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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

Check here the list of TAPPI Technical Information Papers (TIPs) recently published:

TIP 0306-20 A guide to proper wiper roll selection for flexographic printing in the corrugated box industry (Revised) WGC: Peter Snyder

TIP 0402-22 Guidelines for inspecting batch digesters (Revised) WGC: Michael Lykins

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 203 cm-09 Alpha-, beta- and gamma-cellulose in pulp (May 5, 2019)

*T 207 cm-08 Water solubility of wood and pulp (May 5, 2019)

*T 221 cm-09 Drainage time of pulp (May 5, 2019)

*T 235 cm-09 Alkali solubility of pulp at 25°C (April 22, 2019)

**T 236 om-13 Kappa number of pulp (May 13, 2019)

*T 249 cm-09 Carbohydrate composition of extractive-free wood and wood pulp by gas-liquid chromatography (April 21, 2019)

T 257 sp-14 Sampling and preparing wood for analysis (May 23, 2019)

T 277 sp-14 Macro stickies content in pulp: the “pick-up” method (May 23, 2019)

*T 428 om-13 Hot water extractable acidity or alkalinity of paper (April 21, 2019) 

*T 455 sp-14 Identification of wire side of paper (April 28, 2019)

*T 459 om-13 Surface strength of paper (wax pick test) (April 28, 2019)

*T 494 om-13 Tensile properties of paper and paperboard (using constant rate of elongation apparatus) (April 21, 2019)

*T 511 om-13 Folding endurance of paper (MIT tester) (April 28, 2019)

*T 529 om-14 Surface pH measurement of paper (May 5, 2019)

*T 569 om-14 Internal bond strength (Scott type) (April 28, 2019)

*T 604 cm-09 Sulfur dioxide in sulfite cooking liquor (May 5, 2019)

*T 656 cm-07 Measuring, sampling, and analyzing white waters (April 28, 2019)

*T 804 om-12 Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers (April 29, 2019)

*T 820 cm-09 Flexural stiffness of corrugated board (April 21, 2019)

 *Indicate Standards that had their deadline for voting extended due to issues with the migration of the TAPPI Standards Online Balloting System. To have more information about it, please check Section "Announcements".

 **Deadline for voting extended due to addition of new SSIG member during 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 the draft in ballot. If you would like to participate in the SSIGs that review and vote on the Standards, please contact TAPPI Standards Department at 

TIPs under review

Listed below are TAPPI TIPs that were recently submitted to the Working Group for review. The date when the Work Item was opened is shown for each TIP, as well as the Subject Category under which the TIP is assigned and the Working Group Chair's (WGC) name. The target completion date for the review of each TIP is one year after the opening of the Work Item.

0502 - Papermakers
03/25/19 - TIP 0502-15 Selection criteria for wet end ceramics. WGC: Thomas Rodencal

0416 - Steam & Power/Energy Management
04/01/19 - TIP 0416-11 Recommended test procedure for black liquor evaporators. WGC: Christopher L. Verrill

If you would like to participate in the Working Group to review any of these TIPs, please write to

General Announcements


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Migration of the Standards Online Balloting System


TAPPI Standards Online Balloting System, Kavi, migrated on March 25, 2019 to TAPPI Connect. This means that the website that is now hosting the current balloting system (Workspace) is TAPPI Connect. Since then, SSIG members will get access to the balloting system with their TAPPI Connect login and password (this is the same login and password that those members use to login to If you are a SSIG member and you don’t have a TAPPI Connect account yet, you may set up one through this link:

The migration was performed by HigherLogic, the company who now owns Kavi.  Although the new Workspace looks very similar to Kavi, some SSIG rosters were not migrated correctly, which may have caused some SSIG members to experience issues when trying to log in to the Workspace through Connect. TAPPI has been working tirelessly with HigherLogic to have the rosters and other functionalities working properly. Some progress has been done, but final adjustments are still needed. 

Until those issues are resolved, any ballots that were in progress on the migration day will continue having their deadlines postponed. Also, no new ballots will be opened until the rosters are accurate.

On behalf of TAPPI, I apologize for the inconvenience that this situation might have caused.

Thank you very much for dedicating your time and knowledge to review TAPPI Standards!

