool.

 
The PunchLok® II System can bring value to your project. Below are a few examples.

Low Shear < 500 plf

Deck Gage Weld to Supports Sidelaps Shear Punchlok® II System Value
# per Span Type (plf)
B 22 36/7 6 #10 screws 495 • Same gage of steel deck
• Fewer sidelap connections
• Eliminates 11,000 welds per 100,000 sf
PLB 22 36/4 2 VSC2 479

500 plf < Modest Shear < 1000 plf

Deck Gage Weld to Supports Sidelaps Shear PunchLok® II System Value
# per Span Type (plf)
B 18 36/7 7 #10 screws 842 • 22 ga PLB saves 52 tons of steel per 100,000 sf
• Fewer sidelap connections
• Eliminates 11,000 welds per 100,000 sf
PLB 22 36/4 6 VSC2 856

High Shear > 1000 plf

Deck Gage Weld to Supports Sidelaps Shear PunchLok® II System Value
# per Span Type (plf)
B 18 36/7 10 Weld 1214 Comparable number of sidelap connections
• 20 ga PLB saves 18 tons of steel per 100,000 sf
• Eliminates 66,000 welds per 100,000 sf
PLB 20 36/4 7 VSC2 1259
 

For more information about what the PunchLok II System can do for your project, please see our online diaphragm design tool.

Diaphragm Shear Tables

Use in accordance with user manual, product guidelines and appropriate safety measures.