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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Operating Experience with the NipcoFloat Supercalender, 1990

Operating Experience with the NipcoFloat Supercalender, 1990 Finishing and Converting Conference Proceedings

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SNC - The Supercalender of the Nineties: Developments in Sup

SNC - The Supercalender of the Nineties: Developments in Supercalendering Technology and Practical Experiences, 1991 Finishing and Converting Conference Proceedings

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Vibrational Characteristics of Wound Paper Rolls: Experiment

Vibrational Characteristics of Wound Paper Rolls: Experiment and Theory, 1992 Finishing and Converting Conference Proceedings

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Critical Process Variables in the White Water System that Af

Critical Process Variables in the White Water System that Affect Glass Fiber Dispersion, 1993 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

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Use of Expert Systems for Recovery Boiler Tube Leak Detectio

Use of Expert Systems for Recovery Boiler Tube Leak Detection, 1992 Process Control, Electrical & Info. Conference Proceedings

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Stylus Profilometry on Paper Surfaces, 1990 International Pr

Stylus Profilometry on Paper Surfaces, 1990 International Printing & Graphic Arts Conference Proceedings

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Hot Soft Calendering: Effect on Surface Finish and Printabil

Hot Soft Calendering: Effect on Surface Finish and Printability of Paper, 1990 International Printing & Graphic Arts Conference Proceedings

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On-Line Basis Weight Gauging and Control System for the Manu

On-Line Basis Weight Gauging and Control System for the Manufacture of Moist Towelettes, 1991 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

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Progressive Deformation at the Crack Tip in Paper During Mod

Progressive Deformation at the Crack Tip in Paper During Mode 1 Fracture (Part 1 Bond Paper), 1991 International Paper Physics Conference Proceedings

Conference papers
Integrating and Testing Your Multi-Vendor Control Systems: S

Integrating and Testing Your Multi-Vendor Control Systems: Solving the Problem, 1991 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

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Modern Winder Parameter Control, 1993 Finishing and Converti

Modern Winder Parameter Control, 1993 Finishing and Converting Conference Proceedings

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Why Optimize the Winder? A Practical Approach to Optimizing

Why Optimize the Winder? A Practical Approach to Optimizing and Maintaining Winders, 1993 Finishing and Converting Conference Proceedings

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Fibre Morphology and the Response of Pulps to Medium Consist

Fibre Morphology and the Response of Pulps to Medium Consistency Fluidization, 1994 International Pan Pacific Conference Proceedings

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Studies of Anisotropic Permeability with Applications to Wat

Studies of Anisotropic Permeability with Applications to Water Removal in Fibrous Webs, 1992 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

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Setting the Scene for Environmental Compliance in the Last D

Setting the Scene for Environmental Compliance in the Last Decade of the Twentieth Century, 1990 Nonwovens Conference Proceedings

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Cell Wall Sulfur Distribution in Sulfonated Southern Pine La

Cell Wall Sulfur Distribution in Sulfonated Southern Pine Latewood - Part 2, 1991 International Paper Physics Conference Proceedings

Conference papers
Heat Sealing Linear Ethylene Plastomers to Ionomers or LLDPE

Heat Sealing Linear Ethylene Plastomers to Ionomers or LLDPEs, 1994 Polymers, Laminations & Coating Conference Proceedings

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Practical Discussion of ISO 9000, 1993 Polymers, Laminations

Practical Discussion of ISO 9000, 1993 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings

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Novel Polypropylene Resins Designed for Air Quenched Blown F

Novel Polypropylene Resins Designed for Air Quenched Blown Film Applications, 1994 Polymers, Laminations & Coating Conference Proceedings

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Wetting Tension Measurements on Corona-Treated Polymer Films

Wetting Tension Measurements on Corona-Treated Polymer Films, 1994 Polymers, Laminations & Coating Conference Proceedings