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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 491 "Water immersion number of paperboard" (January 4, 2013)
T 453 "Effect of dry heat on properties of paper and board" (January 11, 2013)
T 511 "Folding endurance of paper (MIT tester)" (January 18, 2013)
T 274 "Laboratory screening of pulp (MasterScreen-type instrument)" (January 25, 2013)
T 236 "Kappa number of pulp" (January 28, 2013)
T 282 "Hexeneuronic acid content of chemical pulp" (January 28, 2013)
T 406 "Reducible sulfur in paper and paperboard" (January 31, 2013)

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General Announcements

TAPPI is in the initial stages of developing a new TAPPI Standard or TIP for verifying the recyclability of aqueous barrier coatings. We are seeking technical experts in the area of recycling aqueous coatings to work on this proposed standard. Experts do not have to be TAPPI members, although a TAPPI member among the group would need to serve as working group chair for the project..

If you are interested in participating in initial discussion, please contact Scott Springmier (


Getting started is easy. Do you have just a general idea for a standard, or are you farther along and have a substantial draft? If you just have a general idea for a standard or TIP, complete the New Idea Submission Form. TAPPI will review your idea and identify an appropriate committee or group to work on your suggestion. If you are further along, send an initial draft to From there, the TAPPI Standards Manager will guide you through the appropriate process to finalize and approve the new document.

ISO Technical Committee 6 (Paper, board and pulps) has two new groups under its jurisdiction:

Ad hoc Group 1 (AHG 1) - Framework for the development of International Standards on the Measurement and Characterization of Nanocellulose
Working Group10 (WG 10) - Automated testing

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO TC 6 (administered by TAPPI) needs to identify technical experts to serve on these two groups. If you have an interest in either, please send a message to


The Process and Product Quality Division has some opportunities for volunteers to participate in TAPPI activities. The Division Council needs a Secretary to serve one year (2013) as Secretary, then move up to Vice-Chair for two years (2014 and 2015), and then to serve as Chair of the Division for two years (2016 and 2017). If you are interested in involvement in standards development, committee involvement is a good place to start.

The Tissue Properties Subcommittee of the Physical Properties Committee also needs a volunteer to serve as Secretary in 2013, then as Vice-Chair in 2014 and 2015 and as Chair in 2016 and 2017. The Pulp and Chemical Properties Committee needs someone to serve as Vice-Chair in 2013 and as Chair in 2014 and 2015, and someone else to serve as Secretary in 2013, Vice-Chair in 2014 and 2015 and Chair in 2016 and 2017. The Optical Properties Committee needs someone to serve as Secretary in 2013, Vice-Chair in 2014 and 2015 and Chair in 2016 and 2017.

Please contact if you have an interest in working on these committees.


The following TAPPI Standards have been approved as American National Standards by the ANSI Board of Standards Review:

T 262 sp-12 "Preparation of mechanical pulps for testing"
T 272 sp-12 "Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (sheet machine procedure)"
T 437 om-12 "Dirt in paper and paperboard"
T 551 om-12 "Thickness of paper and paperboard (soft platen method)"
T 563 om-12 "Equivalent black area (EBA) and count of visible dirt in pulp, paper and paperboard by image analysis"
T 657 sp-12 "Sampling of fillers and pigments"
T 804 om-12 "Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers"
T 839 om-12 "Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard using the clamp method (short column test)"
T 1500 gl-12 "Optical measurements terminology (related to appearance evaluation of paper)"

Notices of these final approvals will be placed in the December 21, 2012, edition of ANSI Standards Action.

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 in 2013. 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. On that date, you may 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 Standard, 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 526 cm-04 Blister resistance of coated paper in heatset printing (May 7, 2013)
T 627 om-09 Determination of titanium dioxide (May 14, 2013)
T 648 om-09 Viscosity of coating clay slurry (May 21, 2013)
T 843 om-09 Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (rigid support method) (June 4, 2013)
T 824 om-09 Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (flexible beam method) (June 11, 2013)
T 836 om-09 Bending stiffness, four point method (June 18, 2013)
T 825 om-09 Flat crush test of corrugated board (rigid support method) (June 25, 2013)
T 569 om-09 Internal bond strength (Scott type) (July 9, 2013)
T 831 om-09 Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop penetration test (July 16, 2013)
T 631 om-09 Microbiological enumeration of process water and slush pulp (July 23, 2013)
T 604 om-09 Sulfur dioxide in sulfite cooking liquor (July 30, 2013)
T 1205 sp-09 Dealing with suspect (outlying) test determinations (August 6, 2013)
T 529 om-09 Surface pH measurement of paper (August 13, 2013)
T 650 om-09 Solids content of black liquor (August 20, 2013
T 699 om-09 Analysis of pulping liquors by suppressed ion chromatography (September 10, 2013)
T 534 om-09 Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (d/0 diffuse) (September 24, 2013)
T 515 om-09 Visual grading and color matching of paper (October 1, 2013)
T 480 om-09 Specular gloss of paper and paperboard at 75 degrees (October 8, 2013)
T 458 cm-04 Surface wettability of paper (angle of contact method) (October 13, 2013)
T 573 sp-09 Accelerated temperature aging of printing and writing paper by dry oven exposure apparatus (October 22, 2013)
T 409 sp-09 Machine direction of paper and paperboard (October 29, 2013)
T 448 om-09 Water vapor transmission rate of paper and paperboard at 23 degrees C and 50% RH (November 5, 2013)
T 455 sp-09 Identification of wire side of paper (November 12, 2013)
T 278 sp-09 Pulp screening (Valley-type screening device) (November 19, 2013)
T 227 om-09 Freeness of pulp (Canadian standard method) (December 3, 2013)
T 259 om-09 Species identification of nonwood plant fibers (December 10, 2013)

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, TIPs and Useful Methods can be found on the TAPPI website's Search and Order page.

For Individual TIPs, order Item Number: 0108____ (Insert TIP number)

For Individual Standards, order Item Number: 0104T____ (Insert Standard number)

For individual Useful Methods, order Item Number 0104UM____ (insert UM number)

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The 2012 collection of Standards, TIPs, and UMs, published in March of 2012 (product code STUCD-12), 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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