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June Update: 15 Standards
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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 444 om-12 Silver tarnishing by paper and paperboard 07/12/2021
T 460 om-16 Air resistance of paper (Gurley method) 07/12/2021
T 1006 sp-15 Testing of fiber glass mats: use of modified TAPPI procedures for sampling and lot acceptance, stiffness, tear resistance, and thickness 07/22/2021
T 1008 sp-15 Test conditions for fiberglass met test methods 07/22/2021
T 1011 om-15 Basis weight of fiber glass mats 07/22/2021
T 207 cm-08 Water solubility of wood and pulp 07/29/2021
T 261 cm-10 Fines fraction by weight of paper stock by wet screening 07/29/2021
T 684 om-15 Gross heating value of black liquor 7/30/2021
T 822 om-16 Ring crush of paperboard (rigid support method) 07/30/2021
T 835 om-14 Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop absorption test 07/30/2021
T 421 om-12 Qualitative (including optical microscopic) analysis of mineral filler and mineral coating of paper 08/2/2021
T 1007 sp-15 Sample location for fiber glass mat sheets 08/05/2021
T 1012 om-15 Moisture content of fiber glass mats 08/05/2021
T 461 cm-09 Flame resistance of treated paper and paperboard 08/12/2021
T 520 cm-07 Curl of gummed flat paper 08/12/2021
T 211 om-16 Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 525 C 08/14/2021
T 221 cm-09 Drainage time of pulp 08/14/2021

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 on any SSIGs to review and vote on Standards, please click here or contact

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

5/26/2021 TIP 0404-41 Granite roll material and surface requirements. WGC: Philip H. Wells

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

General Announcements

Process Improvements

We remain committed to fortifying the Standards Department and we’ll continue forward on our plan to do so. We are currently in the process of improving the Standards and TIPs publishing process, updating the Standards Guidelines and internal Standards procedures. So far in 2021, the Standards team has been able to publish 15 TIPs and advance 27 Standards to the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) for approval. We are also excited to share that 15 Standards ballots opened for review this month of June.

Stay tuned for more ballots opening this summer!

Volunteer Engagement - Getting the Industry Involved!

In Spring 2020, the Quality and Standards Management Committee (Q&SMC) created a Standards Engagement Task Force to promote SSIG involvement. Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers on this task force: Chris Czyryza, Dave Carlson, Colleen Walker, Dennis Crawshaw, M. Todd Popson and Mary Kombolias. There have been over 80 updates to various SSIGs including 22 individuals increasing their SSIG involvement and even new individuals have joined SSIGs. We have also worked with the task force to create more engagement collateral. Please feel free to share the flyers bellow with your friends and colleagues.

As always, thank you for all you do to support TAPPI Standards and TIPs. We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon!


STAR of the Month
 A True Gem to the Industry!

“There’s a real sense of accomplishment and pride in working towards a goal. The different people one encounters when working on different committees become an accessible list of people to call when in need of opinions for your company.” – Dave Carlson

Dave Carlson’s career has spanned 56 years… and counting. His incredibly rich professional history is as diverse as it is long, covering a multitude of corrugated specialties including factory building and supervision; machinery relocation and installation; plant management; technical services on corrugators, starch adhesive systems, and converting machinery; corrugated testing protocols; Statistical Process Control (SPC); quality management systems; ISO 9000; ECT and box compression theory; containerboard properties; freight regulations; hazardous materials packaging; and more.

Carlson’s technical accomplishments are wide-ranging as well. He has written guidelines used by TAPPI, the Fibre Box Association, and the Uniform Code Council for direct printing of bar codes on corrugated. He was also instrumental in developing TAPPI’s SPC video training series and has taught TAPPI’s SPC education course. In addition, from 1997 through 2019, Carlson was on the Editorial Board of TAPPI Journal (TJ), marshalling the peer review of new corrugated-area research.

Is there any particular review that has impacted you? Please tell us about your experience.

The Standard reviews that impacted me most are the ones I served on as Working Group Chair (WGC). As WGC, the involvement in a review depends on the number of items participants want to change and on how the test method is written. Whether it’s a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) / ISO TC 6 Committee or a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG), resolving conflicting desires and helping participants reach a consensus (that all are happy with), is important and rewarding. Twenty years ago, I was part of a group focused on revising TAPPI’s Standards Guidelines when TAPPI acquired management of the TAG to ISO TC6 Committee. It was important to develop methods that meet the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) protocols. That task was challenging, as well as rewarding.

Click below for full interview↓


New Standard Administrator

Meet Natasha Bush-Powell, she has worked in the scientific industry managing projects centered around product innovation and process improvement. She was introduced to the paper and pulp industry in her previous role as a Product Development Scientist, where she focused on curating paper-based home fragrance products that were both 100% non-toxic and recyclable.

Fun fact about Natasha: She is an avid traveler having explored 26 countries throughout Africa, S.E. Asia and Europe. She can be reached at

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 members to initiate a ballot:


Alkaline Pulping

T 692 om-13      Determination of suspended solids in kraft green and white liquors

                            Draft 2                                Current SSIG Count = 8 

T 684 om-15      Gross heating value of black liquor

                            Draft 2                                Current SSIG Count = Need 2+

 Chemical Properties

T 223 cm-10       Pentosans in wood and pulp                                   

                            Automatic review - 10/2019           Current SSIG Count = 7

T 244 cm-11       Acid-insoluble ash in wood, pulp, paper, and paperboard             

                            Automatic review - 9/2020             Current SSIG Count = 5


T 408 cm-07        Rosin in paper and paperboard

                            Draft 4                                            Current SSIG Count = Need 3 more

T 413 om-17      Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard:  combustion at 900 degrees C

