When plains are built, heavy aluminum masking tape is used to cover parts and protect them during production. A new masking tape from BAE Systems is designed to fulfill the same job and peel away cleanly without leaving adhesive residue. This new tape is estimated to save the aerospace industry as much as $70 million over the next 20 years. Industrial grade masking tapes commonly leave behind a sticky residue, which is removed with sharp tools that can potentially damage parts. The new BAE Systems vinyl masking tapes use a different adhesive, which can be peeled away cleanly. It may even be peeled away by hand. This can greatly reduce the time needed to remove masking materials, thereby saving production costs. The new tape is already in use on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft and will be used in the production of Hawk and Typhoon aircrafts. The estimated savings is $23,000 per aircraft.