B05 Copper and Copper Alloys
    Title: Workshop on Advances in Copper Wire Making
    Dates: Wednesday April 18 2012
    Location: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel; Phoenix, AZ
    Event Name: April 2012 Committee Week

    About The Event
    Registration Information
    Technical Chair Contact Information
    Hotel Information
    Transportation and Directions
    Standards Development Meetings
    Future Meeting Dates


    A Workshop on Advances in Copper Wire Making will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Sponsored by ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, the workshop will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ, in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of the committee.

    The Workshop will provide advances in Copper wire making with some emphasis on recent improvements in continuous casting. The talk summarizes some developments that have occurred in the mining and subsequent manufacture of copper rod from 9000 BC until the present time. Principles and practices associated with continuous rod production are presented from a metallurgical perspective, and include the effects of oxygen content, impurities, and rod cleaning methods.

    Likewise, a brief historical review is given of important changes to ASTM copper rod standards, and to wire drawing events dating back several thousand years. Finally, predictions are made concerning the future of the wire and cable industry with particular emphasis on copper wire, technology in this market, and competitive materials.

    The Workshop will include a slide show with Dr. Horace Pops of B05, B01, Fellow of ASM, currently a Consultant, and formerly director of Metals Laboratory at Superior Essex Industries. The talk will draw upon his paper titled "A History of Copper, Continuous Casting, and Wire Drawing: The Past 11,000 Years and Beyond" which will be available to attendees.


    Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the workshop and closes April 11, 2012.The fees to attend this workshop are listed below. There is no fee to attend the workshop.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at, Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



    On Site

    ASTM Member Fee
    Non-Member Fee
    Student Fee


    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman Ted Engle, Revere Copper Products, Inc, Rome, NY,, 315-338-2204.


    All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Reservations may be made by telephoning the hotel at 866-837-4213. To make your hotel reservation on-line, visit Reservation at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Select your dates and proceed as instructed. If you need assistance with your hotel reservation call the hotel directly at 602-262-2500.

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than March 14, 2012. ASTM rates are $160 single/double plus 13.7% tax (you must mention ASTM in order to receive a group rate). You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.

    U.S. GOVERNMENT RATES: The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $128.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    ADVANCE DEPOSIT: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

    CONFIRMATION NOTICES: The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel Reservation Center will provide you with a confirmation number.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received 24 hours prior to arrival date.

    Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

    INTERNET: The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel has wired and wireless high speed internet access in guest rooms at $12.95 per day.


    The hotel is located approximately 5 miles/10 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hotel's phone number is 602-262-2500 and the general fax number is 602-262-2501. The web site for the hotel is Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel Information

    For information on the city of Phoenix, visit the Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at: Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Arizona Airport Express is available at the baggage claim terminal. The phone number for the shuttle service is 602-788-333. The cost is $20 for one person and $3.00 additional per person one way. Taxis cost approximately $30.

    PARKING: Overnight parking is available at $25 for valet and $17 self parking with in and out privileges.


    Meeting schedules of Committee B05 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM staff manager, Jen Rodgers at or tel: 610-832- 9694.


    Committee B05 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".

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