A New Kind of Masking Tape Will Save the Aerospace Industry Millions
When engineers build planes, they use heavy aluminum
Unlike your usual decorating-style masking tape,
Now, BAE Systems has developed a new kind of tape that doesn't leave behind a residue when it's peeled off. Made of a light, pre-cut vinyl, the tape uses different forms of adhesive to the usual tape to make it much easier to remove. In fact, it can be peeled off by hand and, according to BAE Systems, cuts the process time for an average component from 11 to 2.5 hours.
It's already being used on production of the company'sF-35 Lightning II aircraft, and it will also be used during assembly of the Hawk and Typhoon aircraft too. It's estimated to save $23,000 on the production of each plane-creating a total saving of $70 million over the next 20 years.