A Cheaper Lighter Alternative to Non-Skid 
By Capt. David Matawitz, Commander, Cruiser Class Squadron Public Affairs 
NORFOLK (NSA) – The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) recently participated in a test for Cruiser Class Squadron’s (CGRON) project to install a less expensive Peel & Stick (P&S) Non-Slip alternative to the traditional non-skid. Non-skid is a strip of course material used on steps and doorway entrances to prevent slips and falls.

The new 3M product costs $4.32 per square foot and can be installed by ship’s force vice $10.50 per square foot for the traditional non-skid ($12.50 including contracted labor) - a 66 percent cost savings.

Additionally, P&S weighs half as much as the traditional non-skid at 0.39 pounds per square foot. This can add up to a significant weight savings on our already top-heavy guided-missile cruisers. Lake Champlain reported a cost savings of $23,300 and a weight savings of 1,430 pounds, more than 3,580 square feet vs. the same coverage of the traditional non-skid.

Peel & Stick Non-Slip has previously been approved for use in non-critical areas in spaces that are generally inside the skin of the ship. However, CGRON worked with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center to approve a Departure From Specifications (DFS) to install P&S on Lake Champlain’s decks topside 03 level and above. Additionally, NAVSEA is in the process of approving the 3M product for use in additional areas.

This is the first full-scale test of this type and ship’s force will be observing and tracking whether the 3M product can stand up to the rigors of shipboard use: extreme weather conditions, salt water intrusion, high traffic and abusive handling. When issues with the non-skid arise, notes will be taken on the ease and efficiency of repair/replacing of damaged areas and comparisons made with experience of working with traditional materials.

P&S has additional benefits over roll-on epoxy non-skid. It can be applied to any clean painted surface, it can be ready for immediate traffic after application, and it can be applied in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Aluminum structural integrity can be maintained by not having to use heavy impact or rotary equipment for removal. Small areas can be repaired or replaced without having to mix large quantities of epoxy. Material is available in black and grey, in various sizes, and is easy to cut and manipulate.
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