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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TIPs - Technical Information Papers published

Here is the list of TAPPI TIPs reviewed and recently published. The information in parentheses indicates if the TIP was reaffirmed or revised. The name of the Working Group Chair (WGC) is also listed. You will find here the brand new TIPs published by TAPPI, which are assigned with "New".

TIP 0402-19 "Guidelines for nondestructive examination of suction roll shells" (Revised) - WGC: Douglas Sherman 
TIP 0402-21 "Ultrasonic technician performance test for boiler tube thickness measurement" (Revised) - WGC: Max Moskal
TIP 0404-25 "Through drying" (Revised) - WGC: Greg Wedel
TIP 0420-14 "Guide for increasing the maximum allowable working pressure of cast iron, ASME constructed paper machine dryers"    (Revised) - WGC: Max Moskal
TIP 0425-05 "Guidelines for usage of MAP on raw Yankee surfaces" (New) - WGC: Jack Allen
TIP 0609-01 "Common or local names for a nonwood fiber raw material" (New) - WGC: Robert Hurter 

Standards approved for publication

See below the list of TAPPI Standards recently approved for publication by the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG), in the last meeting of October 3, 2018:

(* indicates Standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)

1. *T 205 "Forming handsheets for physical tests of pulp"
2. *T 218 "Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (Büchner funnel procedure)"
3. *T 266 "Determination of sodium, calcium, copper, iron and manganese in pulp and paper by atomic absorption"
4. *T 271 "Fiber length of pulp and paper by automated optical analyzer using polarized light"
5. *T 275 "Screening of pulp (Somerville-type equipment)"
6. *T 491 "Water immersion number of paperboard"
7.  *T 551 "Thickness of paper and paperboard (soft platen method)"
8. *T 568 "Physical area of sub-visible contraries in pulp, paper, and paperboard by image analysis"
9.  T 676 "Viscosity of starch and starch products" WITHDRAWN
10. T 818 "Ring crush of paperboard (flexible beam method)"
11. *T 834 "Determination of containerboard roll hardness"
12. *T 1217 "Photometric linearity of optical properties instruments"
13. *T 1218 "Calibration of reflectance standards for hemispherical geometry"
14. *T 1500 "Optical measurements terminology (related to appearance evaluation of paper)"
15. *T 1501 "Training standard for paper machine tender"

The approved Standards will be available on TAPPI website within the next 30 days.

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 for TIPs to or for Standards to 
TAPPI Standards 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. 

T 820 cm-09 Flexural stiffness of corrugated board (October 27, 2018)

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 the draft in ballot.
General Announcements

New e-mail address for TIPs

TAPPI has now a new e-mail address exclusive for TIPs (Technical Information Papers) and UMs (Useful Methods):

If you have any question regarding TIPs or UMs, please write to this new e-mail address.

Subject indexes updated with links

The Subject Indexes were updated with links to the correspondent pages of Standards, TIPs and UMs. Now you have another way to find the documents you are looking for on TAPPI website. You may download all the indexes from here:

Members for Working Groups of TIPs needed

Volunteers for the following working groups of Technical Information Papers (TIPs) are needed.
All Working Groups of TIPs require a minimum of 3 TAPPI members from 3 different companies in order to review a TIP. The following TIPs do not have the required minimum number of members to initiate the review or the Working Group Chair is requesting more members to join the Working Group:

0304-20 Calibration of flexible beam crush tester
0304-22 Starch adhesive trial
0304-23 Statistical process control pin adhesion
0304-24 Calibration and maintenance of the burst tester
0304-33 Proper methods of measuring starch adhesive viscosity
0304-37 How to prevent score cracking in a box plant
0304-42 Go/no go gauge devices for the boxplant
0304-46 Techniques for running "WRA" (water resistant starch adhesive)
0304-56 Total indicated runout and its impact on combined board quality
0304-60 A procedure to proof a flexo printing ink
0304-72 Critical properties to consider when unitizing
0305-06 Machinery considerations and selection
0305-23 Rotary cutting die maintenance
0305-32 Housekeeping at order and shift change and weekly
0305-34 Daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance press checklists
0305-35 Rotary diecutter urethane anvil maintenance
0305-38 Troubleshooting the printing section
0305-43 Extruded glue mechanism supplement
0305-44 Counter ejector section
0305-49 Checklist: preparing diecuts for shipment
0305-54 Material handling considerations for flexo folder gluers
0306-06 Drying and curing techniques for in-line flexographic printing
0306-09 Ink metering systems for corrugated flexo presses
0306-17 Overview of the selection process for a laser engraved ceramic anilox roll
0306-20 A guide to proper wipe roll selection for the corrugated box industry
0410-14 Generalized method for determining the pipe friction loss of flowing pulp suspensions
0410-15 Optimum consistency for pumping pulp
0425-01 Guidelines for routine periodic inspection and testing of cast iron Yankee and MG dryers
0425-02 Inspection guidelines for Yankee hood systems

If you would like to join a Working Group of a TIP, please write to for more information.
SSIG Members Needed

The Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs) for the following standards are in need of additional members. These groups may or may not have ballots currently open.  

All Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIG) require a minimum of 10 members in order to ballot and vote on a draft of a method. The following test methods do not have the required minimum number of member to initiate a ballot:
SSIGs that need 1 member:
T 252 pH and electrical conductivity of hot water extracts of pulp, paper, and paperboard
T 434 Acid-soluble iron in paper
T 438 Zinc and cadmium in paper
T 545 Cross-machine grammage profile measurement (gravimetric method)
T 578 Accelerated light aging of printing and writing paper by xenon-arc exposure apparatus
T 613 Analysis of caustic soda
T 619 Analysis of salt cake
T 632 Analysis of sodium silicate
T 692 Determination of suspended solids in kraft green and white liquors
T 1217 Photometric linearity of optical properties instruments
T 1218 Calibration of reflectance standards for hemispherical geometry

SSIGs that need 2 members:
T 493 Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper
T 621 Analysis of rosin
T 622 Analysis of sodium hydrosulfite
T 628 Analysis of rosin size
T 656 Measuring, sampling, and analyzing white waters

SSIGs that need 3 members:
T 421 Qualitative (including optical microscopic) analysis of mineral filler and mineral coating of paper

SSIGs that need 4 or more members:
T 495 Bending number of paperboard

SSIGs that have the minimum amount of members but are inviting new members to join
T 836 Bending stiffness, four point method

Participating in a SSIG is free and open to any industry expert interested. Join now!

If no progress is made on balancing these SSIGs, then the respective methods may be considered for withdrawal at the next Q&SMC meeting. If you have an interest in becoming a member of either of these SSIGs please contact

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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