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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TIP 0404-26 "Paper machine clothing performance analysis" (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

General Announcements

Although there have been problems with the online voting system for TAPPI Standards for a while now, the good news is that TAPPI is almost ready to launch a new system based on one developed by our vendor, the Kavi Corporation, called Kavi Workspace.

Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) members should have already received an email from This will be the sender for messages that the TAPPI Standards Manager creates in the system. The email provided login instructions, a user name, and a password. After an SSIG member logs in the first time, the password can be changed; users can use the same password they use for the main TAPPI website but should be aware that logging into one does not log one into the other (they are hosted on separate servers.

On the user’s home page will appear general information about the system on the right-hand side. On the left-hand side will be notices in case there are ballots to be voted on new documents of interest. Whenever there is an item posted for ballot or any other documents or emails posted in any of the SSIGs that a user belongs to, an email notice will go out.

In the general information on the right will be links to obtain help and a link to online training videos as well.

In the upper left-hand corner of the home page will be a "Groups" dropdown box. The list in this dropdown box will be divided between "My Groups" and "All Groups." "My Groups" are the active groups -- i.e., groups where some activity is currently going on (Work Item opened, ballots in progress, etc.) -- that the logged-in user is a member of. "All Groups" shows all SSIGs that are currently active -- including those the user belongs to (in bold). Click on any group to go to its home page. Those who are not a member of a particular group will see a link to request membership in that SSIG.

Among the active groups to be listed are the standards that will come up for review in 2014. These will be visible when the review begins. If you have not seen the list of standards up for review this year, see the related article in this newsletter, or go to

The first ballot scheduled to happen under the new system will be for the five-year review of T 1006 on May 6, 2014.

If you are a member of any SSIGs, and you have not received the login instructions, please contact immediately  As with the old system, you will receive emails alerting you whenever a ballot from one of your SSIGs is up for vote.

If you are attending PaperCon in Nashville, there will be a demonstration of the new system on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:00 pm. Please check the program book on site for the room.

To join existing SSIGs that may not show up yet on the new site (because they are not currently active), you can still sign up for them at any time by visiting the Subject Categories page.


UM 821 "A non-destructive production tool to measure the general flute quality and damage of corrugated board using resonance frequency technology" has been withdrawn.

The reason for withdrawal is that the method does not adequately describe the apparatus or mechanism by which the measurement is made, and it does not currently match any techniques or instruments available.

If you have any objections to this withdrawal, please send a message to


This Spring, the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) and Quality and Standards Management Committee will both meet during PaperCon 2014, April 27-30 in Nashville. 

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Your registration to PaperCon also includes full access to these programs:
Tissue360° Forum, OpEx Reliability Workshop, RPTA P-T Seminar, and Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NETInc).  Learn more about PaperCon.

Plans are already underway for the 100th Anniversary of TAPPI, which will be observed during the 2015 PaperCon Conference in Atlanta, April 19-22.2015.

As part of the celebration, TAPPI and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have invited ISO Technical Committee TC 6 and its subcommittees and working groups to hold its 2015 meeting during the PaperCon week.

To keep up with the 100th Anniversary plans, there's a special website: On this site you can also sign up for the special newsletter for this event.

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 proposal has been submitted to create a new standard for wet pin adhesion of corrugated board by selective separation.

If you would like to participate in the review of this Standard Test Method, you must join the Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) so that you will be included on the ballot. To join the SSIG for this standard, please contact the TAPPI Standards Department at no later than May 16, 2014.

The scope of this proposed new standard is: This method is used to measure the force required to separate the linerboard facings from the medium in corrugated board after the board has been immersed in water for a period of time.  It can be used to evaluate the water resistance properties or levels in water resistant adhesive. This procedure mirrors the process in T 821 "Pin adhesion of corrugated board by selective separation," with differences in how samples are prepared for testing and how results are interpreted.


