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38 Standards Approved at
Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG)

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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 212 om-18 One percent sodium hydroxide solubility of wood and pulp (06/04/2022)
T 232 cm-13 Fiber length of pulp by projection (06/05/2022)
T 262 sp-18 Preparation of mechanical pulps for testing (06/05/2022)
T 223 cm-10 Pentosans in wood and pulp (06/06/2022)
T 244 cm-11 Acid-insoluble ash in wood, pulp, paper, and paperboard (06/06/2022)
T 632 cm-10 Analysis of sodium silicate (06/06/2022)
T 1210 sp-18 Units of measurement and conversion factors (06/06/2022)
T 281 sp-18 Open drum washer mat sampling technique (06/10/2022)
T 419 om-18 Starch in paper (06/10/2022)
T 464 om-18 Water vapor transmission rate of paper and paperboard at high temperature and humidity (06/10/2022)
T 530 om-18 Size test for paper by ink resistance (Hercules-type method) (06/11/2022)
T 536 om-18 Resistance of paper to passage of air (high-pressure Gurley method) (06/11/2022)
T 809 om-17 Flat crush of corrugating medium (CMT test) (06/29/2022)
T 653 om-07 Specular gloss of paper and paperboard at 20 degrees (07/05/2022)
T 1216 sp-18 Indices for whiteness, yellowness, brightness, and luminous reflectance factor (07/11/2022)

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STAR of the Month

TIP 0425-07: Safe and Reliable Start-Up and Shut-Down of Yankee Hood Air Systems

This Technical Information Paper (TIP) provides general procedures for start-up and shut-down of Yankee hood air systems. This TIP does not include guidelines for start-up or shut-down of Yankee cylinders. Information regarding this may be found in “Guidelines for Safe Assessment and Operation of Yankee Dryers”, which is available from TAPPI.

Following proper procedure for start-up and shut-down of Yankee hoods and air systems will:

  • Minimize the risk of injury to personnel.
  • Minimize potential damage to production and building assets
  • Potentially improve reliability and the efficiency with which these operations are conducted.

Publishing date: February 2022

Purchasing link: 

Working Group:

Lawrence Yane – Working Group Chair, Enerquin Air
Mark Harrison, Thermal Systems Group
Alfredo Sarli, Valmet
Michael Schindler, Valmet
Floyd Kane, Voith
Fabián Donayo, Celulosa Campana

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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:

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

  • Working Group Chair (WGC) Review             Current SSIG Count = 9

 Optical Properties

T 218 sp-18 Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (Büchner funnel procedure)  

  • Ballot up for review                                        Current SSIG Count = 9

T 425 om-21 Opacity of paper (15/d geometry, illuminant A/2 degrees, 89% reflectance backing and paper backing)

  • Automatic Review: 10/2025                           Current SSIG Count = 9

T 515 om-20 Visual grading and color matching of paper

  • Automatic Review: 04/2024                            Current SSIG Count = 8

T 567 om-20 Determination of effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) by infrared reflectance measurement 

  • Automatic Review: 10/2024                            Current SSIG Count = 9

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

  • Ballot up for review                                         Current SSIG Count = 9             

T 1217 sp-18 Photometric linearity of optical properties instruments  

  • Ballot up for review                                         Current SSIG Count = 9

T 1218 sp-18 Calibration of reflectance standards for hemispherical geometry 

  • Ballot up for review                                         Current SSIG Count = 9

T 1500 gl-18 Optical measurements terminology (related to appearance evaluation of paper)

  • Ballot up for review                                         Current SSIG Count = 9

Physical Properties

T 454 om-21 Turpentine test for voids in glassine and greaseproof papers

  • Automatic Review: 05/2025                            Current SSIG Count = 9

Pulp Properties

T 267 cm-15 Compression wood identification in pulpwood

  • Automatic Review: 10/2024                            Current SSIG Count = 8

T 282 om-19 Hexeneuronic acid content of chemical pulp

  • Automatic Review: 05/2023                            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

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) meeting occurred for Thursday, May 12, 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (ET). This meeting was virtual only - via Zoom. SARG approval is the last step prior to publication for any new, reaffirmed or revised standards.

The list below shows 37 revised/ reaffirmed Standards and 1 withdrawn Standard that were submitted to SARG and approved at its Spring 2022 Meeting:
(* = indicates Standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)

T 203 Alpha-, beta-, and gamma-, cellulose in pulp (Reaffirmed)

*T 211 Ash in wood, pulp, paper, and paperboard: combustion at 525 degrees C (Reaffirmed)

T 221 Drainage time of pulp (Reaffirmed)

T 231 Zero-span breaking strength of pulp (dry zero-span tensile) (Reaffirmed)

T 235 Alkali solubility of pulp at 25°C (Reaffirmed)

T 237 Carboxyl content of pulp (Reaffirmed)

*T 252 pH and electrical conductivity of hot water extracts of pulp, paper, and paperboard (Reaffirmed)

T 261 Fines fraction by weight of paper stock by wet screening (Reaffirmed)

T 264 Preparation of wood for chemical analysis (Reaffirmed)

*T 268 Weight-volume measurement of pulpwood (Reaffirmed)

*T 400 Sampling and accepting a single lot of paper, paperboard, containerboard, or related product (Reaffirmed)

T 408 Rosin in paper and paperboard (Reaffirmed)

*T 412 Moisture in pulp, paper, and paperboard (Reaffirmed)

T 430 Copper number of pulp, paper, and paperboard (Reaffirmed)

*T 435 Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (hot extraction method) (Reaffirmed)

*T 456 Tensile breaking strength of water-saturated paper and paperboard (“wet tensile strength”) (Revision)

T 461 Flame resistance of treated paper and paperboard (Reaffirmed)

*T 489 Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper and paperboard (Taber-type tester in basic configuration) (Revision)

*T 494 Tensile properties of paper and paperboard (using constant rate of elongation apparatus) (Revision)

T 507 Grease resistance of flexible packaging materials (Reaffirmed)

*T 509 Hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of paper extracts (cold extraction method) (Reaffirmed)

T 520 Curl of gummed flat paper (Reaffirmed)

*T 538 Roughness of paper and paperboard (Sheffield method) (Reaffirmed)

*T 543 Bending resistance of paper (Gurley-type tester) (Reaffirmed)

*T 546 Machine-direction grammage variation measurement (gravimetric method) (Reaffirmed)

*T 550 Determination of equilibrium moisture in pulp, paper, and paperboard for chemical analysis (Reaffirmed)

*T 555 Roughness of paper and paperboard (print-surf method) (Revision)

*T 569 Internal bond strength (Scott type) (Revision)

*T 610 Preparation of indicators and standard solutions (Reaffirmed)

*T 646 Brightness of clay and other mineral pigments (45/0) (Reaffirmed)

*T 648 Viscosity of coating clay slurry (Revision)

*T 684 Gross heating value of black liquor (Reaffirmed)

*T 702 Rheological measurements for characterization of polyolefins: low-density polyethylene (LDPE) for extrusion coating (Revision)

T 820 Flexural stiffness of corrugated board (Withdrawal)

*T 835 Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop absorption test (Revision)

*T 1009 Tensile Strength and elongation at break for fiber glass mats (Reaffirmed)

*T 1016 Average fiber diameter of fiber glass mats (Reaffirmed)

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

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

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