RANAR CBX 2024 Analogue Timer Exposure Unit 110v - This is the original analogue "egg" timer version of this unit. The CBX 2024 is a low cost, economical screen exposure unit designed for the entry level tee shirt printer working from home. This screen exposure unit has an exposure area of 20x24, and features UV black-light fluorescent bulbs (20 watts each), analog timer, a padded weight to compress for positive film-to-screen-glass contact, and 110 volts. All major Ranar equipment pricing includes crating fees and free shipping!
The CBX2024 is a low cost, easy to use, screen exposure unit designed specifically for the entry level t-shirt printer working from home or a small shop. This screen exposure unit features an exposure area of 20" x 24", high output unfiltered black light fluorescent bulbs (20 watts each), a built in mechanical timer, and a padded weight to create solid film-to-screen contact necessary for a quality stencil.
"What is that thing for?" That is a common question many customers have about the CBX's padded weight. The answer: It serves the same purpose as the vacuum system does on a floor model exposure unit. It pushes mesh on the screen all the way down against the glass and the film positive.
Having insufficient contact between the screen mesh and the film positive creates a gap which allows the light from the exposure unit to creep around the edges of your artwork and reduces the quality of the stencil. The padded weight eliminates that gap, pushes the screen mesh all the way down against the film positive and allows you to make a quality screen for quality prints.
This economical, compact non-vacuum model runs on 110v, drawing only 3 amps, and easily exposes dual cure, photopolymer and capillary film in just minutes, allowing you to make quality screens at home.
The CBX weighs only 35 lbs., and ships fully assembled via UPS ground. A digital timer upgrade option is available for more accurate and consistent exposure times.
The factory is closed on Saturdays and Sundays as well as all major holidays. Supply orders ship within 3 to 5 business days. Equipment orders have a 2 to 3 week lead time to ship from the date your payment is confirmed and cleared. All standard shipping is provided by UPS ground. Items that ship freight may vary by carrier.
If you have questions, need rush service or personal details need to be arranged for equipment orders please call Catspit Productions. Do not call RANAR. We are a dealer for RANAR; if you call them direct you’re making a purchase from RANAR not Catspit Productions. If you wish to support us and do business with us then please call us direct for all your equipment and supplies needs. We’re happy to help out in any way. 480-899-9089
The warranty information is as follows on all RANAR equipment across the board:
3 years on mechanical. This includes the build of the press and the parts.
2 years on infrared panels for dyers and flash cure units.
1 year on all electrical work.
Posted by Hangup House on 3rd Jun 2016
So I purchased the exposure unit and the free shipping was a nice touch. When it arrived at my house the glass top was shattered. Thankfully, I received a response from Jonathan within 24 hours and he notified me it was shipping out asap. I got the replacement glass promptly barring some flooding in Texas.
Thanks once again. I'll be making many future purchases.
Posted by Mikey Designs & Silk Screen on 14th Nov 2014
Let me start off by saying, the customer service at Catspit is fantastic! Jonathan always takes care of me. The unit arrived within a week of placing my order, it made it in one piece, and it's a great looking unit. This is an upgrade for my garage shop, going from a 500 watt working lamp. I wish I could have got this unit sooner! It has cut my exposure time by 2/3rds, and I am holding halftones in the 5-10% and 90-95% range, which I couldn't do with my working lamp setup, even with using a foam pad, glass, and weight on the glass. To me, one of the great things that makes this standout above the competition, is the padded weight it comes with. Plus, with the total cost of shipping added, it's still less expensive. I do however use a 3" foam pad and a couple 10 lb rubber dumbbells when exposing fine halftones, just to be sure I'm getting proper positive contact. Probably over kill, but some of my frames are a little warped and have seen better days.
Posted by James Broussard on 30th Jan 2014
After dialing in my burn time for my particular situation at 3.5 minutes, I am very please with this unit. For simple reasons, it is small, lite weight, easy to use, well constructed, shipped properly with no damages upon arrival, great and personal customer service, arrived within a week even with ground shipping, and it does what it is supposed to do for a reasonable price. It is also made better than similar models on the market. Thanks Ranar and Catspit.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Jan 2014
I burned my first screen today with the Ranar 2024. I ganged two images up on one screen. One hand illustration with opage black pen on translucent paper and one halfone image on the same translucent paper. I burned at 4 minutes using dual cure emulsion (chromaline udc2), tripple coated with the sharp edge of the scoop. I found that the halftones closest to the bulb ends and between the bulbs did not expose correctly and did not wash out well at all. I think I will try only using one image per screen at four minutes again. On the third try, I will use the same two pieces of art as the first time, but burn at 3 minutes instead of four. I used a bigger burn unit at work one time with the same dual cure emulsion, same translucent paper for art, and tripple coated and burned at 4 minutes for non-halftoned images and 3.5 minutes for halftoned images, so I think it's going to work out to be about the same with this unit. So...I am still in the setup stage and cannot give a 100% thumbs up on this unit yet, but, I will say that I was very impressed that the packaging and the shipping resulted in no damages to the unit. All bulbs were in perfect condition as well as the whole unit itself. I had to figure out on my own, being that their is no book or literature accompanying the unit, that every two marks on the timer stands for one minute. I like the size and lite weight of the unit and it's simplicity in design. I find that the positive contact weight works well, if...the frame is aluminum. The screen that I tested is wooden framed and is a little warped, therefore I had to use extra weight to achieve positive film contact. Overall I will give this unit a thumbs up for beginners and small yet experienced shops. I have been burning screens with the sun for a long time, with success, but for those days without sunlight or at night when I get the hankering to burn a screen, this unit does the job. I will need some practice to dial in the optimum abilities of this unit within my situation and would like to give an updated critique of the Ranar 2024 exposure unit. One last note, the only video Ranar has on this unit is poor...It shows a shortened burn time, and it does not show the exposed screen being washed out completely, so the viewer doesn't really know if the unit actually works well. The video should also show someone burning halftones and washing those out successfully as well as burning large images. I sense that the unit was designed on several assumptions yet not a whole lot of testing...Overall, the unit needs a better promo video.
Posted by Andy Barker on 7th Oct 2013
As someone who started out with a hobbyist screenprinting kit from "those other guys" I was used to doing (and often RE-doing) screen exposures with a 500w halogen work light mounted in my press. The CBX-2024 took my exposure headaches and threw them out the window! What used to take me 7-8 minutes with a halogen now takes about a minute and a half. I get great exposure, crisp lines, and even great dot detail with minimal undercutting!
My only suggestion when using the unit is to place a little more weight on top of the padded weight that comes with the unit (better contact = better detail). And my only "negative" is that I purchased a job cart with this as well, hoping it would fit evenly on top - it would, if the cord for the plug was a bit higher up on the unit. Not a huge deal for me, though - I just keep it placed catty-cornered on top of the cart and it's fine.
This is a unit that quickly pays for itself in saved time/headaches and better results over a 500w halogen. And you can't go wrong with free shipping ;)