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33 Standards Awaiting 
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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 0304-39 In-line Coating at the Corrugator (Revised)
TIP 0416-11 Recommended Test Procedure for Black Liquor Evaporators (Revised)
TIP 0304-18 Viscosity Reading Procedure for Flexographic Corrugated Inks (Revised)
TIP 0305-40 Reduction or Elimination of Ink and/or Varnish Smear When Printing and Rotary Die Cutting in One Pass (Revised)
TIP 0305-54 Material Handling Considerations for Flexo Folder Gluers (Revised)
TIP 0304-26 Common Curtain Coating Problems: Causes, Detection, and Correction (Revised)
TIP 0304-23 Statistical Process Control Pin Adhesion (Withdrawn)
TIP 0305-45 Squaring Flap Cut (Center Special) Boxes (Withdrawn)

Special thanks to the members below for being Working Group Chairs in  recently published reviews of TAPPI TIPs:

Christopher Verrill - TIP 0416-11
John Buzzell -  TIP 0304-39
Peter Snyder - TIP 0304-18
John Buzzell - TIP 0305-40
John Buzzell - TIP 0305-54
Peter Snyder - TIP 0304-26
Thomas Altman - TIP 0304-23
John Buzzell - TIP 0305-45

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 489 om-15 Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper and paperboard (Taber-type tester in basic configuration) (10/01/2021)
T 507 cm-09 Grease resistance of flexible packaging materials (10/01/2021)
T 1006 sp-15 Testing of fiber glass mats: use of modified TAPPI procedures for sampling and lot acceptance, stiffness, tear resistance, and thickness (10/01/2021)
T 1007 sp-15 Sample location for fiber glass mat sheets (10/01/2021)
T 1008 sp-15 Test conditions for fiber glass mat test methods (10/01/2021)
T 1011 om-15 Basis weight of fiber glass mats (10/01/2021)
T 1012 om-15 Moisture content of fiber glass mats (10/01/2021)
T 1013 om-15 Loss on ignition of fiber glass mats (10/01/2021)
T 1014 om-15 Moisture sensitivity of fiber glass mats (10/01/2021)
T 1016 om-15 Average fiber diameter of fiber glass mats (10/01/2021)
T 252 om-16 pH and electrical conductivity of hot water extracts of pulp, paper, and paperboard  (10/03/2021)
T 406 om-13 Reducible sulfur in paper and paperboard (10/03/2021)
T 509 om-15 Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (cold extraction method) (10/03/2021)
T 203 cm-09 Alpha-, beta- and gamma-cellulose in pulp (10/07/2021)
T 408 cm-07 Rosin in paper and paperboard (10/07/2021)
T 268 om-13 Weight-volume measurement of pulpwood (10/08/2021)
T 1009 om-16 Tensile strength and elongation at break for fiber glass mats (10/08/2021)
T 1015 sp-15 Fiber glass mat uniformity (visual defects) (10/08/2021)
T 648 om-14 Viscosity of coating clay slurry (10/16/2021)
T 825 om-14 Flat crush test of corrugated board (rigid support method) (10/16/2021)
T 546 om-15 Machine-direction grammage variation measurement (gravimetric method) (10/29/2021)
WI 3035 Specular gloss at 20º -- parallel beam method (10/30/2021)
T 413 om-17 Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 900°C (11/3/2021)
T 702 om-14 Rheological measurements for characterization of polyolefins: low-density polyethylene (LDPE) for extrusion coating (11/4/2021)

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. 

0304-Process Control & Quality Assurance

9/13/2021 - TIP 0304-25 Understanding formaldehyde management. WGC: Chuck Schaeufele
9/13/2021 - TIP 0304-43 High density papers -- what are they? WGC: Chuck Schaeufele
9/15/2021 - TIP 0304-18 Viscosity reading procedure for flexographic corrugated inks. WGC: Scott Miller
9/17/2021 - TIP 0304-49 Suggestions for developing a box plant quality manual. WGC: Tom Stahl
9/17/2021 - TIP 0304-08 Some questions and answers on gel temperatures and on the gel temperature test for corrugating adhesives. WGC: Tyson Kassell
9/17/2021 - TIP 0304-38 Material safety data sheets - what to look for, how to understand them. WGC: Tyson Kassell


9/14/2021 - TIP 0305-40 Reduction or elimination of ink and/or varnish smear when printing and rotary die cutting in one pass. WGC: Scott Miller
9/17/2021 - TIP 0305-13 Project leader. WGC: Dave Carlson

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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 Standard-Specific Interest Group (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! Join an SSIG today!


STAR of the Month

Devoted Family Man with a Collaborative Spirit!

Project Manager
Ahlstrom-Munksjö – Stevens Point, Wisconsin

“It’s about the people you meet. I can’t tell you how many times I reached out to someone I met at a conference and ended up collaborating with them” – Don Guay, Ph.D.

Don has 21 years of experience in the paper industry, most notably at Verso, ND Paper and Ahlstrom-Munksjo in both Engineering, and Operations Management roles. Don also received tenure with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Paper Science and Engineering Department. He has a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Maine.