                            Automatic review - 4/2021             Current SSIG Count = 9

T 429 cm-10       Alpha-cellulose in paper                            

                            Automatic review - 10/2019           Current SSIG Count = 6

T 434 cm-10       Acid-soluble iron in paper                                       

                            Automatic review - 10/2019           Current SSIG Count = 5

T 435 om-16      Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (hot extraction method)       

                            Automatic review - 5/2020             Current SSIG Count = 5

T 449 om-14      Bacteriological examination of paper and paperboard

                           Draft 2                                           Current SSIG Count = Need 2+

T 493 cm-10       Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper   

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 5


T 600 om-15       Analysis of formaldehyde in aqueous solutions and of free formaldehyde in resins 

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 8

T 610 sp-15        Preparation of indicators and standard solutions             

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 6

T 613 cm-10       Analysis of caustic soda                             

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 6

T 617 cm-10       Analysis of lime                                           

                            Automatic review - 5/2019           Current SSIG Count = 8

T 618 cm-10       Analysis of limestone                                 

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 4

T 619 cm-10       Analysis of salt cake                                                  

                            Automatic review - 5/2019           Current SSIG Count = 8

T 621 cm-10       Analysis of rosin                                                        

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 6

T 622 cm-10       Analysis of sodium hydrosulfite               

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 8

T 624 cm-11       Analysis of soda and sulfate white and green liquors                    

                            Automatic review - 9/2020          Current SSIG Count = 8

T 628 cm-10       Analysis of rosin size                                                 

                            Automatic review - 10/2019        Current SSIG Count = 6

T 632 cm-11       Analysis of sodium silicate                                       

                            Automatic review - 5/2020          Current SSIG Count = 6


Fiberboard Shipping Container Testing

T 827 om-17      Box blank dimensioning

                           Automatic review - 4/2021           Current SSIG Count = 9

T 829 om-15      Score Quality Test

                           Draft 2                                          Current SSIG Count = 9


Fillers and Pigments
T438 cm-06  Zinc and Cadmium in Paper
                      Draft 2                                              Current SSIG Count = 9


Optical Properties
T 519 om-17  Diffuse opacity of paper (d/0 paper backing)
                       Automatic review - 4/2021              Current SSIG Count = 9

T 1214 sp-17  Interrelation of reflectance, R0; reflectivity, R ; TAPPI opacity, C0.89; scattering, s; and absorption, k
                        Automatic review - 10/2021           Current SSIG Count = 8

T 1219 sp-17  Storage of paper samples for optical measurements and color matching
                        Automatic review - 10/2021           Current SSIG Count = 9


Physical Properties
T 516 cm-11  Envelope seal, seam, and window patch testing
                       Automatic review - 5/2020              Current SSIG Count = 8

T 550 om-13  Determination of equilibrium moisture in pulp, paper and paperboard for chemical analysis

                       Ballot 2 needed                              Current SSIG Count = Need 2 more


Pulp Properties
T 226 cm-11  Specific external surface of pulp
                       Automatic review -  5/2020             Current SSIG Count = 9

T 263 sp-16  Identification of wood and fibers from conifers
                      Automatic review - 5/2020               Current SSIG Count = 7



Sulfite and Semichemical Pulping
 T 604 cm-09  Sulfur dioxide in sulfite cooking liquor
                        Draft 2                                            Current SSIG Count = 6


Building and Industrial Material
The below Standards are also in need of additional participants prior to opening up Ballot 2 this year.      
T 1006 sp-15   Testing of fiber glass mats: use of modified TAPPI procedures for sampling and lot acceptance, stiffness, tear resistance, and thickness
T 1007 sp-15   Sample location for fiber glass mat sheets
T 1008 sp-15   Test conditions for fiberglass mat test methods
T 1009 om-16  Tensile strength and elongation at break for fiber glass mats
T 1011 om-15  Basis weight of fiber glass mats
T 1012 om-15  Moisture content of fiber glass mats
T 1013 om-15  Loss on ignition of fiber glass mats
T 1014 om-15  Moisture sensitivity of fiber glass mats
T 1015 sp-15   Fiber glass mat uniformity (visual defects)
T 1016 om-15  Average fiber diameter of fiber glass mats

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 or visit

Aspen Technology, Inc.
U.S. TAG to ISO TC 6

During the recent ISO TC6 and TC6/SC2 meetings: Mary Kombolias (US) was designated as a liaison representative from TC6 to TC207/SC3 Environmental labelling and TC207/SC5 Life cycle assessment.

The US will lead revisions:

ISO 12625-15:2015 Tissue paper and tissue products - Part 15: Determination of optical properties - Measurement of brightness and colour with C/2º (indoor daylight) illuminant [Todd Popson]

ISO 12625-16:2015 Tissue paper and tissue products - Part 16: Determination of optical properties – Opacity (paper backing) – Diffuse reflectance method [Todd Popson]

ISO 3689:1983 Paper and board — Determination of bursting strength after immersion in water– Diffuse reflectance method [David Carlson]

ISO 5637:1989 Paper and board — Determination of water absorption after immersion in water [David Carlson]

The next ISO TC 6 Plenary is scheduled for June 2022 in Beijing, China

We currently have around 30 experts on the U.S. TAG/ ISO TC 6, but we are always seeking additional knowledge and assistance. Areas of particular need are: paper ageing, boxes, combined board, cores, environmental, and fiber. If you would like to know more or join the U.S. TAG/ ISO TC 6, please write to

M. Todd Popson
Chair of  U.S. TAG to ISO TC 6

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 anyone... 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 anyone to 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. Visit to join now.  

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

Acronyms You May Need to Know

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 Chair

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 StandardsTIPs, 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 TAPPI CD of Standards, TIPs, and UMs has been discontinued for 2021. 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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