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 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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Tissue Manufacturing for Softness and Bulk

This webinar is appropriate for anyone new to tissue or needing an introduction to the manufacturing variables affecting softness in tissue grades: fiber raw materials, stock prep, wet end chemicals, forming, drying method, creping, calendering and converting.

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.

Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

This webinar is presented by Rosy Covarrubias, Buckman Internationalr and brought to you by the Women in Industry Division 


Flame Retardant Formulations, Testing and Environmental Concerns

This webinar is presented by Glade E. Squires and TAPPI NET Division. 

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. 

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.

Combat Process Disturbances and PID Loop Interactions

PID loop interactions and process disturbances are a leading source of process variability and instability in all processes. This webinar shows you how to employ new tools to easily obtain the effects of interaction and disturbances on your process (the models) and how to use these to break or eliminate loop interactions and the effects of disturbances.

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).

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.

Preventing Dissolving Tank Explosions

This webinar is presented by Jeff Butler and John Weikmann, Valmet


Basics of Refining

This webinar will focus on the basics of Refining; Why refine?, the key components and operation of Refiners. It will also address: Important Process variables/ guidelines, Controls and System Considerations, Maintenance and Mechanical Issues, and Plate Design/Application.

Nanocellulose in the Formulation of Emulsions and Formulation-Composition Maps

Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and naocrystals (CNC) are high aspect nanomaterials that can form structured networks. Taking advantage of this property, I will introduce novel approaches to wood deconstruction for the development of CNF and CNC. They mainly consist of microemulsions with super-solubilizing power and ultralow interfacial tension. Further, the unique properties of fluid multiphase systems will be exploited in the synthesis of various types of emulsions.

Binders - Latex Introduction to Emulsion Polymerization

This Webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Division and Binders & Additives Committee on March 22, 2012. The presenter is Mark Yanutola with the Omnova Performance Chemicals Division.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flame Retardants and Smoke Suppressants

This webinar is brought to you by TAPPI NET Division.  

Nanocellulose: The Road to Commercialization - Opportunities and Recommendations for Researchers, Producers, and End Users

This webinar is presented by Jack Miller, Market-Intell LLC – and brought to you by the Nanotechnology Division 


Tissue Softness Explained

This introductory webinar will  cover: softness definition, furnish selection, chemistry, manufacturing, creping, and softness quantification techniques. This webinar is ideal for those in tissue manufacturing and anyone who wants to understand the basic mechanisms surrounding this "touchy" subject.