SSIG Members Needed

A proposal has been made to open an early review of T 489 "Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper and paperboard (Taber-type tester in basic configuration)." The reason for the early review is to ballot this in parallel with the revision of T 566 "Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper (Taber-type tester in 0 to 10 Taber stiffness unit configuration)." The two methods need to be harmonized; TAPPI guidelines will not allow both procedures to be in the same method.

The scope of T 489 is: This test method covers a procedure used to measure the resistance to bending of paper and paperboard. This test method is used to determine the bending moment required to deflect the free end of a 38 mm (1.5 in.) wide vertically clamped specimen 15 degrees from its center line when the load is applied 50 mm (1.97 in.) away from the clamp.  The resistance to bending is calculated from the bending moment.

A Standard-Specific Interest Group already exists for this standard, but this notice is to recruit any other interested parties to join the group. Any individuals who are interested in this Standard may join the SSIG to receive ballots when this method is ready for vote.

If you are already a member of one or more of the TAPPI SSIGs, you should have already received a notification on how to log into the new website for Standards Development and Review. From the "All Groups" listed on your home page, you will see T 489 listed; click on that link and then click "Join Group." (If it appears in bold on your list, it means you are already a member of that SSIG, and thus it should also appear in your "My Groups" list.)

If you have not received login instructions for the new site and 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 June 2, 2014.


A proposal has been made to open an early review of T 563 "Equivalent Black Area (EBA) and count of visible dirt in pulp, paper and paperboard by image analysis." A revision of T 563 is being proposed to update the specifications of the calibration plates so that an authorized laboratory can measure the calibration plates and assign new certification values to them. The standard should also recommend that an authorized laboratory conduct a yearly monitoring program on randomly selected calibration plates so that TAPPI’s inventory of plates meets the specifications in the standard.

The scope of T 563 is: This method uses image analysis to determine the level of dirt in pulp, paper, and paperboard in terms of Equivalent Black Area (EBA) of dirt specks within the physical area range of 0.02 to 3.0 square millimeters reported in parts per million as well as the number of dirt specks per square meter of sample.  Using the algorithm prescribed in this method, the maximum dirt size is limited to 3.0 square millimeters.  Extension to other speck sizes (for example those greater than 3.0 square millimeters in physical area), may require changes in equipment, calculation procedures, or both, and is not covered in this test method.  This method cannot be used for physical area measurements since it does not correctly measure the dirt specks for that mode of measurement. 

A Standard-Specific Interest Group already exists for this standard, but this notice is to recruit any other interested parties to join the group. Any individuals who are interested in this Standard may join the SSIG to receive ballots when this method is ready for vote.

If you are already a member of one or more of the TAPPI SSIGs, you should have already received a notification on how to log into the new website for Standards Development and Review. From the "All Groups" listed on your home page, you will see this standard listed; click on that link and then click "Join Group." (If it appears in bold on your list, it means you are already a member of that SSIG, and thus it should also appear in your "My Groups" list.)

If you have not received login instructions for the new site and 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 June 2, 2014.


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 2014. The date indicated is the target date on which the draft will be distributed to the Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) for that particular Standard.

Any interested individuals 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.

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 1006 sp-10 Testing of fiber glass mats:  use of modified TAPPI procedures for sampling and lot acceptance, stiffness, tear resistance, air permeability, and thickness  (May 6, 2014)

T 702 om-10 Rheological measurements for characterization of polyolefins:low-density polyethylene (LDPE) for extrusion coating (May 20, 2014)

T 1007 sp-10 Sample location for fiber glass mat sheets (May 27, 2014)

T 840 om-10 Testing adhesives used in glued lap joints of corrugated fiberboard containers (June 10, 2014)

T 1008 sp-10 Test conditions for fiberglass mat test methods (June 17, 2014)

T 844 pm-10 Determining construction (nominal basis weight) of corrugated board (June 24, 2014)

