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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TIP 0305-13 "Project leader" (Revision)
TIP 0304-68 "Improved techniques to measure corrugator glue machine meter gaps" (Revision)
TIP 0402-27 "Guidelines for inspection of continuous digesters and impregnation vessels" (Revision)
TIP 0402-03 "Guidelines for corrosion resistant weld metal overlay of digester vessels in alkaline pulping service" (Revision)
TIP 0402-24 "Guide to the use of stainless steel pipe specifications" (Revision)
TIP 0502-13 "Retention definitions" (Revision)
T 618 "Analysis of limestone" (Revision)
T 613 "Analysis of caustic soda" (Revision)
T 844 "Determining construction (nominal basis weight) of corrugated board" (New)
T 261 "Fines fraction by weight of paper stock by wet screening" (Revision)
T 213 "Dirt in pulp - chart method" (Revision)
T 560 "CIE whiteness and tint of paper and paperboard (d/0 geometry, C/2 illuminant/observer)" (Revision) T 555 "Roughness of paper and paperboard (print-surf method)" (Revision)
T 465 "Static creasing of paper for water vapor transmission tests" (Revision)
T 621 "Analysis of rosin" (Revision)
T 493 "Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper" (Revision)
T 546 "Machine-direction grammage variation measurement (gravimetric method)" (Revision)
T 429 "Alpha-cellulose in paper" (Revision)
T 223 "Pentosans in wood and pulp" (Revision)
T 622 "Analysis of sodium hydrosulfite" (Revision)
T 200 "Laboratory beating of pulp (Valley beater method): (Revision)
T 1006 "Testing of fiber glass mats: Use of modified TAPPI procedures for sampling and lot acceptance, stiffness, tear resistance, air permeability, and thickness" (Revision)
T 1007 "Sample location for fiber glass mat sheets" (Revision)
T 434 "Acid-soluble iron in paper" (Revision)
T 1008 "Test conditions for fiberglass mat test methods" (Revision)
T 1009 "Tensile strength and elongation at break for fiber glass mats" (Revision)
T 1012 "Moisture content of fiber glass mats" (Revision)
T 628 "Analysis of rosin size" (Revision)
T 1016 "Average fiber diameter of fiber glass mats" (Revision)
T 1013 "Loss on ignition of fiber glass mats" (Revision)
T 1014 "Moisture sensitivity of fiber glass mats" (Revision)
T 1015 "Fiber glass mat uniformity (visual defects)" (Revision)
T 803 "Puncture test of containerboard" (Reclassification as a Classical Method) (Revision)
T 541 "Internal bond strength of paperboard (z-direction tensile)" (Revision)
T 558 "Surface wettability and absorbency of sheeted materials using an automated contact angle tester (Revision)
T 220 "Physical testing of pulp handsheets" (Revision)
T 454 "Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers" (Revision)

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 on line 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 632 cm-01 "Analysis of sodium silicate" (October 28, 2010)
T 801 om-06 "Impact resistance of fiberboard shipping containers" (for WITHDRAWAL; October 28, 2010)
T 646 om-06 "Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (45/0)" (November 1, 2010)
T 494 om-06 "Tensile properties of paper and paperboard (using constant rate of elongation apparatus)" (November 8, 2010)
T 464 om-06 "Water vapor transmission rate of paper and paperboard at high temperature and humidity" (November 12, 2010)
T 576 pm-07 "Tensile properties ("dry tensile") of towel and tissue products" (title change and revision; November 15, 2010)
T New (WI 3016) "Tensile breaking strength ("wet tensile strength") of water-saturated paper and paperboard: immersion method" (November 15, 2010)
T New (WI 3017) "Tensile breaking strength ("wet tensile strength") of water-saturated paper and paperboard" (November 15, 2010)
T 460 om-06 "Air resistance of paper (Gurley method)" (November 15, 2010)
T 810 om-06 "Bursting strength of corrugated board" (revision and title change; November 29, 2010)
T 807 om-08 "Bursting strength of linerboard" (November 29, 2010)
T 551 om-06 "Thickness of paper and paperboard (soft platen method)" (November 29, 2010)
T 537 om-06 "Dirt count in paper and paperboard (optical character recognition - OCR)" (November 29, 2010)
T 600 cm-01 "Analysis of formaldehyde in aqueous solutions and of free formaldehyde in resins" (proposed reclassification as an Official Method, November 29, 2010)


A proposal has been made for a new Provisional Method: "Preparation of sheets for ERIC determination (sheet mould method with filtrate paper)."

The scope of the method is: This method provides a means for producing high retention, low grammage sheets of recycled fiber pulp for effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) determination according to T 567, as originally proposed in two reference works. The opacity of the prepared sheets remains below 97.0%, which enables the measurement of the scattering coefficient that is utilized in ERIC measurement. ERIC measurement is dependent on the distribution of ink and other light scattering particles. Hence, even subtle changes in the fines or fillers content in recycled pulp can have a significant impact on its near-infrared light scattering. Similarly the test media must retain as much fines and fillers as possible to represent the original pulp during ERIC measurement. Thus, fines, fillers, and their retention on the test sheet have a profound effect on the ERIC value observed. For this reason, the measurement of pulp scattering has been recommended during ERIC determination. This takes into account the sum effect of all light scattering material and hence the changes in pulp properties are taken into consideration when studying ink concentration.

A Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) must be formed for this proposal. 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 or by fax at +1-770-446-6947 no later than November 22, 2010.

SSIG Members Needed

TAPPI Standards T 531 cm-01 "Starch consumption in corrugated board (enzymatic/gravimetric method)" and T 532 "Starch consumption in corrugated board (enzymatic/colorimetric method)" are up for ten-year review (Classical Methods). There are currently only nine people on each Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG); ten is the minimum required.

If you would like to join either or both of these SSIGs, please send a message to no later than November 1, 2010. Assuming we get enough SSIG members, these methods will be balloted for review shortly after that date.

Standards Coming Up For Review
A proposal has been submitted for the early review of T 419 "Starch in Paper." The proposal indicates several changes relevant to technology and calculations plus some editorial changes. If you would like to join the Standard-Specific INterest Group (SSIG) in order to vote on the proposed revision, please notify no later than November 12, 2010.
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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