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Attention Readers:TIPs and Standards guidelines were approved at SARG!

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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

The following Standards have been approved for publication at the Spring 2020 SARG meeting:

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

1. T 441 om-20 Water absorptiveness of sized (non-bibulous) paper, paperboard, and corrugated fiberboard (Cobb test)
2. T 455 sp-20 Identification of wire side of paper
3. T 515 om-20 Visual grading and color matching of paper
4. T 804 om-20 Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers
5. T 843 om-20 Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (rigid support method)
6. T 845 om-20 Wet pin adhesion of corrugated board by selective separation
7. T 1205 sp-20 Dealing with suspect (outlying) test determinations

These Standards will be available on in the next couple of weeks.

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

TIP 0305-21 Ordering steel rule cutting dies (revised) WGC: Ron Spice

TIP 0404-64 Press fabric guiding (revised) WGC: David Burton

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 646 om-11 Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (45/0) (May 21, 2020)
T 844 om-15 Determining construction (nominal basis weight) of corrugated board (June 18, 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.

0404 - Water Removal

5/2/2020 - TIP 0404-51 Paper machine clothing cleaning and conditioning for recycled fiber use. WGC: John Neun
5/15/2020 - TIP 0404-63 Paper Machine Energy Conservation. WGC: Dick Reese

0502 - Papermakers

05/19/2020 - TIP 0502-14 Forming section monitoring WGC: Tom Rodencal

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

General Announcements

TIPs Guidelines Revised

We are happy to announce that the TIPs (Technical Information Papers) Guidelines have been revised. The revision was approved at the 2019 Fall meeting of Q&SMC and the final draft has recently been published on the TAPPI website. 

Some of the main changes from the previous version are listed below:

• Creation of the role of TIP Coordinator

• Adoption of the role title “Working Group Chair” instead of “Working Group Chairman” (WGC).

• The respective Division or Committee Chair or TIP Coordinator will be now responsible for recruiting the Working Group Chair, and for ensuring that the review schedule is met. All these tasks were previously performed by the TAPPI Standards Department.

• The Division Chair or Committee Chair is the individual responsible for TIPs within the TAPPI Division and is required to notify the Standards Manager of the name(s) of any TIP Coordinators within the Division or Committee.  

• The text inside the Caution box was updated to show “Safety Data Sheets” instead of the old term “Material Safety Data Sheets”.

• The Q&SMC (Quality and Standards Management Committee) approved a 7-year review cycle for the TIPs, Standards and Useful Methods Guidelines.

A special thank you to the Quality and Standards Management Committee Chair, Christopher Czyryca, and to the Papermakers Technology and Operations Committee Chair, Paula Hajakian, for their direct involvement in the review of these guidelines.

In addition, thank you to all the TAPPI members who also dedicated their time and knowledge to review this document.  

You may find the current version of the TIP Guidelines on:

If you have any questions about this document, please write to

Submit your ideas for new P&PQ technical content

The Process and Product Quality Division is looking for opportunities to increase the value of participation in P&PQ Division activities, and for the readers of the STAR Newsletter.  One avenue is to increase the learning and the “keeping up-to-date” opportunities for existing stake holders in the measurement and control of product quality.  We are asking your input regarding potential topics about quality systems, the latest product quality testing technology and new methods that you think are of benefit to our industry. 

We are hoping to develop these ideas into short seminars and conference session, or workshops. Please send us your ideas to

Propose a New Standard or Technical Information Paper (TIP)

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 aStandard 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.

New idea submission link:

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 222 om-15 Acid insoluble lignin in wood and pulp
T 248 sp-15 Laboratory beating of pulp (PFI mill method)
T 254 cm-10 Cupriethylenediamine disperse viscosity of pulp (falling ball method)
T 256 cm-07 Water-soluble chlorides in pulp and paper
T 265 cm-09 Natural dirt in wood chips
T 268 om-13 Weight-volume measurement of pulpwood
T 504 cm-07 Glue in paper (qualitative & quantitative determination)
T 573 sp-15 Accelerated temperature aging of printing and writing paper by dry oven exposure apparatus

SSIGs that need 3 members:

T 259 om-15 Species identification of nonwood plant fibers
T 267 cm-15 Compression wood identification in pulpwood
T 617 cm-10 Analysis of
T 622 cm-10 Analysis of sodium hydrosulfite lime

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 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 618 cm-10 Analysis of limestone
T 619 cm-10 Analysis of salt cake
T 621 cm-10 Analysis of rosin
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!

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

U.S. TAG to ISO TC 6

The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC6 (pulp, paper and board) met on April 28, 2020.

Dr. Robert Moon (USDA Forest Service) has been accepted by ISO TC 6 as convenor of TG 1 Cellulosic Nanomaterials. 

Kyle Kruger (Collaborative Testing Services) has been added to the TAG to assist in WG 11 Estimation of Uncertainty. Also, Jason Swei (HP) has also joined to participate in WG 11 Deinkability potential & WG 14 Recycling.

There is still a need for additional experts in the areas of:

• Paper aging

• Boxes

• Combined board

• Cores

• Environmental

• Fiber

These experts create and maintain ISO Standards for pulp, paper and board. If your company competes or produces globally, it is your best interest to know what is going on and to participate in shaping the ISO Standards that are critical to your company.

Todd Popson 

Chair of U.S. TAG to ISO TC 6

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

Did You Know

... that to participate in the balloting process for TAPPI Standards you must sign up for the Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs)?

Drafts are available for anyoneto review, but to vote and comment you must be a member of the SSIG. Each Standard has its own SSIG – so you have to sign up for each Standard that you have an interest in. Links to all of the SSIGs (by subject category) can be found on the Subject Category for Standards web page.

When you click on a Subject Category, it will take you to the page where you can sign up online:


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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