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New Esko-Graphics Platesetter Expands Scientific Games Capabilities

Press release from the issuing company

Vandalia, OH - June 5, 2003 - Esko-Graphics announces that Scientific Games International, Inc. has successfully installed a CDI Compact flexo platesetter with PowerBeam optics. It will be used to produce plates for the tickets it prints for domestic and international lotteries. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Scientific Games International, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation, a publicly held (NASDAQ: SGMS), multinational corporation that serves, among others, the lottery industry. Scientific Games produces billions of high quality, secure instant lottery tickets annually on its state-of-the-art printing systems. Scientific Games also provides promotional game cards to companies around the globe. Based on the award winning technology of the premier and most productive device for flexo imaging, the Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI) Compact specifically addresses narrow and medium web flexo applications, including the flexible packaging and folding carton market. It is available for plate sizes up to 48" x 35". PowerBeam optics provide the highest throughput of any flexo platesetter. Scientific Games operates three presses, including a 15-station gravure, a combination flexo/offset capable of up to 17 colors, and a 21-color flexo. Scientific Games now operates a complete digital, direct-to-press workflow. The CDI is responsible for successfully supplying all flexo plates for both the combination press and the 21-color press. For Scientific Games, time to press is most important. "The CDI PowerBeam is the fastest machine in the market, and we're able to burn 2-up, two-print units at a time on one piece of material," says Steve Charles, Scientific Games Production Control Manager. "We run 18-25 different jobs per week. Jobs change very quickly. With the CDI platesetter, we can operate our department using a Just-In-Time philosophy, allowing customers to make last-minute changes, while keeping our schedule." The initial installation, overseen by Pitman Company and Esko-Graphics, ran very well. The CDI was plugged in, plates were made, the press was fingerprinted, curves were set, and plates for the first jobs immediately went to press. This was important, because with a 24/7 press schedule Scientific Games could not afford the time testing plates. Accepting 1-bit TIFF files, the CDI was very compatible with Scientific Games’ existing workflow. "We didn't have to revise our workflow. The CDI even works well with our Cyrel Fast plate processor. We've enjoyed 95% uptime," notes Mr. Charles.