Don and his wife, Kelly, live in the Stevens Point area with their five children. He loves to camp with the kids and enjoys downhill skiing and curling in the winter. Don and Kelly also own a winery!

Is there any particular review that has impacted you? Please tell us about your experience.
What’s interesting is that I went to graduate school and did lots of work in pulping and bleaching. We did the Kappa number test at least a thousand times, then, I went on to review the TAPPI T 236 test method (dug into it) and for the first time I realized that I didn’t really understand how the test works. That review was really invigorating, I found certain things that I did not like. There were conversions that were a bit clunky, so I took the opportunity to understand how it really works to apply modifications and improve them.

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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 = 6 


 Chemical Properties

T 223 cm-10       Pentosans in wood and pulp                                   

                            Automatic review - 10/2019           Current SSIG Count = 9


T 429 cm-10       Alpha-cellulose in paper                            

                            Automatic review - 10/2019           Current SSIG Count = 8

T 434 cm-10       Acid-soluble iron in paper                                       

                            Automatic review - 10/2019           Current SSIG Count = 6


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 = 9

T 613 cm-10       Analysis of caustic soda                             

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 8


T 618 cm-10       Analysis of limestone                                 

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 7


T 621 cm-10       Analysis of rosin                                                        

                            Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 7


T 628 cm-10       Analysis of rosin size                                                 

                            Automatic review - 10/2019        Current SSIG Count = 7

T 632 cm-11       Analysis of sodium silicate                                       

                            Automatic review - 5/2020          Current SSIG Count = 7


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 = 9


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


Sulfite and Semichemical Pulping
 T 604 cm-09  Sulfur dioxide in sulfite cooking liquor
                        Draft 2                                            Current SSIG Count = 5


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

Standards Ready for Final Approval at SARG

The list below show Standards that are ready to be submitted to Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) at its Fall 2021 meeting:
(* = indicates Standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)

*T 200 Laboratory beating of pulp (Valley beater method) - Reaffirmed

*T 213 Dirt in pulp-chart method - Reaffirmed

*T 220  Physical testing of pulp handsheets - Reaffirmed

*T 222  Acid insoluble lignin in wood and pulp - Revised

*T 227 Freeness of pulp (Canadian standard method) - Reaffirmed

*T 248  Laboratory beating of pulp (PFI mill method) - Reaffirmed
T 249 Carbohydrate composition of extractive-free wood and wood pulp by gas liquid chromatography - Reaffirmed

*T 259 Species identification of nonwood plant fibers - Revised

*T 277 Macro stickies content in pulp: the “pick-up” method - Reaffirmed

*T 278 Pulp screening (Valley-type screening device) - Reaffirmed

*T 411 Thickness (caliper) of paper, paperboard, and combined board - Reaffirmed

T 423 Folding endurance of paper (Schopper-type tester) - Reaffirmed

*T 425 Opacity of paper (15/d geometry, illuminant A/2 degrees, 89% reflectance backing and paper backing) - Reaffirmed

*T 428 Hot water extractable acidity or alkalinity of paper - Revision

*T 444 Silver tarnishing by paper and paperboard - Revision

*T 448 Water vapor transmission rate of paper ad paperboard at 23 degrees C and 50% RH - Reaffirmed

*T 459 Surface strength of paper (wax pick test) - Revised

*T 460 Air resistance of paper (Gurley method) - Revised

*T 465 Static creasing of paper for water vapor transmission tests - Reaffirmed

*T 476 Abrasion loss of paper and paperboard (Taber-type method) - Revised

T 500 Book bulk and bulking number of paper - Reaffirmed

T 504 Glue in paper (qualitative & quantitative determination) - Reaffirmed

*T 541 Internal bond strength of paperboard ( z-direction tensile) - Reaffirmed 

*T 564 Transparent chart for the estimation of defect size - Reaffirmed

*T 566 Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper (Taber-type tester in 0 to 10 Taber stiffness unit configuration) - Revised

*T 572 Accelerated pollutant agng of printing and writing paper by pullotion chamber exposure apparatus - Revised

*T 573 Accelerated temperature aging of printing and writing paper by dry oven exposure apparatus - Revised

*T 577  Score bend test - Reaffirmed

*T 650 Solids content of black liquor - Reaffirmed

T 838 Edge crush test using neckdown - Reaffirmed

*T 844 Determining construction (nominal basis weight) of corrugated board - Reaffirmed

*T 1212 Light sources for evaluating papers including those containing fluorescent whitening agents - Revised

WI 3036 High shear Capillary Viscosity (ACA Capillary Viscosity) of coating color on paper and paperboard - New Item

A copy of the final draft for all these Standards can be found on the SARG page 

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next virtual meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EST). SARG approval is the last step prior to publication for any new, reaffirmed or revised standard. There are 33 Standards awaiting SARG approval.

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 October 8, 2021 to

U.S. TAG to ISO TC 6

Next ISO TC6/ US TAG meeting will be held on Monday, October 6, 2021 at 10 AM (EST).

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

M.Todd Popson
Chair of ISO TC6/ US TAG 

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)

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