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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 0402-34: Paper machine reel-spool journals: guidelines for crack testing and repair or replacement (Revised) - WGC: Margaret Gorog

Special note: Documents appearing in the TAPPI online version of the Standards and TIPs are updated once a month (usually around the 30th). 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

T 429 cm-10 Alpha-cellulose in paper (April 13, 2023)

General Announcements

TAPPI Annual Business Meeting/Teleconference Agenda

Tuesday March 7, 2023
1:00 pm-1:30 pm ET

As a corporation TAPPI must hold an annual Business Meeting.  That meeting will be held virtually March 7, 2023.  Any interested TAPPI member may join us for a brief report on association business--Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO.

1. Opening Remarks 

Antitrust Reminder
Jim Haeffele, TAPPI Board Chair

The call will be held in accordance with TAPPI’s Antitrust Policy and Procedures.

TAPPI's aim is to promote research and education, and to arrange for the collection, dissemination and interchange of technical concepts and information in fields of interest to its members. TAPPI is not intended to, and may not, play any role in the competitive decisions of its members or their employers, or in any way restrict competition among companies.

2.  Financial Report  Larry Montague, TAPPI President/CEO
3.  Transition the Board-Welcome the new Officers and Directors and thank the retiring Officers and Directors. Jim Haeffele, TAPPI Board Chair
Don Haag TAPPI Board Vice Chair
and Incoming TAPPI Board Chair
4.  Adjourn   

Please contact Mary Beth Cornell, +1 404-510-0696, for  more information.

STAR of the Month

TAPPI TIP 0402-35: Post-Fabrication Cleaning of Stainless Steel in the Pulp and Paper Industry

Scope: All owners and operators of pulp and paper mills want to keep their facility continuously and reliably on stream for as long as possible with the minimum of maintenance. Post-fabrication cleaning maximizes technical and corrosion performance.

Stainless steel relies on its invisible, exceedingly thin, passive film of chromium oxide to protect its surface against the onset of corrosion. Post fabrication cleaning is the single most important factor in maximizing and maintaining the corrosion performance of fabricated stainless steel in any particular application, not just in the pulp and paper industry.

Publishing date: October 2021
Purchasing link 


Working Group Members:
Michael Lykins Chair, Packaging Corporation of America
Margaret Gorog – International Paper
Meg Murphy – Piping Systems Inc.
Devon Wachowiak – Rolled Alloys
Jim Willis – MeadWestvaco Corp.
Poul-Erik Arnvig – Outokumpu StainlessDo you have an idea for a NEW TAPPI Standard or Technical Information Paper? We want to hear about it! Please fill out and submit the New Idea Submission form.

Proposed New TIPs

The scope of the proposal for a new Technical Information Paper is shown below, as well as the assigned Subject Category, the date when the Work Item was opened, the title of the new proposal and the name of the Working Group Chair (WGC).

0420: Plant Engineering & PM

02/27/2023 TIP NEW Sulfuric Acid Unloading with Air. WGC: Sylvia Ciampa

If you would like to join the Working Group or review the final draft for this new proposal, please write to

Members for Working Groups of TIPs needed

Volunteers for the following working groups of Technical Information Papers (TIPs) are needed.

Corrugated Packaging

TIP 0306-15 Identifying anilox volume measuring equipment
TIP 0306-18 Cleaning anilox rolls: procedures and options


TIP 0404-43 Water permeability of press fabrics
Paper and Board
TIP 0410-09 Flow determination by chemical method


TIP 0416-07 Evaluating reverse osmosis for treating makeup to the boiler feedwater in a pulp and paper mill
TIP 0416-13 Water treatment-related opportunities for energy conservation in a paper mill powerhouse
Pulp Manufacture
TIP 0606-25 Methanol (CH3OH) safe storage and handling
TIP 0606-26 Sulfuric acid (H2SO4) safe storage and handling

All Working Groups of TIPs require a minimum of 3 TAPPI members from 3 different companies in order to review a TIP. The following TIPs do not have an assigned Working Group Chair (WGC) to initiate the review:

Corrugated Packaging

TIP 0304-47 Corrugator bearing clearance checks and their impact
TIP 0304-62 Checking the parallel of corrugating rolls with "NCR" paper
TIP 0304-66 Impact of doublebacker hot plate level on board quality and how to measure it
TIP 0305-30 The need for planned maintenance
TIP 0306-11 Quality techniques using existing printing equipment


TIP 0402-38 Best practice guidelines for detecting and mitigating waterside cracking (stress-assisted corrosion) in power and recovery boilers
TIP 0416-03 Water quality and monitoring requirements for paper mill boilers operating with high purity feedwater
TIP 0416-05 Response to contamination of high purity boiler feedwater
TIP 0416-06 Keys to successful chemical cleaning of boilers
TIP 0416-07 Evaluating reverse osmosis for treating makeup to the boiler feedwater in a pulp and paper mill
TIP 0416-13 Water treatment-related opportunities for energy conservation in a paper mill powerhouse


TIP 0404-04 Recommended tensions in dryer fabrics
TIP 0404-05 Methods of evaluating high velocity dryers
TIP 0404-36 Paper grade classifications
TIP 0404-43 Water permeability of press fabrics
TIP 0508-08 Thick stock and broke screening systems, evaluation, inspection, and maintenance

Paper and Board

TIP 0420-14 Guide for increasing the maximum allowable working pressure of cast iron, ASME constructed paper machine dryers

If you would like to join a Working Group of a TIP, please write to for more information.

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:

Optical Properties

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 = 9

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

  • Automatic Review: 10/2024                            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 = 8

Pulp Properties
T 267 cm-15 Compression wood identification in pulpwood

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

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

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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