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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 438 cm-06 Zinc and cadmium in paper (May 11, 2020)
T 580 pm-12 Thickness (caliper) of towel, tissue, napkin and facial products (May 15, 2020)
T 646 om-11 Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (45/0) (May 21, 2020)
T 656 cm-07 Measuring, sampling, and analyzing white waters (April 19, 2020)
T 826 om-13 Short span compressive strength of containerboard (April 18, 2020)
T 836 om-13 Bending stiffness, four point method (April 26, 2020)

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.

0304 Process Control & Quality Assurance

04/14/2020 - TIP 0304-24 Calibration and maintenance of the burst tester WGC: James Pauw
04/14/2020 - TIP 0304-72 Critical properties to consider when unitizing WGC: Greg McKinney

0305 Production

04/14/2020 - TIP 0305-54 Material handling considerations for flexo folder gluers WGC: John Buzzell

0402 - Corrosion and Materials Engineering

04/07/2020 - TIP 0402-32 Guidelines for thermal spray coatings installed to prevent corrosion in pulp mill process equipment WGC: Michael Lykin

0416 - Energy, Recovery and Recaust

04/14/2020 - TIP 0416-08 Guidelines for replacement of generating bank tubes with expanded joints in two-drum boilers WGC: Michael Lykin

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

General Announcements

New Standards balloting system coming soon

TAPPI will soon have a new balloting system for Standards. An agreement with ASTM International to use its SpecBuilder platform has just been signed and the two organizations are working to make the new balloting system available to SSIG members soon. The expectation is that by the end of May the new system will be fully implemented. The TAPPI Standards Department will keep SSIG members up-to-date when the new system goes live and will provide all necessary support to assist all voters with the transition.

New section in STAR Newsletter: U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 6

STAR Newsletter opens in this issue a new section, dedicated to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO Technical Committee 6 (U.S. TAG to ISO/TC6). This Technical Committee is called "Paper, board and pulps" and its scope is: "Standardization in the field of paper, board pulps cellulosic nanomaterials, and lignins, including terminology, sampling procedures, test methods, product and quality specifications, and the establishment and maintenance of appropriate calibration systems. This includes all types of paper, pulps and board as well as products thereof containing any portion of recycled material or material intended for recycling." ISO TC 6 and its subcommittees have published 188 ISO Standards and has 29 under development. 28 countries actively participate in the review and development of ISO TC 6 Standards while other 32 countries are observer members. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is the member body that represents the United Stantes before ISO and TAPPI has the responsibility of administration, funding and operation of the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 6, activities performed by the TAPPI Standards Department. The U.S. TAG currently counts with 27 members and some of them are also TAPPI Members. The TAG Chair is Todd Popson, the Vice-Chair is Dave Loebker and the TAG Administrator is Priscila Briggs.

If you have any questions about ISO/TC 6, please write to

Best regards,

Priscila Briggs
Standards Manager

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 need either a Working Group Chair (WGC) to initate the review or additional members of the Working Group (WG): 

0304 Process Control & Quality Assurance

TIP 0304-24 Calibration and maintenance of the burst tester WGC: James Pauw
TIP 0304-72 Critical properties to consider when unitizing WGC: Greg McKinney
TIP 0304-25 Understanding formaldehyde management WGC: TBD
TIP 0304-68 Improved techniques to measure corrugator glue machine meter gaps WGC: TBD
TIP 0304-07 Warp in corrugated board WGC: TBD

0305 Production

TIP 0305-54 Material handling considerations for flexo folder gluers WGC: John Buzzell

0402 - Corrosion and Materials Engineering

TIP 0402-32 Guidelines for thermal spray coatings installed to prevent corrosion in pulp mill process equipment WGC: Michael Lykin
TIP 0402-34 Paper machine reel-spool journals: guidelines for crack testing and repair or replacement WGC: TBD

0416 - Energy, Recovery and Recaust

04/14/2020 - TIP 0416-08 Guidelines for replacement of generating bank tubes with expanded joints in two-drum boilers WGC: Michael Lykin

