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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TAPPI Technical Information Papers (TIPs) recently published:

TIP 200-01 Guidelines for Tension During Web Conveyance and for Winding (Revised)
TIP 0305-49 Checklist: Preparing Die Cuts for Shipment (Revised)
TIP 0304-49 Suggestions For Developing a Box Plant Quality Manual (Revised)
TIP 0404-47 Paper Machine Performance Guidelines (Corrected)
TIP 0404-39 Dryer Surface Temperature Measurement (Revised)
TIP 0402-25 Guidelines for Procurement of Cast Stainless Steels for Large Pumps and Valves for the Pulp and Paper Industry (Revised)

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

R. Duane Smith - TIP 200-01
Glenn Rogers - TIP 0305-49
Thomas Staal - TIP 0304-49
Dick Reese - TIP 0404-47
Pekka Kormano - TIP 0404-39
John Grocki - TIP 0402-25

The TAPPI Standards Department would also like to express its gratitude to all volunteers who participated in the review of those Standards as SSIG members.

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 254 cm-10 Cupriethylenediamine disperse viscosity of pulp (falling ball method) (04/01/2022)
T 653 om-07 Specular gloss of paper and paperboard at 20 degrees (04/01/2022)
T 236 om-13 Kappa number of pulp (04/02/2022)
T 207 cm-08 Water solubility of wood and pulp (04/02/2022)
T 622 cm-10 Analysis of sodium hydrosulfite (04/02/2022)
T 624 cm-11 Analysis of soda and sulfate white and green liquors (04/02/2022)
T 429 cm-10 Alpha-cellulose in paper (04/07/2022)
T 600 om-15 Analysis of formaldehyde in aqueous solutions and of free formaldehyde in resins (04/07/2022)
T 613 cm-10 Analysis of caustic soda (04/07/2022)
T 618 cm-10 Analysis of limestone (04/07/2022)
T 619 cm-10 Analysis of salt cake (04/07/2022)
T 226 cm-11 Specific external surface of pulp (04/19/2022)
T 632 cm-10 Analysis of sodium silicate (04/22/2022)
T 244 cm-11 Acid-insoluble ash in wood, pulp, paper, and paperboard (04/25/2022)
T 223 cm-10 Pentosans in wood and pulp (05/13/2022)

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 is a TAPPI TIP that was recently submitted to the Working Group for review. The date when the Work Item was opened is shown, 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-Pressing and Forming

TIP 0404-52 Press Section Optimization (03/23/2022)
WGC: John Neun

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

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STAR of the Month

 TIP 200-01 Guidelines for Tension During Web Conveyance and for Winding

The scope of this TIP is to provide guidelines for suggested amount of web tension that should be used to convey certain types of web materials that are common to the paper, paperboard, polymer film, extrusion coating and flexible packaging industries.

Publishing date: March 31st, 2022

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As David Roisum, Ph.D. of Finishing Technologies, Inc has noted- “This TIP has greatly improved with regard to application guidelines while preserving the numerical core of the guidelines themselves because they are well-experienced and well enough done.”

As Kelly Frey of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has stated “Hopefully the edits that our team provided is just the “icing on the cake” that helps to continue to improve this TIP that has a lot of valuable information around producing a good quality roll.”  He also stated that “operators at CP Chemical and many in the industry have found this Tension Tip useful.”

Also Beth Warren, PE at Pregis Flexible and Protective Packaging explains that “This is a great standard for web tension that I have returned back to many times in my career in the converting industry. I often refer work colleagues to this tip when they struggle with finding a good starting point for tension settings for new products. The improvements made it this updated TIP, Guidelines for tension during web conveyance and for winding will help even more with applications in the future.”

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:

 Chemical Properties

T 434 cm-10 Acid-soluble iron in paper

  • Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 9

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

  • Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 9

T 621 cm-10 Analysis of rosin

  • Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 9

T 628 cm-10 Analysis of rosin size   

  • Automatic review - 10/2019         Current SSIG Count = 9

Fillers and Pigments
T 438 cm-06 Zinc and Cadmium in Paper

  • Draft 2                                          Current SSIG Count = 9

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 Coming Up For Review

The system for review and development of TAPPI Standards requires an announcement of review dates so that any interested TAPPI parties may accessmthe drafts, submit comments, and/or join the Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) to cast an official vote. Listed below are the Standards that will be up for review in 2021. The date indicated is the target date on which the draft will be distributed to the SSIG for that particular Standard. Any interested individuals who wish to be part of the voting for any Standard should send a message to and request voting membership on the corresponding SSIG, prior to the target ballot date, if possible. Anyone who joins the SSIG before the target balloting date will receive a notice of the ballot. If you have joined the Standard Specific Interest Group for any Standard, you will receive a notice for ballot at the proper time with instructions for casting your vote and making your comments. If you wish to join the Standard Specific Interest Group for a particular Standard, please go to the Subject Categories on the Standards page or contact the Standards Department at TAPPI (, or phone +1-770-209-7249.

1. T 1210 sp-18 Units of measurement and conversion factors (04/2022)

2. T 1216 sp-18 Indices for whiteness, yellowness, brightness, and luminous reflectance factor (04/2022)

3. T 212 om-18 One percentsodium hydroxide solubility of wood and pulp (04/2022)

4. T 232 cm-13 Fiber length of pulp by projection (04/2022)

5. T 262 sp-18 Preperation of mechanical pulps for testing (04/2022)

6. T 281 sp-18 Open drum washer mat sampling technique (04/2022)

7. T 419 om-18 Starch in paper (04/2022)

8. T 464 om-18 Water vapor transmission rate of paper and paperboard at high temperature and humidity (04/2022)

9. T 495 cm-13 Bending number of paperboard (04/2022)

10. T 530 om-18 Size test for paper by ink resistance (Hercules-type method) (04/2022)

11. T 536 om-18 Resistance of paper to passage of air (high-pressure Gurley Method) (04/2022)

12. T 547 om-18 Air permeance of paper and paperboard (Sheffield method) (04/2022)

13. T 579 om-18 Diffuse brightness of paper, paperboard and pulp (d/0) (ultraviolet level D65) (04/2022)

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST). 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. 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 May 5, 2022, 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 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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