New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TIP 0410-10 "Weirs and flumes" (Revision)

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TAPPI Standards in Ballot

The TAPPI Standards regulations require public review of standards that are up for ballot. TAPPI members can view any drafts that are in ballot by logging in to the TAPPI web site (, clicking on "My TAPPI," and then clicking on the "Standards Public Draft Review" link on the left side of the page. If you would like to review and comment on any draft and are not a member of the corresponding Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG), you may view the draft on line or you may request a copy of the draft being balloted by writing to TAPPI members may join SSIGs as permanent members; go to the Subject Category page to download forms for this purpose. Nonmembers of TAPPI may join any SSIG as a voting member; to do so, send a message to to receive a copy of the draft and a 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 665 "Analysis of talc" (February 3, 2012)
T 282 "Hexeneuronic acid content of chemical pulp" (February 20, 2012)
T 483 "Odor of packaging materials" (February 20, 2012)
T 559 "Grease resistance test for paper and paperboard" (February 20, 2012)
T 234 "Coarseness of pulp fibers" (February 20, 2012)

SSIG Members Needed

Work is now beginning on draft development of a new standard for cellulose nanomaterials. This standard shall establish and define standard terms for cellulose nanomaterial, the different types of cellulose nanomaterials and the hierarchical structure of cellulose nanomaterial terms.

If you would like to join the Standard Specific Interest Group (SSIG) for this standard, and receive a ballot for voting, please notify the Standards Department at or by fax at +1-770-446-6947 no later than January 31, 2012 (this is an extended deadline from the one announced in the December 2011 STAR). Please reference WI 3021 in your communication.

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 access the 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 2012. The date indicated is the target date on which the draft will be posted for review by TAPPI members in the Members Only section of the TAPPI website. On that date, you may go to the home page (, log on with your member ID and password, place your cursor over "Membership," and select "My TAPPI" from the dropdown box. When your personal page appears, click on the "Standards Public Draft Review" link on the left-hand side. You do not have to be a member of the Standard Specific Interest Group to comment on the draft.

Nonmembers of TAPPI 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. Nonmembers cannot access the drafts online, but they will be sent copies by email upon request after receiving the notice of ballot by email.

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 for Standards page or contact the Standards Department at TAPPI (, or phone +1-770-209-7276 or fax +1-770-446-6947).

T 839 om-08 Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard using the clamp method (short column test) (May 1, 2012)
T 272 sp-08 Forming handsheets for reflectance testing of pulp (sheet machine procedure) (May 4, 2012)
T 452 om-08 Brightness of pulp, paper, and paperboard (directional reflectance at 457 nm) (May 8, 2012)
T 1500 gl-08 Optical measurements terminology (related to appearance evaluation of paper) May 11, 2012)
T 566 om-08 Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper (Taber-type tester in 0 to 10 Taber stiffneess unit configuration) (May 15, 2012)
T 410 om-08 Grammage of paper and paperboard (weight per unit area) (May 18, 2012)
T 437 om-08 Dirt in paper and paperboard (May 22, 2012)
T 550 om-08 Determination of equilibrium moisture in pulp, paper and paperboard for chemical analysis (June 5, 2012)
T 496 sp-08 Specimen preparation for cross directional internal tearing resistance for paper, paperboard and related (June 8, 2012)
T 698 cm-03 Determination of wetting tension of polyethylene and polypropylene films and coatings (modified visking analytical technique) (June 12, 2012)
T 538 om-08 Roughness of paper and paperboard (Sheffield method) (June 19, 2012)
T 563 om-08 Equivalent black area (EBA) and count of visible dirt in pulp, paper and paperboard by image analysis (June 26, 2012)
T 572 sp-08 Accelerated pollutant aging of printing and writing paper by pollution chamber exposure apparatus (July 10, 2012)
T 459 om-08 Surface strength of paper (wax pick test) (July 13, 2012)
T 401 om-08 Fiber analysis of paper and paperboard (July 17, 2012)
T 210 cm-03 Sampling and testing wood pulp shipments for moisture (July 20, 2012)
T 248 sp-08 Laboratory beating of pulp (PFI mill method) (July 24, 2012)
T 268 om-08 Weight-volume measurement of pulpwood (August 7, 2012)
T 230 om-08 Viscosity of pulp (capillary viscometer method) (August 10, 2012)
T 841 cm-03 Edgewise compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard using the Morris method (short column test) (August 14, 2012)
T 829 om-08 Score quality test (August 17, 2012)
T 812 om-08 Ply separation of solid and corrugated fiberboard (wet) (August 21, 2012)
T 835 om-08 Water absorption of corrugating medium: water drop absorption test (August 24, 2012
T 826 om-08 Short span compressive strength of containerboard (September 11, 2012)
T 692 om-08 Determination of suspended solids in kraft green and white liquors (September 14, 2012)
T 428 om-08 Hot water extractable acidity or alkalinity of paper (September 18, 2012)
T 406 om-08 Reducible sulfur in paper and paperboard (September 21, 2012)
T 577 pm-08 Score bend test (September 25, 2012)
T 495 cm-03 Bending number of paperboard ((October 12, 2012)
T 402 sp-08 Standard conditioning and testing atmospheres for paper, board, pulp handsheets, and related products (October 23, 2012)
T 549 om-08 Coefficients of static and kinetic friction of uncoated writing and printing paper by use of the horizontal plane (November 6, 2012)
T 489 om-08 Bending resistance (stiffness) of paper and paperboard (Taber-type tester in basic configuration) (November 13, 2012)
T 491 om-08 Water immersion number of paperboard (November 20, 2012)
T 453 sp-08 Effect of dry heat on properties of paper and board (November 27, 2012)
T 511 om-08 Folding endurance of paper (MIT tester) (December 4, 2012)
T 274 sp-08 Laboratory screening of pulp (MasterScreen - type instrument) (December 11, 2012)

Did You Know

... that many of the TAPPI Standard Test Methods require the use of reference materials for calibrating the instruments used in testing? As an example, Optical properties tests (brightness, whiteness, and other tests of appearance properties) are tests where the need for specialized reference materials is widely recognized. The use of certified reference measures of mass, distance, time, and volume are also widely used within the paper industry measurement organizations for verifying calibration of basis weight balances, cutting dies and templates, tensile testers, to name only a few of the more obvious examples.

As assistance to those needing a source of reference calibrating materials or equipment, TAPPI maintains a Reference Materials List which is described in TAPPI Standard Practice T 1211. Suppliers of standard materials for TAPPI Standard Test Methods that would like to be placed on the Reference Materials List are encouraged to consult this Standard Practice for guidance on the steps to take in order to be listed. In addition to reading the requirements of TAPPI T 1211, interested parties are encouraged to contact Charles Bohanan, TAPPI Director of Standards and Awards, at to discuss specific needs of the Reference Materials program or assistance in becoming a listed material source.

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

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 Chairman
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 Standards and TIPs 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.

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