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 213 om-15  Dirt in pulp - chart method
T 235 cm-09  Alkali solubility of pulp at 25°C
T 245 cm-07  Silicates and silica in pulp (wet ash method)
T 248 sp-15   Laboratory beating of pulp (PFI mill method)
T 254 cm-10  Cupriethylenediamine disperse viscosity of pulp (falling ball method)
T 258 om-16  Basic density and moisture content of pulpwood
T 573 sp-15   Accelerated temperature aging of printing and writing paper by dry oven exposure apparatus
T 829 om-15  Score quality test
T 835 om-14  Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop absorption test
T 1215 sp-12 The determination of instrumental color differences

SSIGs that need 2 members:

T 222 om-15  Acid insoluble lignin in wood and pulp
T 504 cm-07  Glue in paper (qualitative & quantitative determination)

SSIGs that need 3 members:

T 256 cm-07  Water-soluble chlorides in pulp and paper
T 259 om-15  Species identification of nonwood plant fibers 

SSIGs that need 4 or more members:

T 223 cm-10  Pentosans in wood and pulp
T 226 cm-11  Specific external surface of pulp
T 237 cm-08  Carboxyl content of pulp
T 244 cm-11  Acid-insoluble ash in wood, pulp, paper, and paperboard
T 265 cm-09  Natural dirt in wood chips
T 267 cm-15  Compression wood identification in pulpwood
T 429 cm-10  Alpha-cellulose in paper
T 434 cm-10  Acid-soluble iron in paper
T 435 om-16  Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (hot extraction method)
T 493 cm-10  Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper
T 495 cm-13  Bending number of paperboard
T 509 om-15  Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (cold extraction method)
T 600 om-15  Analysis of formaldehyde in aqueous solutions and of free formaldehyde in resins
T 610 sp-15   Preparation of indicators and standard solutions
T 613 cm-10  Analysis of caustic soda
T 617 cm-10  Analysis of lime
T 618 cm-10  Analysis of limestone
T 619 cm-10  Analysis of salt cake
T 621 cm-10  Analysis of rosin
T 622 cm-10  Analysis of sodium hydrosulfite
T 628 cm-10  Analysis of rosin size
T 632 cm-11  Analysis of sodium silicate
T 699 om-09 Analysis of pulping liquors by suppressed ion chromatography  

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

Standards Ready for Final Approval at SARG

The list below show Standards that are ready to be submitted to SARG at its Spring 2020 meeting:

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

1. *T 441 om-13 Water absorptiveness of sized (non-bibulous) paper, paperboard, and corrugated fiberboard (Cobb test)
2. *T 455 sp-14 Identification of wire side of paper
3. *T 515 om-14 Visual grading and color matching of paper
4. *T 804 om-12 Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers
5. *T 843 om-14 Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (rigid support method)
6. *T 845 om-14 Wet pin adhesion of corrugated board by selective separation
7. *T 1205 sp-14 Dealing with suspect (outlying) test determinations

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1:30 – 2:00 pm (EASTERN time). Due to the postponing of PaperCon 2020, SARG meeting will be held via conference call only. SARG approval is the last step prior to publication for any new, reaffirmed 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*. You can view the final drafts that are up for approval from the links in the agenda.

If you would like to participate by conference call, please send a message before April 17, 2020, to


Overdue Reports Distributed

Reports outlining the overdue reviews for Standards and TIPs were sent to the Quality and Standards Management Committee (Q&SMC) respectively on March 9, 2020 and March 6, 2020. 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 28, 2020), Q&SMC will take these reports of progress under consideration.

To provide updates regarding these reports, send a message to no later than April 20, 2020, in order to be able to provide this information to Q&SMC at their April 28th meeting.

U.S. TAG to ISO TC 6

The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 6 will be having its Spring meeting on April 28, 2020, online only. The U.S. TAG is seeking additional experts to assist in the development, review and approval of ISO Standards in the areas of paper aging, boxes, combined board, cores, environmental, and fiber.

Todd Popson
U.S. TAG Chair

You may find more information about ISO/TC 6 in the "Announcements" section.

If you would like to know more or join the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 6, please write to

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)

List price: $49; TAPPI member price: $32. There are no shipping or handling charges for electronic documents.

The 2020 collection of Standards, TIPs, and UMs, published through March of 2020 (product code STUCD-20), will be available on CD in April. An Individual or Company License for access to the continually updated collection of Standards, TIPs, and UMs via the web is the best way to always have a current set of documents accessible. A print-on-demand version of either the Standards, TIPs, or UMs, current and updated as of the date printed, is also available. 

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