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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TIP 0305-47 "Multiple-out rotary die cut stacking" (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 449 "Bacteriological examination of paper and paperboard" (September 1, 2011)
T 530 "Size test for paper by ink resistance (Hercules-type method)" (September 2, 2011)
T 512 "Creasing of flexible packaging material paper specimens for testing" (September 9, 2011)
T 547 "Air permeance of paper and paperboard (Sheffield method)" (September 9, 2011)
T 277 "Macro stickies content in pulp: the "pick-up" method (September 12, 2011)
T 281 "Open drum washer mat sampling technique" (September 15, 2011)
T 240 "Consistency (concentration) of pulp suspensions" (September 16, 2011)
T 212 "One percent sodium hydroxide solubility of wood and pulp" (September 19, 2011)
T 559 "Grease resistance test for paper and paperboard" (September 24, 2011)
T 665 "Analysis of talc" (September 26, 2011)

General Announcements

Suppliers of reference materials for TAPPI Test Methods are requested to certify their compliance with TAPPI Standard Practice T 1211 "Acceptance Procedures for Calibration Laboratories." This practice, current edition T 1211 sp-11, establishes guidelines for the listing of organizations as calibration laboratories or providers of standardized materials for TAPPI Standard Test Methods. Such organizations are involved with the maintenance of master instruments, calibration of test instruments, and the issuance of calibration materials or transfer standards.

The list of reference material suppliers appears in the full set of TAPPI Standards, on the TAPPI website, or is available upon request from the TAPPI Standards Department ( Organizations currently on the list will be notified that it is required that they recertify on a yearly basis in order to remain on the list. Organizations that file the recertification form with TAPPI by September 1, 2011, are assured of being listed in the next edition of the full set of methods on CD that will be released in March 2012. The filing date of September 1, 2011, has been established so that there will be time to review the responses prior to the publication deadline.

Organizations that provide reference materials for TAPPI Standard Test Methods but which are not currently on the Reference Materials list should also submit self-certification forms by September 1, 2011, in order to be included in the next full set listing. Such organizations should contact the TAPPI Standards Department ( to obtain the certification form.

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 2:30 pm CENTRAL time, at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Ft. Worth, TX, the site of the 2011 Corr Expo Conference. SARG approval is the last step prior to publication for any new or revised standard.

In order to act on any appeals from TAPPI members relevant to the standards up for approval, the SARG meeting is open to anyone for participation. The agenda appears below and another copy with links to the documents up for approval has been posted on the SARG page.

If you would like to participate by conference call, please send a message before September 21, 2011, to


Standards Advisory Review Group

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:30 pm (CENTRAL time)

Worthington Renaissance Hotel Fort Worth, TX

I. Welcome and introductions

II. Antitrust Statement

III. Approval of Agenda

IV. Approval of Minutes from May 1, 2011

V. Standards ready for final approval (* indicates standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)

T 556 "Bending resistance of paper and paperboard by single-point bending methods [TITLE CHANGE]"

T 543 "Bending resistance of paper (Gurley-type tester)"

*T NEW (WI 3019) "Accelerated light aging of printing and writing paper by xenon-arc exposure apparatus"

*T 519 "Diffuse opacity of paper (d/0 paper backing)"

*T 425 "Opacity of paper (15/d geometry, illuminant A/2º, 89% reflectance backing and paper backing)

*T 412 "Moisture in pulp, paper, and paperboard"

*T 476 "Abrasion loss of paper and paperboard (Taber-type method)"

*T 811 "Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard (short column test)"

*T NEW (WI 3014) "Training standard for paper machine tender"

T 244 "Acid-insoluble ash in wood, pulp, paper, and paperboard" T 624 "Analysis of soda and sulfate white and green liquors"

*T 822 "Ring crush of paperboard (rigid support method)"

VI. Other business

VII. Next meeting

VIII. Adjournment


Did You Know

... that many of the TAPPI Standard Test methods require the use of reference materials for calibrating the instruments used in testing? As an example, Optical properties tests (brightness, whiteness, and other tests of appearance properties) are tests where the need for specialized reference materials is widely recognized. The use of certified reference measures of mass, distance, time, and volume are also widely used within the paper industry measurement organizations for verifying calibration of basis weight balances, cutting dies and templates, tensile testers, to name only a few of the more obvious examples. As assistance to those needing a source of reference calibrating materials or equipment, TAPPI maintains a Reference Materials List which is described in TAPPI Standard Practice T 1211. Suppliers of standard materials for TAPPI Standard Test Methods that would like to be placed on the Referenced Materials List are encouraged to consult this Standard Practice for guidance on the steps to take in order to be listed. In addition to reading the requirements of TAPPI T 1211, interested parties are encouraged to contact Charles Bohanan, TAPPI Director of Standards and Awards, at to discuss specific needs of the Reference Materials program or assistance in becoming a listed material source.


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 Standards, order Item Number: 0104T____ (Insert Standard number)
For Individual TIPs, order Item Number: 0108____ (Insert TIP number)
For Individual Useful Methods order item number: 0104UM_____ (Insert Useful Method number)

List price: $49; TAPPI member price: $32. There are no shipping or handling charges for electronic documents.

The 2011 collection of Standards, TIPs, and UMs, published in March of 2011, is available on CD. An Individual or Company License for access to the continually updated collection of Standards, TIPs, and UMs via the web is the best way to always have a current set of documents accessible. A print-on-demand version of either the Standards, TIPs, or UMs, current and updated as of the date printed, is also available.
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