T 1009 om-10 Tensile strength and elongation at break  for fiber glass mats (July 1, 2014)

T 546 om-10 Machine-direction grammage variation measurement (gravimetric method) (July 8, 2014)

T 1012 om-10 Moisture content of fiber glass mats (July 15, 2014

T 553 om-10 Alkalinity of paper as calcium carbonate (alkaline reserve of paper) (July 22, 2014)

T 1013 om-10 Loss on ignition of fiber glass mats (August 5, 2014)

T 560 om-10 CIE whiteness and tint of paper and  paperboard (d/0 geometry, C/2 illuminant/observer) (August 12, 2014)

T 1014 om-10 Moisture sensitivity of fiber glass mats (August 19, 2014)

T 200 sp-10 Laboratory beating of pulp (Valley beater method) (September 2, 2014)

T 562 om-10 CIE whiteness and tint of paper and  paperboard (45/0 geometry, C/2 illuminant/observer) (September 9, 2014)

T 1015 sp-10 Fiber glass mat uniformity (visual defects) (September 23, 2014)

T 403 om-10 Bursting strength of paper (September 30, 2014)

T 1016 om-10 Average fiber diameter of fiber glass  mats (October 7, 2014)

T 411 om-10 Thickness (caliper) of paper, paperboard, and combined board (October 14, 2014)

T 456 om-10 Tensile breaking strength of  water-saturated paper and paperboard  ("wet tensile strength") (October 21, 2014)

T 555 om-10 Roughness of paper and paperboard  (print-surf method) (October 26, 2014)

T 541 om-10 Internal bond strength of paperboard  (z-direction tensile) (November 4, 2014)

T 558 om-10 Surface wettability and absorbency of  sheeted materials using an automated contact angle tester (November 11, 2014)

T 454 om-10 Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers (November 18, 2014)

T 465 sp-10 Static creasing of paper for water vapor transmission tests (November 26, 2014)

T 267 cm-05 Compression wood identification in pulpwood (December 2, 2014)

T 213 om-10 Dirt in pulp - chart method (December 9, 2014)

T 220 sp-10 Physical testing of pulp handsheets (December 16, 2014

Standards Ready for Final Approval at SARG

The standards eligible for approval at SARG are listed below. The asterisks (*) indicate the standards that will be eligible for submission to ANSI for consideration as American National Standards.

*T 648 "Viscosity of coating clay slurry"
*T 825 "Flat crush test of corrugated board (rigid support method)"
*T 843 "Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (rigid support method)"
*T 1205 "Dealing with suspect (outlying) test determinations"
*T 529 "Surface pH measurement of paper"
T 625 "Analysis of soda and sulfate black liquor
*T 569 "Internal bond strength (Scott type)"
*T 1200 "Interlaboratory evaluation of test methods to determine TAPPI repeatability and reproducibility"
T 824 "Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (flexible beam method)"
*T 277 "Macro stickies content in pulp: the "pick-up" method" (Reclassification as Standard Practice)
*T 257 "Sampling and preparing wood for analysis"
*T 515 "Visual grading and color matching of paper"
*T 455 "Identification of wire side of paper"
*T 831 "Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop penetration test"

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel/Nashville Convention Center Complex, Nashville, TN (the site of the 2014 PaperCon 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 was posted on the SARG page at least 50 days prior to the meeting, in accordance with TAPPI’s guidelines. There are links from the agenda items to the final drafts that are up for approval.

If you would like to participate in the SARG meeting by conference call, please send a message before April 25, 2014, to

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Overdue Reports Distributed

Reports outlining the overdue reviews for Standards and TIPs were sent to the Quality and Standards Management Committee (Q&SMC) on February 27, 2014. 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 (April 30, 2014), Q&SMC will take these reports of progress under consideration. 

To provide updates regarding these reports, send a message to to no later than Friday, April 25, 2014,, in order to be able to provide this information to Q&SMC at their next meeting.

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

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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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