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29 Standards Submitted for Final Approval at 
Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG)

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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

Check here the list of TAPPI Technical Information Papers (TIPs) published this year

  • TIP 0404-18: Measurement of dryer condensing rates (vertical separator method)
    - WGC: Mike Soucy

  • TIP 0404-49:  Yankee dryer steam condensing rates
    - WGC: 
    Mike Soucy

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

  • TIP 0304-24: Calibration and maintenance of the burst tester 
    - WGC: James Pauw

  • TIP 0410-09: Flow determination by chemical method 
    - WGC:
    Alfred Li

  • TIP 0416-04: Design engineer decisions tree:  paper mill boiler feedwater 
    - WGC: Fred Call

  • TIP 0416-15: Chloride and potassium measurement and control in the pulping and chemical recovery cycle 
    - WGC: Andrew Jones

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
  1. T 665 cm-12 Analysis of talc
    - (Ballot closing: May 19, 2023)

  2. T 1008 sp-15 Test conditions for fiberglass mat test methods
    - (Ballot closing: May 28, 2023)

  3. T 1014 om-15 Moisture sensitivity of fiber glass mats
    - (Ballot closing: May 28, 2023)

  4. T 1015 sp-15 Fiber glass mat uniformity (visual defects)
    (Ballot closing: May 28, 2023)

  5. T 825 om-14 Flat crush test of corrugated board (rigid support method)
    - (Ballot closing: June 1, 2023)
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STAR of the Month

TAPPI TIP 0304-24: Calibration and maintenance of the burst tester

Scope: The burst tester may be used when performing bursting strength tests on paper, paperboard, linerboard, corrugated board, and solid fiberboard.

Bursting strength of corrugated board is a requirement of various carrier regulations and governmental specifications. Bursting strength of linerboard is critical because paper mills may use this property to control their process in order to conform to the regulations and specifications mentioned above. The burst test is relatively simple to perform but is susceptible to serious errors if the instrument is not properly maintained.

Publishing date: March 2023
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 Fig. 3. Platens in clamped position, with wing nut loosened
Fig. 4. High pressure gauge registering 150 psi (1035 kPa) clamping force

Working Group Members:
Jim Pauw – Chair, Mitchel Lincoln Packaging
Jerry Loza – Packaging Corporation of America
Jeff Gebauer – Niagara Sheets, LLC

Do 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).

04/24/2023  TIP NEW  Unloading Sulfuric Acid Using Compressed Air
- WGC: Sylvia Ciampa - Working Group Needed

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 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 0404-26 Paper machine clothing performance analysis
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.

Standards Coming Up For Review

Chemical Properties

T 625 cm-14 Analysis of soda and sulfate black liquor      
- Automatic Review Date: April 30, 2023

Fiberboard Shipping Container

T 824 cm-14 Fluted edge crush of corrugating medium (flexible beam method)          
- Automatic Review Date: April 30, 2023

T 812 om-19 Ply separation of solid and corrugated fiberboard (wet)           
- Automatic Review Date: May 7, 2023

Optical Properties

T 527 om-19  Color of paper and paperboard (d/0, C/2)     
-  Automatic Review Date: October 2, 2023

P&PQ General

T 1200 sp-19 Interlaboratory evaluation of test methods to determine TAPPI repeatability and reproducibility         
- Automatic Review Date: October 2, 2023

T 1211 sp-19 Self-certification practice for organizations providing reference materials for TAPPI Standards     
- Automatic Review Date: October 2, 2023

Physical Properties 

T 410 om-19 Grammage of paper and paperboard (weight per unit area)
- Automatic Review Date: May 14, 2023

T 496 sp-19 Specimen preparation for cross directional internal tearing resistance for paper, paperboard, and related materials       
- Automatic Review Date: May 14, 2023

T 453 sp-19 Effect of dry heat on properties of paper and board 
- Automatic Review Date: October 2, 2023

T 458 cm-14 Surface wettability of paper (angle of contact method)
- Automatic Review Date: December 2, 2023


T 545 om-19 Cross-machine grammage profile measurement (gravimetric method)
- Automatic Review Date: October 2, 2023

Pulp Properties

T 230 om-19 Viscosity of pulp (capillary viscometer method)        
- Automatic Review Date: May 14, 2023

T 282 om-19 Hexeneuronic acid content of chemical pulp
- Automatic Review Date: May 14, 2023

T 240 om-19 Consistency (concentration) of pulp suspensions     
- Automatic Review Date: October 2, 2023

Standards Ready for Final Approval at SARG

The list below show 29 Standards that have been submitted to TAPPI's Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) for its Spring 2023 meeting:
(* = indicates Standards eligible for submission as American National Standards)

*T 218  Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (Büchner funnel procedure) (Reaffirmation)

T 223 Pentosans in wood and pulp (Reaffirmation)

T 226 Specific external surface of pulp (Reaffirmation)

T 232 Fiber length of pulp by projection (Reaffirmation)

*T 263  Identification of wood and fibers from conifers (Reaffirmation)

*T 271  Fiber length of pulp and paper by automated optical analyzer using polarized light (Reaffirmation)

*T 275  Screening of pulp (Somerville-type equipment) (Reaffirmation)

*T 406  Reducible sulfur in paper and paperboard (Reaffirmation)

*T 409  Machine direction of paper and paperboard (Revision)

T 434 Acid-soluble iron in paper (Reaffirmation)

T 483 Odor of packaging materials (Reaffirmation)

*T 491 Water immersion number of paperboard (Reaffirmation)

T 493 Identification and determination of melamine resin in paper (Reaffirmation)

T 495 Bending number of paperboard (Withdrawal)

T 516 Envelope seal, seam, and window patch testing (Reaffirmation)

*T 547 Air permeance of paper and paperboard (Sheffield method) (Reaffirmation)

*T 551 Thickness of paper and paperboard (soft platen method) (Reaffirmation)

*T 568 Physical area of sub-visible contraries in pulp, paper and paperboard by image analysis (Reaffirmation)

*T 579 Diffuse brightness of paper, paperboard and pulp (d/0) (ultraviolet level D65) (Reaffirmation)

T 613 Analysis of caustic soda (Reaffirmation)

T 619 Analysis of salt cake (Reaffirmation)

T 621 Analysis of rosin (Reaffirmation)

T 624 Analysis of soda and sulfate white and green liquors (Reaffirmation)

T 628 Analysis of rosin size (Reaffirmation)

T 632 Analysis of sodium silicate (Revision)

*T 1011 Basis weight of fiber glass mats (Revision)

*T 1012 Moisture content of fiber glass mats (Revision)

*T 1217 Photometric linearity of optical properties instruments (Reaffirmation)

*T 1218 Calibration of reflectance standards for hemispherical geometry (Reaffirmation)

A copy of the final draft for all these Standards will be posted on TAPPI's SARG page soon.

Announcement of SARG Meeting

The next meeting of the Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET). 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 25, 2023, 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

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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.

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For individual Useful Methods, order item number: 0104UM_____ (Insert UM number)

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