Participate in TAPPI Standards Test Methods, the Industry’s Technical Foundation

TAPPI Standards  are test methods used in the measurement, evaluation, and description of forest products, their manufacture, use or research.

All TAPPI Standards Test Methods have a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) made up of industry professionals who regularly review and vote on that test method. Each SSIG must have a minimum of 10 volunteers to conduct a valid review of the test method.

There’s no better way to gain a comprehensive understanding of a test method and have input on how it works than by being part of a SSIG.

The following SSIGs are in need of more reviewers:

  • T 520 cm-07 Curl of gummed flat paper is a method describing a procedure for determining the degree of curl developed by a remoistenable gummed sheet when it is exposed to specified conditions of humidity.
  • T 613 cm-10 Analysis of caustic soda is a method describing a procedure for the analysis of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide). The following determinations comprise the usual complete analysis: alkalinity (total), carbonate, chloride, iron, and sulfate. Most of the caustic soda used by the pulp and paper industry is a water solution of approximately 50% or 73% NaOH; it is also available in solid, flake, or ground (powder) form. Commercially, it is quoted on a 76% sodium oxide (Na2O) basis, approximately equivalent to 98% NaOH.
  • T 203 cm-09 Alpha-, beta- and gamma-cellulose in pulp is a method for determination of alpha, beta- and gamma-cellulose can be applied to bleached or delignified pulps only. Unbleached and semi-bleached pulps must be delignified before testing.
  • T 264 cm-07 Preparation of wood for chemical analysis describes a procedure for further preparation of wood that has been sampled for analysis in accordance with TAPPI T 257 “Sampling and Preparing Wood for Analysis.” It is also a method for determination of moisture content in wood is described.

You don’t need to be an expert to have a voice! Different views and perspectives are valued in SSIGs. Young Professionals and those newer to the industry are incredibly valuable to SSIGs.

What is required for SSIG participation?

  • Willingness to grow as an industry influencer, sharing your expertise, knowledge and technical information to help shape the industry’s future.
  • No meetings to attend.
  • Minimal time commitment.
  • Desire to expand your knowledge and network.
  • You don’t have to be a TAPPI member to participate.

Here are six reasons to participate.

TAPPI Standards and TIPs are of the utmost importance in the pulp, paper and converting industries as they have a serious impact on business and trade. Be part of the process that helps our industry grow and evolve.  Get started now.