Best regards,

Priscila Briggs

Standards Manager


New Staff at the Standards Department

I am happy to announce that TAPPI Standards Department has a new member: Deborah Dodson has just joined TAPPI to be the new Standards Coordinator. Deborah has an extensive background as a Project Specialist with experience in both customer facing and internal data validation, order management, project reporting and product support and will be giving full support in all activities related to the Standards Department, including Standards, TIPs, Useful Methods, ISO and ANSI. Deborah will also be present at the committee meetings, assisting the volunteers with any questions related to the reviews of Standards, TIPs or ISO documents. If you have any question or concern regarding TAPPI documents,  Deborah will also be checking any correspondence sent to or

Best regards,

Priscila Briggs

Standards Manager

Proposed New TIPs

The updated scope of the proposal for a new Technical Information Paper is shown below, as well as the assigned Subject Category, the date when the Work Item was opened, the title of the new proposal and the name of the Working Group Chair (WGC).

0416 - Steam & Power / Energy Management
11/6/17 Sootblower Safety and Upgrade Guideline - WGC: Mohomed Ishaq Jameel
Updated Scope:
The availability of the Recovery boiler is critical to the continuous operation of a Kraft pulp and paper mill. Sootblowers play a crucial role to the safe and efficient operation of the boiler. These sootblowers operate on a continuous basis and so, the lack of availability of any critical blowers for an extended period of time leads to heavy fouling of the heat transfer surfaces and the eventual plugging of the flue gas passes.
This TIP addresses the best practices for the operation and maintenance of these pieces of equipment. It provides a window into common problem areas and some suggestions to avoid them. It covers some of the crucial components and subcomponents of a sootblower. General recommendations of what to do and what NOT to do when it comes to the proper and safe operation sootblower is covered. The owners should always consult their O&M manuals and the manufacturers for specific details on their equipment. This TIP does not provide any design standards, specific operating
parameters or guidelines for acceptance criteria when it comes to inspection. This TIP is not intended to evaluate or compare designs of different sootblower models nor to provide detailed welding procedures. It is expected that the tubes carrying steam satisfy the welding requirements under ASME section IX. This TIP serves as a reference to owners/users of sootblowers.

If you would like to join the Working Group or review the final draft for this new proposal, please write to

Members for Working Groups of TIPs needed

Volunteers to chair 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 an assigned Working Group Chair (WGC) to initiate the review:

WGC needed
0304-20 Calibration of flexible beam crush tester
0304-23 Statistical process control pin adhesion
0304-24 Calibration and maintenance of the burst tester
0304-25 Understanding formaldehyde management
Common curtain coating problems: causes, detection and correction
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)
0304-60 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
0305-49 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
0410-05 Head of stock behind slice (head/jet and slice flow rate relationships)
0410-08 Control of stock jump on a fourdrinier wire
0410-10 Weirs and flumes
0410-14 Generalized method for determining the pipe friction loss of flowing pulp suspensions
0410-15 Optimum consistency for pumping pulp
0603-02 Stickies definition and classification
If you would like to join a Working Group of a TIP, please write to for more information.
SSIG Members Needed
Attention: This section will not be published this month due to issues with the migration of the TAPPI Standards Online Balloting System. To have more information about it, please check Section "Announcements".
Standards Ready for Final Approval at SARG

The Standards listed below are ready for final approval at next SARG meeting on May 7, 2019.  

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 information for the SARG meeting is shown on Section "Announcement of SARG meeting". If you would like to review the draft, a copy with links to the documents up for approval has been posted on the SARG page**. Any comments or appeals should be sent to by April 19, 2019. 

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

1. * T 230 Viscosity of pulp (capillary viscometer method)

2. * T 282 Hexeneuronic acid content of chemical pulp

3. * T 410 Grammage of paper and paperboard (weight per unit area)

4. * T 496 Specimen preparation for cross directional internal tearing resistance for paper, paperboard and related materials

5. * T 812 Ply separation of solid and corrugated fiberboard (wet)


Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:30 – 2:00 pm (EASTERN time), at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN, the site of the 2019 PaperCon. 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 are links from the agenda items to the final drafts that are up for approval.

If you would like to participate by conference call, please send a message before April 19, 2019 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 April 3, 2019 and April 10, 2019, respectively. 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 has 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 (May 7, 2019), Q&SMC will take these reports of progress under consideration.

To provide updates regarding these reports, send a message to no later than April 29, 2019, in order to be able to provide this information to Q&SMC at their May 7, 2019 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 or

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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