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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 261 cm-10 Fines fraction by weight of paper stock by wet screening (3/27/2020)
T 277 sp-14 Macro stickies content in pulp: the “pick-up” (3/23/2020)
T 401 om-15 Fiber analysis of paper and paperboard (3/21/2020)
T 409 sp-15 Machine direction of paper and paperboard (3/20/2020)
T 480 om-15 Specular gloss of paper and paperboard at 75 degrees (3/23/2020)
T 534 om-15 Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (d/0 diffuse) (3/27/2020)
T 546 om-15 Machine-direction grammage variation measurement (gravimetric method) (3/21/2020)
T 553 om-15 Alkalinity of paper as calcium carbonate (alkaline reserve of paper) (3/26/2020)
T 555 om-15 Roughness of paper and paperboard (print-surf method) (3/28/2020)
T 558 om-15 Surface wettability and absorbency of sheeted materials using an automated contact angle tester (3/28/2020)
T 567 om-15 Determination of effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) by infrared reflectance measurement (3/29/2020)
T 684 om-15 Gross heating value of black liquor (3/26/2020)
T 803 cm-10 Puncture test of containerboard (3/29/2020)
T 1007 sp-15 Sample location for fiber glass mat sheets (3/20/2020)
T 1012 om-15 Moisture content of fiber glass mats (3/20/2020)
T 1015 sp-15 Fiber glass mat uniformity (visual defects) (3/21/2020)

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.

0304 - Corrugated - Opened on 2/6/2020
0304-26 Common curtain coating problems: causes, detection and correction WGC: Peter Snyder

0304-60 A method to proof a flexo printing ink WGC: Tom Staal

0404 - Water Removal - Opened on 2/11/2020
0404-31 Recommended dryer differential pressures  WGC: Greg Wedel

0404-35 Application of dryer bars WGC: Greg Wedel

0416 - Energy, Recovery and Recaust - Opened on 1/30/2020
0416-24 (Formerly 0422-01) Energy checklist: pulp mill  WGC: Mathias Lindstrom

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

General Announcements

Welcome Back Priscila!

Priscila Briggs is back as Standards Manager and TAG Administrator.  A BIG thank you to Shayne Nicholas for filling in as U.S. TAG Administrator while Priscila was out. 

Debbie Dodson and Souadou Camara are supporting Priscila and the Standards department and all can be reached via,, and   



Members for Working Groups of TIPs needed

Volunteers for the following working groups of Technical Information Papers (TIPs) may be needed.

All Working Groups of TIPs require a minimum of 3 TAPPI members from 3 different companies in order to review a TIP.

TIP 0301-01 Corrugated boxplant - list of potential hazards (formerly TIP 0304-55) WGC: Tom Allen (need 2 or more members)

TIP 0304-26 Common curtain coating problems: causes, detection and correction WGC: Peter Snyder (need 2 or more members)

TIP 0304-30 Calibration and maintenance of the manually operated micrometer WGC: Steve Schmidt (need 1 or more members)

TIP 0305-35 Rotary diecutter urethane anvil maintenance WGC: Glenn Rogers (need 1 or more members)

TIP 0305-42 Folding section WGC: John Buzzell (need 2 or more members)

TIP 0305-45 Squaring flap cut (center special) boxes WGC: John Buzzell (need 2 or more members)

TIP 0305-49 Checklist: preparing diecuts for shipment WGC: Glenn Rogers (need 1 or more members)

TIP 0306-06 Drying and curing techniques for in-line flexographic printing WGC: Thomas Staal (need 2 or more members)

TIP 0306-09 Ink metering systems for corrugated flexo presses WGC: Peter A. Snyder (need 1 or more members)

TIP 0306-17 Overview of the selection process for a laser engraved ceramic anilox roll WGC: Steve Woodard (need 1 or more members)

TIP 0416-14 Water quality guidelines and monitoring requirements for paper mill boilers operating with softened makeup water WGC: Jim Graham (need 2 or more members)

 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:

Participating in a SSIG is free and open to anyone interested. Join now!

T 207 Water solubility of wood and pulp (need 1 or more members)

T 235 Alkali solubility of pulp at 25°C (need 2 or more members)

T 237 Carboxyl content of pulp (need 3 or more members)

T 245 Silicates and silica in pulp (wet ash method) (need 2 or more members)

T 255 Water-soluble sulfates in pulp and paper (need 1 or more members)

T 264 Preparation of wood for chemical analysis (need 2 or more members)

T 265 Natural dirt in wood chips (need 4 or more members)

T 268 Weight-volume measurement of pulpwood (need 3 or more members)

T 406 Reducible sulfur in paper and paperboard (need 1 or more members)

T 408 Rosin in paper and paperboard (need 1 or more members)

T 421 Qualitative (including optical microscopic) analysis of mineral filler and mineral coating of paper (need 2 or more members)

T 430 Copper number of pulp, paper, and paperboard (need 1 or more members)

T 500 Book bulk and bulking number of paper (need 1 or more members)

T 504 Glue in paper (qualitative & quantitative determination) (need 2 or more members)

T 520 Curl of gummed flat paper (need 2 or more members)

T 529 Surface pH measurement of paper (need 2 or more members)

T 572 Accelerated pollutant aging of printing and writing paper by pollution chamber exposure apparatus (need 1 or more members)

T 604 Sulfur dioxide in sulfite cooking liquor (need 2 or more members)

T 611 Analysis of bleaching powder, calcium hypochlorite bleach liquor and bleach sludge (need 1 or more members)

T 529 Surface pH measurement of paper (need 1 or more members)

T 692 Determination of suspended solids in kraft green and white liquors (need 1 or more members) 

Standards Coming Up For Review

The Standards listed below are all due for review and will be in ballot soon.

If you wish to participate in the SSIGs that will review these Standards or if you would like to request a copy of the drafts in ballot, please send your request to TAPPI at


Standard #  Title 
T 200 sp-15  Laboratory beating of pulp (Valley beater method)
T 403 om-15  Bursting strength of paper
T 411 om-15  Thickness (caliper) of paper, paperboard, and combined board
T 431 cm-10  Ink absorbency of blotting paper
T 438 cm-06 Zinc and cadmium in paper
T 454 om-15 Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers
T 456 om-15  Tensile breaking strength of water-saturated paper and paperboard (“wet tensile strength")
T 489 om-15  Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper and paperboard (Taber-type tester in basic configuration)
T 541 om-15  Internal bond strength of paperboard (z-direction tensile)
T 563 om-15 Equivalent black area (EBA) and count of visible dirt in pulp, paper and paperboard by image analysis
T 566 om-15  Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper (Taber-type tester in 0 to 1 Taber stiffness unit configuration)
T 650 om-15 Solids content of black liquor
T 829 om-15 Score quality test
T 1008 sp-15 Test conditions for fiberglass mat test methods


Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next SARG meeting will be held at PaperConn 2020 in Atlanta this April.  SARG reports and drafts will be published on the website within the next several weeks.  

Acronyms You May Need to Know

List of Common Acronyms Relevant to Standards and TIPs

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 mailto: 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. 

All individual TIPs or Standards are available for electronic or paper delivery.  For electronic delivery, the documents are e-mailed in PDF format.  Hard copy documents can be mailed or faxed, but shipping and handling costs will apply.

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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