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New or Revised Standards, TIPs, and Useful Methods

TIP 0402-30 "Inspection for cracking of composite tubes in black liquor recovery boilers" (Revision and reinstatement of previously withdrawn TIP)

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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 262 "Preparation of mechanical pulps for testing" (August 2, 2012)
T 538 "Roughness of paper and paperboard (Sheffield method)" (August 3, 2012)
T 697 "Accelerated test for viscosity stability of clay slurries" (August 8, 2012)
T 563 "Equivalent black area (EBA) and count of visible dirt in pulp, paper and paperboard by image analysis" (August 10, 2012)
T 567 "Determination of effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) by infrared reflectance measurement" (August 10, 2012)
T NEW (WI 3026) "Preparation of handsheets for effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) determination, using a sheet mold with filter paper" (August 10, 2012)
T NEW (WI 3027) "Preparation of handsheets for effective residual ink concentration (ERIC) determination, using a sheet mold" (August 10, 2012)
T 657 "Sampling of fillers and pigments" (August 13, 2012)
T 572 "Accelerated pollutant aging of printing and writing paper by pollution chamber exposure apparatus" (August 24, 2012)
T 698 "Determination of wetting tension of polyethylene and polypropylene films and coatings (modified visking analytical technique)" (August 24, 2012)
T 459 "Surface strength of paper (wax pick test)" (August 27, 2012)

General Announcements

Nominations for the major TAPPI 2013 awards are due by August 1, 2012. The awards that may be presented in the upcoming year are:

•   Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award - The Association's highest technical honor may be presented annually to recognize an individual or individuals for preeminent scientific and engineering achievements of proven commercial benefit to the world's pulp, paper, board, and forest products industries and the other industries that TAPPI serves.
•   Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award - The Association's highest award for service, may be presented annually to recognize leadership and service which have significantly and demonstrably contributed to the advancement of the Association.
•   Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Member Award – The highest honor for Local Sections may be presented annually to recognize an individual for outstanding leadership and exceptional service to one or more Local Sections, which have resulted in significant and demonstrable benefits to the Local Section members.
•   TAPPI Fellow - TAPPI Fellows are Individuals who have been members of TAPPI for not less than 10 years prior to the nomination, and who have contributed meritorious service to the Association and/or the paper and related industries. Retiring members of the TAPPI Board of Directors become Fellows automatically at the end of their term.

The TAPPI Awards and Honors page has links to these awards which will show the qualifications required and links to the nomination forms that must be completed. You may submit all nomination forms by email to, or you may fax them to the attention of the awards department at +1-770-446-6947, or send by mail to TAPPI, Awards Department, 15 Technology Parkway South, Norcross, GA 30092, USA.


The following TAPPI Standards have been approved as American National Standards by the ANSI Board of Standards Review:

T 211 "Ash in wood, pulp, paper and paperboard: combustion at 525 degrees C
T 212 "One percent sodium hydroxide solubility of wood and pulp
T 240 "Consistency (concentration) of pulp suspensions"
T 252 "pH and electrical conductivity of hot water extracts of pulp, paper, and paperboard"
T 281 "Open drum washer mat sampling technique"
T 421 "Qualitative (including optical microscopic) analysis of mineral filler and mineral coating of paper"
T 444 "Silver tarnishing by paper and paperboard
T 464 "Water vapor transmission rate of paper and paperboard at high temperature and humidity"
T 525 "Diffuse brightness of paper, paperboard and pulp (d/0) -- ultraviolet level C
T 530 "Size test for paper by ink resistance (Hercules-type method)"
T 568 "Physical area of sub-visible contraries in pulp, paper, and paperboard by image analysis"
T 802 "Drop test for fiberboard shipping containers"
T 815 Coefficient of static friction (slide angle) of packaging and packaging materials (including shipping sack papers, corrugated and solid fiberboard) (inclined plane method)
T 821 "Pin adhesion of corrugated board by selective separation"
T 832 "Water absorption of corrugating medium: float curl method"
T 1212 "Light sources for evaluating papers including those containing fluorescent whitening agents"
T 1214 "Interrelation of reflectance, R0; reflectivity, R8; TAPPI opacity, C0.89; scattering, s; and absorption, k
T 1215 "The determination of instrumental color differences"
T 1216 "Indices for whiteness, yellowness, brightness, and luminous reflectance factor"
T 1217 "Photometric linearity of optical properties instruments"
T 1218 "Calibration of reflectance standards for hemispherical geometry"
T 1219 "Storage of paper samples for optical measurements and color matching"

Notices of these final approvals were placed in either the June 15, June 22, or July 7 editions of ANSI Standards Action.

SSIG Members Needed

Classical Test Method T 697 "Accelerated test for viscosity stability of clay slurries" is due for its ten-year review. Poor response to the first two ballots has led to a number of Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) members being in danger of being dropped from the SSIG due to lack of response.

This method describes a procedure for predicting the relative storage life of aqueous kaolin clay dispersions by measuring viscosity increase during storage at an elevated temperature.

In order for this method to remain active, new SSIG members must be recruited to participate in the balloting process. If you have an interest in this method and would like to join the SSIG, please send a message to before August 6, 2012 (the due date for the ballot on Draft 3). When you join the SSIG before August 6, you will be sent the Draft 3 ballot to vote on.

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.

For Individual TIPs, order Item Number: 0108____ (Insert TIP number)

For Individual Standards, order Item Number: 0104T____ (Insert Standard number)

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