Brazilian steel producer Gerdau has recently implemented a comprehensive process optimization and quality control solution from Primetals Technologies at the continuous slab caster No 3 in its integrated steel plant in Ouro Branco in Brazil. The new systems are operated on virtualized servers through a software subscription model. As part of the subscription concept, Primetals Technologies provides regular updates and support for the recently installed systems. Therefore, the process optimization solutions are always up to date. The team from Primetals Technologies has heavily expanded its subscription offers over the past year, and the portfolio of software subscriptions is wide-ranging.Gerdau operates three continuous casters at its Ouro Branco site. At continuous caster No 3, the old Level 2 automation system has now been replaced by CC Optimizer, a process optimization solution from Primetals Technologies. Additionally, several expert systems will control and optimize parts of the plant.The new solution features, among other things, automated casting speed control, condition monitoring of the secondary cooling system, and early detection of breakouts. A fully integrated quality control system enables automated quality assessments and rapid failure analyses, which are based on production data gained over the long term.This project will virtualize all of Gerdau’s servers. The necessary hardware, including the operating systems, is managed in a central data center. This solution enables lifecycle management of the server infrastructure, ensures fast scaling of services, and shortens the response time of the IT team.