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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TIP 0402-16 "Guidelines for inspection and nondestructive examination of paper machine dryers" (Revision)
TIP 0420-14 "Guide for increasing the maximum allowable working pressure of cast iron, ASME constructed paper machine dryers" (Revision and title change)

Special note: Documents appearing in the TAPPI online version of the Standards and TIPs are updated once a month (usually around the 15th). So it is possible that there is a delay between the publication announcement and the posting online. If you are a subscriber to the online access to Standards and TIPs and you are in a hurry for new documents that have not yet been posted, you can send a request to

TAPPI Standards in Ballot

The TAPPI Standards regulations require public review of standards that are up for ballot. TAPPI members can view any drafts that are in ballot by logging in to the TAPPI web site (, clicking on "My TAPPI," and then clicking on the "Standards Public Draft Review" link on the left side of the page. If you would like to review and comment on any draft and are not a member of the corresponding Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG), you may view the draft online or you may request a copy of the draft being balloted, by writing to TAPPI members may join SSIGs as permanent members; go to the Subject Category page to download forms for this purpose. Nonmembers of TAPPI may join any SSIG as a voting member; to do so, send a message to to receive a copy of the draft and a ballot.

Listed below are TAPPI Standards that have recently gone out for ballot to the corresponding Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG). The date in parentheses is the closing date for voting.

T 1011 "Basis weight of fiberglass mats" (July 2, 2010)
T 1012 "Moisture content of fiber glass mats" (July 6, 2010)
T 657 "Sampling of fillers and pigments" (july 19, 2010)
T New (WI 3018) "Aerobiological fungal growth of paper under extreme indoor air quality" (July 19, 2010)
T 1013 "Loss on ignition of fiber glass mats" (July 23, 2010)
T 810 "Bursting strength of corrugated board" (title change) (July 23, 2010)
T 1014 "Moisture sensitivity of fiber glass mats" (July 26, 2010)

General Announcements

A proposal has been made to reinstate withdrawn standard T 421 "Qualitative (including optical microscopic) analysis of mineral filler and mineral coating of paper." This standard was withdrawn in 2003 by the Quality and Standards Management Committee due to lack of progress in its review.
The scope of the method is: This method describes procedures which may be used for the qualitative determination and identification of the mineral constituents of filled and coated papers. Due to the similarity in chemical composition and physical size and shape of some of the various possible constituents contained in a given paper specimen, more precise quantitative methods may at times be required for positive identification. It is recommended that one become thoroughly familiar with this method by analyzing paper samples of known mineral component content.

Because the Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) is currently short of members, this announcement is to solicit new members of the SSIG.

Any individuals who are interested in this Standard may join the SSIG to receive ballots when this method is ready for vote. If you would like to join the SSIG for this project, please notify the Standards Department at mailto:standards@tappi.orgor by fax at +1-770-446-6947 no later than July 15, 2010.

Standards Coming Up For Review

The system for review and development of TAPPI Standards requires an announcement of review dates so that any interested TAPPI parties may access the drafts, submit comments, and/or join the Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) to cast an official vote.

Listed below are the Standards that will be up for review from July 2010 through December 2010. The date indicated is the target date on which the draft will be posted for review by TAPPI members in the Members Only section of the TAPPI website. Go to the home page (, log on with your member ID and password, place your cursor over "Membership," and select "My TAPPI" from the dropdown box. When your personal page appears, click on the "Standards Public Draft Review" link on the left-hand side. You do not have to be a member of the Standard Specific Interest Group to comment on the draft.

Nonmembers of TAPPI who wish to be part of the voting for any Standard should send a message to and request voting membership on the corresponding SSIG, prior to the target ballot date, if possible. Anyone who joins the SSIG before the target balloting date will receive a notice of the ballot. Nonmembers cannot access the drafts online, but they will be sent copies by email upon request after receiving the notice of ballot by email.

If you have joined the Standard Specific Interest Group for any Standards, you will receive a notice for ballot at the proper time with instructions for casting your vote and making your comments. If you wish to join the Standard Specific Interest Group for a particular Standard, please go to the Subject Categories for Standards page or contact the Standards Department at TAPPI (, or phone +1-770-209-7276 or fax +1-770-446-6947).

