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
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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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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Operator Training Strategies Developing a more Competitive and Technologically Advanced Workforce

The webinar covers various methods of operator training, including the more advanced educational training used by the paper industry around the world; introduction to the newest and most advanced curriculum of e-learning available, developed by industry experts; and how mills can customize learning.

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Better Mill Decisions Through Detailed Grade Cost Analysis

Matthew Smith serves as President and CEO of 3C Software headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Prior to taking the leadership post in 2003, Matthew gained experience by working in different roles in the company from sales, software implementation, and project management.

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Webinar Increasing Paper Machine Agility with a Novel Grade Change Concept

Learn to assess the performance of their grade change system and see if it can or should be improved as well as how to explain how normal process interactions can make grade change difficult to control well. 

Linking Safety to Operational Excellence, 2007 TAPPI Papermakers and PIMA International Leadership Conference

Linking Safety to Operational Excellence, 2007 TAPPI Papermakers and PIMA International Leadership Conference

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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.

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The Power of Real-Time Costing

In most operating environments, operators and shift supervisors are focused on their individual operating parameters: keeping the line running and monitoring deviations in selected indicators. In most cases, they have no understanding of the dollar value of the various operating decisions they make and the knock-on impact their decisions may have through the value chain; whether in terms of total added cost or variance in usages.

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Sustaining Profit in Tomorrows Green Economy

The global economy will need to go green. What does that really mean? Will old concepts of sustainability endure? Where will forest products fit and who will profit? Join Avrim Lazar as he looks into our future. 

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Engaging Operators and Managers in Training and Development

How do you get your key players behind your learning initiatives? This webinar explains the important drivers for increasing Operator and Management engagement in training. Learn the typical time to obsolescence for today’s operators, hear success stories and explore the roles and responsibilities of managers in the success of training programs.

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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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Assessing Dryer Performance Using TAPPI TIPs

This webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Papermakers & Water Removal Committees on September 28, 2010.

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A Comparison of the FSC and SFI Forest Certification Standards

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards offer two approaches to forest management certificates. 

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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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Tissue Machine Vibration Monitoring Systems

Condition monitoring, particularly using vibration, is a well-established method for improving and maintaining tissue machine reliability. Using specialized instrumentation and software can help maintenance and operations personnel diagnose problems and plan for appropriate corrective actions. This webinar provides an overview of on-line systems for monitoring both rotating equipment and doctoring systems.

Books
SpecLogix Compendium of Paper & Printing

SpecLogix Compendium of Paper & Printing

The Changing Role of TAPPI in the Development of Standards for the Global Paper Industry, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

The Changing Role of TAPPI in the Development of Standards for the Global Paper Industry, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Forest Products Industry Technology Roadmap: Increase the Supply of High-Quality Fiber and Low-Cost Biomass, (power point) 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Forest Products Industry Technology Roadmap: Increase the Supply of High-Quality Fiber and Low-Cost Biomass, 2009 TAPPI Engineering, Pulping, Environmental Conference

Market reports
Productivity & Waste Survey

Fibre Box Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the publication of the corrugated industry’s biennial Productivity & Waste Survey (PWS).  The 2015 survey provides useful benchmarking data on productivity, waste and starch consumption, and offers the best-in-class data for users to compare operations.

Mechanical drive solutions with life-cycle support for the pulp & paper industry, PaperCon '09 Conference

Mechanical drive solutions with life-cycle support for the pulp & paper industry, PaperCon '09 Conference