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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods
TIP 0402-27 "Guidelines for inspection of continuous digesters and impregnation vessels" (revision)

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TAPPI Standards in Ballot

The TAPPI Standards regulations require public review of standards that are up for ballot. Send a message to if you want to request a copy of draft in 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.

WI 3035 "Specular gloss at 20 degrees (parallel beam method)" (October 15, 2015)

T 827 "Box blank dimensioning" (October 16, 2015)

T 564 "Transparent chart for the estimation of defect size" (October 23, 2015)

T 400 "Sampling and accepting a single lot of paper, paperboard, containerboard, or related product" (October 26, 2015)

T 263 "Identification of wood and fibers from conifers" (October 30, 2015)

T 804 "Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers" (October 31, 2015)

T 258 "Basic density and moisture content of pulpwood" (November 2, 2015)

T 545 "Cross-machine grammage profile measurement (gravimetric method)" (November 6, 2015)

T 537 "Dirt count in paper and paperboard (optical character recognition - OCR)" (November 9, 2015)

T 809 "Flat crush of corrugating medium (CMT test)" (November 23, 2015)

General Announcements

TIP 0602-03 "Calibration technique for the drum style chip thickness clarifier" has been under review since May 2012, and is now on the overdue list from the Quality and Standards Management Committee (QSMC).

The individual who agreed to chair the review of this TIP is no longer a TAPPI member. Membership is required to chair a TIP review.

A memo to the Pulp Manufacture Division has failed to produce another volunteer willing to review this TIP. Therefore, it will be placed on the October 2015 agenda of the Quality and Standards Management Committee (QSMC) for withdrawal.

Any TAPPI member who would like to see the TIP retained and who would like to volunteer to chair the review should contact before the October meeting of QSMC.


Product & Product Quality Division committees are in need of new members to support the development and maintenance of standards we all use in the manufacture of the products we deliver to our customers.

These committees discuss and make decisions on critical issues that deal with standards which are currently being used by the pulp and paper industry, as well as those which are being developed for them. 
Below are the committees which are in need of your support:

Pulp and Chemical Properties Committee

Optical Properties Committee

Physical Properties Committee

Tissue Properties Subcommittee

Joining one or more of these groups gives you and your company the opportunity to participate in the discussion and development of the standards we use for evaluating the product and product quality. Without good pulp and paper industry standards to guide us, we will not be able to deliver what our customers require.  Therefore, please consider volunteering your company and your support for these committees. 

For all those members who are already involved in Standard Specific Interest Groups (SSIG), we ask you to make the next step in standard development and maintenance participation by joining a committee today.

Meetings are held twice a year to discuss ongoing committee work. The meetings can be attended in person or by phone conference. 
Please contact Steve Berg, P&PQ Division Chairman ( or Charles Bohanan, Director of Standards and Awards ( for more information.


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.
SSIG Members Needed

T 602 cm-06 "Analysis of sulfuric acid"

T 438 cm-06 "Zinc and cadmium in paper"

If you have an interest in becoming a member of either of these SSIGs please contact by November15, 2015. The first ballots will go out sometime after that date.
Standards Coming Up For Review
The following standards will be coming up for review within the next 30 days:

T 543 "Bending resistance of paper (Gurley-type tester)" (October 13, 2015)

T 822 "Ring crush of paperboard (rigid support method)" (October 20, 2015)

T 425 "Opacity of paper (15/d geometry, illuminant A/2, 89% reflectance backing and paper backing)" (October 23, 2015)

T 519 "Diffuse opacity of paper (d/0 paper backing)" (November 3, 2015)

T 810 "Bursting strength of corrugated board" (November 10, 2015)

T 1501 "Training standard for paper machine tender" (November 10, 2015)
Standards Ready for Final Approval at SARG
The following standards have been reviewed, revised, updated, and are awaiting final approval at the SARG meeting on October 20, 2015:

T 1013 om-15 "Loss on ignition of fiber glass mats"

T 1016 om-15 "Average fiber diameter of fiber glass mats"

T 267 cm-15 "Compression wood identification in pulpwood"

T 541 om-15 "Internal bond strength of paperboard (z-direction tensile)"

T 489 om-15 "Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper and paperboard (Taber-type tester in basic configuration)"

T 411 om-15 "Thickness (caliper) of paper, paperboard, and combined board"

T 1006 sp-15 "Testing of fiber glass mats:  use of modified TAPPI procedures for sampling and lot acceptance, stiffness, tear resistance, air permeability, and thickness"

T 456 om-15 "Tensile breaking strength of water-saturated paper and paperboard ("wet tensile strength")

T 808 cm-15 "Flat crush test of corrugated board (flexible beam method)"

T 553 om-15 "Alkalinity of paper as calcium carbonate (alkaline reserve of paper)"

T 566 om-15 "Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper (Taber-type tester in 0 to 10 Taber stiffness unit configuration)"

T 844 om-15 (upgrade from OM) "Determining construction (nominal basis weight) of corrugated board"

T 1011 om-15 "Basis weight of fiber glass mats"

T 829 om-15 "Score quality test"

T 684 om-15 "Gross heating value of black liquor"

T 610 sp-15 "Preparation of indicators and standard solutions"

T 222 om-15 "Acid insoluble lignin in wood and pulp"

T 600 om-15 "Analysis of formaldehyde in aqueous solutions and of free formaldehyde in resins"

T 1014 om-15 "Moisture sensitivity of fiber glass mats"

T 509 om-15 "Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (cold extraction method)"

T 403 om-15 "Bursting strength of paper"

T 567 om-15 "Determination of effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) by infrared reflectance measurement"

T 233 cm-06 "Fiber length of pulp by classification"

T 480 om-15 "Specular gloss of paper and paperboard at 75 degrees"

T 534 om-15 "Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (d/0 diffuse)"

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 1:30 pm EASTERN time, at the CorrExpo Conference in Louisville, KY. 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 SARG page. There will be links from the agenda items to the final drafts that are up for approval.

The deadline for any working group chairs who had standards that were ready for the final stage of approval was August 21. Reports can still be submitted for the SARG meeting next year in the spring.

If you would like to participate in the SARG meeting by conference call, please send a message before October 20, 2015, to

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 11, 2015. 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 (October 20, 2015), Q&SMC will take these reports of progress under consideration.  

If you are working on a Standard that will be ready to go to the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) for final approval, please be aware that the SARG agenda must be posted on the web at least 50 days before their next meeting on October 20, 2015. This means that any standards that are ready for SARG must be submitted no later than August 21, 2015, in order to be included in the Fall 2015 SARG agenda.  

To provide updates regarding these reports, send a message to no later than Monday, October 19, 2015, 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

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