T 809 om-06 Flat crush of corrugating medium (CMT test) (July 13, 2010)
T 804 om-06 Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers (July 16, 2010)
T 801 om-06 Impact resistance of fiberboard shipping containers (July 20, 2010)
T 684 om-06 Gross heating value of black liquor (July 23, 2010)
T 400 sp-06 Sampling and accepting a single lot of paper, paperboard, containerboard, or related product (July 27, 2010)
T 509 om-06 Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (cold extraction method) (July 30, 2010)
T 435 om-06 Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (hot extraction method) (August 3, 2010)
T 610 sp-06 Preparation of indicators and standard solutions (August 6, 2010)
T 222 om-06 Acid insoluble lignin in wood and pulp (August 10, 2010)
T 413 om-06 Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 900 degrees C (August 13, 2010)
T 266 om-06 Determination of sodium, calcium, copper, iron, and manganese in pulp and paper by atomic absorption (August 17, 2010)
T 519 om-06 Diffuse opacity of paper (d/0 paper backing) (September 3, 2010)
T 218 sp-06 Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (Buchner funnel procedure) (September 10, 2010)
T 531 cm-01 Starch consumption in corrugated board (enzymatic/gravimetric method) (September 14, 2010
T 646 om-06 Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (45/0) (September 17, 2010)
T 532 cm-01 Starch consumption in corrugated board (enzymatic/colorimetric method) (September 21, 2010)
T 494 om-06 Tensile properties of paper and paperboard (using constant rate of elongation apparatus) (September 24, 2010)
T 464 om-01 Water vapor transmission rate of paper and paperboard at high temperature and humidity (September 28, 2010)
T 460 om-06 Air resistance of paper (Gurley method) (October 1, 2010)
T 537 om-06 Dirt count in paper and paperboard (optical character recognition - OCR) October 15, 2010)
T 444 om-06 Silver tarnishing by paper and paperboard (October 22, 2010)
T 412 om-06 Moisture in pulp, paper, and paperboard (October 29, 2010)
T 523 om-06 Dynamic measurement of water vapor transfer through sheet materials (November 5, 2010)
T 236 om-06 Kappa number of pulp (November 12, 2010)
T 262 sp-06 Preparation of mechanical pulps for testing (November 19, 2010)
T 263 sp-06 Identification of wood and fibers from conifers (December 3, 2010)
T 258 om-06 Basic density and moisture content of pulpwood (December 10, 2010)
T 232 cm-01 Fiber length of pulp by projection (December 17, 2010)

Did You Know
... that to participate in the balloting process for TAPPI Standards you must sign up for the Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs)? Although drafts for ballot are available for anyone – members or nonmembers – to review and comment on, you must be a TAPPI member in good standing to receive official ballots and cast a vote on new or revised Standards. Each Standard has its own SSIG – so you have to sign up for each Standard that you have an interest in. Links to all of the SSIGs (by subject category) can be found on the Subject Category for Standards web page.
Acronyms You May Need to Know

For details on these commonly-used acronyms in the development of TAPPI Standards and TIPs, please see the Standards Guidelines and the TIP Guidelines, or send your questions to

TIP = Technical Information Paper
Q&SMC = Quality and Standards Management Committee
SSIG = Standard-Specific Interest Group
SARG = Standards Advisory Review Group
WI = Work Item
WG = Working Group
WGC = Working Group Chairman
om = Official Method
pm = Provisional Method
sp = Standard Practice
cm = Classical Method
ss = Standard Specification
sg = Standard Guideline
gl = Standard Glossary
wd = Withdrawn Standard
UM = Useful Method

Searching and Ordering TAPPI Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

Details on how to search and order TAPPI Standards and TIPs can be found on the TAPPI website's Search and Order page.

All individual TIPs or Standards are available for electronic or paper delivery. For electronic delivery, the documents are e-mailed in PDF format. Hard copy documents can be mailed or faxed, but shipping and handling costs will apply.

For Individual TIPs, order Item Number: 0108____ (Insert TIP number).
For Individual Standards, order Item Number: 0104T____ (Insert Standard number).
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