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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 650 "Solids content of black liquor" (October 4, 2013)

T 699 "Analysis of pulping liquors by suppressed ion chromatography" (October 25, 2013)

Special note about the online balloting system: TAPPI has been experiencing some problems on its website with the online system for balloting. The problem may or may not have been corrected by the time of the publication fo this edition of the STAR newsletter.

If you are a TAPPI member and expderience problems trying to access drafts and vote on line, send a message to and request that a copy of the draft be sent to you. then you can vote by replying to the email. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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General Announcements

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.

A revision has been proposed for T 257 om-12 "Sampling and preparing wood for analysis." The current method specifies a 40 mesh (0.40 mm) screen, but contains no definition of what type or screen is specified. A "40-mesh" screen may mean different sizes in different systems.

The proposed revision is to describe the screen more clearly by referring to an ASTM standard.

If you are not already a member of the Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) for T 257, you may join in order to receive the ballot for this revision. Please contact before September 30, 2013, to be placed on the SSIG before the ballot is distributed.


The working group reviewing TIP 0305-31 "Daily and month-to-date status report" has recommended that it be withdrawn. The working group believes that it is no longer necessary due to the number of computer driven maintenance programs currently available.

Anyone who has any objection to the withdrawal of TIP 0305-31 should contact no later than September 30, 2013. If there are no objections after this comment period, the TIP will be withdrawn. 

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 1:30 pm EASTERN time, at TAPPI Headquarters.  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 has been posted on the TAPPI SARG page and is shown below. If you would like to participate in the SARG meeting by conference call, please send a message before November 5, 2013, to


Standards Advisory Review Group
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
1:30 pm (EASTERN time)
TAPPI Headquarters
Atlanta, GA

I. Welcome and introductions
II. Antitrust Statement
III. Approval of Agenda
IV. Approval of Minutes from April 30, 2013
V. Standards ready for final approval (* indicates standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)

  1. *T 494 "Tensile properties of paper and paperboard (using constant rate of elongation apparatus)"
  2. *T 511 "Folding endurance of paper (MIT tester)"
  3. *T 210 "Sampling and testing wood pulp shipments for moisture"
  4. *T 236 "Kappa number of pulp"
  5. *T 459 "Surface strength of paper (wax pick test)"
  6. *T 812 "Ply separation of solid and corrugated fiberboard (wet)"
  7. *T 524 "Color of paper and paperboard (45/0, C/2)"
  8. *T 527 "Color of paper and paperboard (d/0, C/2)"
  9. *T 836 "Bending stiffness, four point method"
  10. *T 808 "Flat crush test of corrugated board (flexible beam method)"
  11. *T 577 "Score bend test"

VI. Other business
VII. Next meeting
VIII. Adjournment

Overdue Reports Distributed

Reports outlining the overdue reviews for Standards and TIPs were sent to the Quality and Standards Management Committee (Q&SMC) on August 19, 2013. Copies of these reports were also sent to the assigned Working Group Chairmen for these overdue reviews as well as to chairmen of the appropriate technical groups in TAPPI.

Anyone who did not receive the overdue reports but who have an interest may obtain copies by requesting them from

Working Group Chairmen: These reports were sent to you for your information and action, if required. Q&SMC may, according to the Standards Guidelines, withdraw any Standards or TIPs whose reviews are overdue, especially if it appears that little progress is being made on the Work Item. If more information or indications of progress on these Work Items are received prior to the next meeting (November 5, 2013), Q&SMC will take these reports of progress under consideration. 

To provide updates regarding these reports, send a message to to no later than Monday, November 4, 2013, in order to be able to provide this information to Q&SMC at their next meeting.

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, 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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