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September 4, 2009 - Standard B965, Specification for High Performance Tin-Coated Annealed Copper Wire Intended for Electrical and Electronic Application for Solderability, has been approved by ASTM International Committee B01. Developed by Subcommittee B01.04 on Conductors of Copper and Copper Alloys, standard addresses bare conductor requirements, quality test, and inspection criteria for solderability testing, according to Stephen Childers, and will have applications in electronics and aerospace industries.

New Tin-Coated Annealed Copper Wire Standard Issued by ASTM Electrical Conductors Committee

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Press release date: September 3, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., September 3, 2009 - ASTM International Committee B01 on Electrical Conductors has approved a new standard for tin-coated annealed copper wire. The standard, B965, Specification for High Performance Tin-Coated Annealed Copper Wire Intended for Electrical and Electronic Application for Solderability, was developed by Subcommittee B01.04 on Conductors of Copper and Copper Alloys.

Stephen Childers, process engineer, IWG High Performance Conductors Inc., and a member of Committee B01, says that many standards within the electrical conductor industry make reference to B33, Specification for Tinned Soft or Annealed Copper Wire for Electrical Purposes. However, B33 doesn't cover the specifics for a tin-plated copper conductor intended to achieve solderability. B965 covers specific requirements for solderability applications.

Childers notes that tin-plated copper conductors are currently used in the industry where solderability is required. "B965 addresses the bare conductor requirements, quality test and inspection criteria for the solderability testing," says Childers. "The standard will have applications to both the electronics and aerospace industries."

ASTM International standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; or at For technical information, contact Stephen Childers, IWG High Performance Conductors Inc., Inman, S.C. (phone: 864-472-0438; ASTM Committee B01 meets Oct. 20-21 during the October committee week in Atlanta, Ga.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM's open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, please contact Jennifer Rodgers, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9694;

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

Barbara Schindler, ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Drive, W. Conshohocken, PA 19428
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