Brazilian aluminum producer Novelis do Brazil Ltda. has commissioned Primetals Technologies to modernize the automation system installed in its hot strip mill in Pindamonhangaba in the state of São Paulo. The existing basic automation will be replaced by a new platform, and the operator control and monitoring system as well as the server systems will be modernized. This will improve the reliability and availability of the plant. The modernization work will take place during ongoing operations without the need for additional plant shutdowns, and is due for completion by mid-2017.