Developing TAPPI Standards

Standards are of the utmost importance in the pulp, paper and converting industries as they have a serious impact on business and trade. As a member, you are eligible to get involved in the process of developing new Standards for the industry.

How to Propose new Standards

Are you interested in proposing a new Standard? We encourage members to consult our complete list of subject categories for Standards below, or view the PDF list.

If you have a general idea for a Standard, you can complete the New Idea Submission Form. We will review your idea and identify the right committee or group to work on your suggestion.

If you already further along, you can send an initial draft to standards@tappi.org. A Standards manager will then work with you to develop a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) for the new Standard. This will set in motion the development and review process, which is described in the Standards Guidelines.

TAPPI Standards Guidelines

If you are at the writing stage, or if you are the chairperson of a Standards working group, you can download a copy of our Regulations and Style Guidelines.

In this manual, you will find:

  • How to write a Standard Test Method using proper terminology and format
  • How to write TAPPI Standard Specifications, Glossaries and Guidelines using proper terminology and format
  • What requirements exist for precision statements in Official and Provisional Test Methods
  • A checklist to make sure all required sections have been included in a Standard draft
  • How working group chairperson, working groups and Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs) fit into the process of preparing a Standard
  • How the balloting process works
  • How to resolve comments and negative votes

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Webinars
Boost Mill Wide Productivity with a Common Language Approach

This webinar is about how pulp and paper mills need to evolve from their current "craft" based to a "data" based operation.  This data based operation will lead to view the overall mill process as a unified system.

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Modern Hydraulic Headboxes - Managing Expectations and Operations

 This Webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Papermakers & Water Removal Committees on October 11, 2011. The seminar was available live to all members of the Papermakers, Water Removal, and young professionals Committee. 

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Corona and Plasma Surface Treatments The Opportunities

This webinar addresses the roots of surface treatment challenges for polymeric, metallic, and composite materials, and identifies the corona and plasma treatment mechanisms which overcome those challenges. Corona discharges and Atmospheric pressure plasmas are valuable tools for the surface treatment of materials prior to printing, laminating, coating, painting, bonding, and other applications.

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Paper Machine Centrifugal Cleaner Systems A Brief Tutorial

Jon Kerr is a paper industry professional with extensive product management, sales and marketing, and strategic planning experience in stock preparation and recycled fiber processing systems.

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VPA and New Indices for Quantifying and Troubleshooting Sheet Quality

Sheet properties measured both on-line and off-line are often expressed in arrays of values called "profiles" in cross-machine direction (CD) and "trends" in machine direction (MD).  With the computing power, memory capacity, and display technology available in today's quality control and mill-wide systems, a new set of indices and two-dimensional analysis methods can be useful for better quantifying sheet quality and provide more insights for troubleshooting sheet-making processes. 

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Machine Thermal Sprayed Yankee Dryer Coatings

Machine thermal sprayed Yankee coatings have evolved over the past decade from an asset preservation expenditure to a machine performance investment. Furthermore, with the rapid acceptance of steel Yankee dryers, thermal coatings are required.

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High performance cement via cellulose nanocrystal addition

This webinar is presented by Professor Jeffery Youngblood, Purdue University . 

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Filling your Wet End Chemistry Toolbox Part 1 Fundamentals

This webinar is the first in a series presented by the Papermaking Additives committee focused on Wet End Chemistry. This series will expand on certain topics covered in their annual Wet End Chemistry course.

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Flame Retardants and Smoke Suppressants

This webinar is brought to you by TAPPI NET Division.  

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Energy and Process Optimization through Microwave Consistency Measurement

Luca Canali is a Development Leader of Diagnositc Systems for Cristini. He received his degree in Industrial Chemisty and Paper Technology. He has been with Cristini since 2005 serving as a service engineer and developer of diagnostic systems.

Phillipos Vrizas is a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences in Germany where he studied paper technology & received a graduate degree in engineering. Since 2001 he has worked for Propapier in Germany and currently works as a Technology Manager.

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Drying and Profiling Efficiency of Steam Profilers

Dr. Nuyan is Vice President of Pulp and Paper Applications NA at Valmet. He has held previous positions in R&D, product management and support, sales and marketing support, applications and business management throughout his career with Valmet (formerly Metso).

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Microbes in Papermaking: Do You Have a Problem

Microorganisms can thrive in papermaking systems when water, cellulose, starch, furnish and other additives combined at favorable pH and warm temperatures.

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Cellulose Nanomaterials: Measurement Needs and Potential Solutions

As global efforts continue to discover new applications for cellulose nanomaterials, commercial production and processing of these materials will have unique measurement needs. 

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The Benefits of People Development ROE ROI or Both

This webinar describes ways to assess the impact of workforce development and how alignment with organizational success can be achieved.

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It's not a question of IF: Digital Printing for Corrugated Packaging Part II

This webinar is presented by Kevin Karstedt, Jeff Wettersten and introduced by Cory Francer. 

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Biofilm Control in Papermaking Webinar

This webinar will discuss: How to recognize the problems caused by biofilms, Understanding how biofilms are formed, Develop an understanding of the strategies used to control biofilm formation, & Identify the steps required to design and implement a biofilm control program.

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Wet End Chemistry Fundamentals Series #3

Dr. Pruszynski received his MSc and PhD from University of Poznan, Poland in the area of Physical Organic Chemistry where he taught for 12 years. Przem is an author and coauthor of close to 100 papers and conference contributions.  His areas of expertise include water chemistry, wet-end chemistry, papermaking chemistry, mechanical pulping and bleaching, papermaking and paper properties.

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Increasing Paper Machine Agility with a Novel Grade Change Concept

A narrow grade mix and long grade runs were once common. Not today. Most machines make a wider set of products with many grade changes.

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Monitoring Tools and Strategies for the Detection and Control of Microbial Growth in Papermaking Systems

Provides an overview of monitoring approaches that can be used to assess the performance of biocontrol programs and optimize treatment strategies for improved control of microbial spoilage and deposit formation. Appropriate for anyone with an interest in deposit control and spoilage in industrial systems.

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How to Deal with Misleading Environmental Claims Related to Print and Paper

Phil is President and COO of Two Sides U.S., a non-profit that that promotes the responsible use of print and paper, as well as the unique sustainability features of print and paper. Two Sides operates in 12 countries and has over 1,000 members, and is currently a well-known entity in Europe.

Paper Technology Foundation at Western Michigan University