Screw Feeders & Screw Presenters Overview

Screws aren’t the easiest things to pick and place. Small screws, the kind often used in electronics assembly, are especially difficult, even for workers with delicate fingers. This is why it pays to use screw feeding or presenting systems. Here’s some information about the options.

An Ergonomic Challenge

If you were using screws for a one-off assembly you’d pick each one out of a box using a pincer grip and insert it into a pre-drilled hole. In some assembly operations, the hole might already be threaded, in which case you’ll need to turn the screw back and forth to start the thread. Then you pick up the screwdriver, engage the bit and drive the screw home.

Now imagine doing that dozen of times per hour for an eight-hour shift. Your hand would quickly cramp up, you’d slow down, and you’d make mistakes. Adding a screw presenter or screw feeding system to the assembly operation overcomes this problem.

Two Types of Screw Presenter

The simplest system is the screw setter or shaker. This is a panel full of holes the diameter of the screw you’re using. Spread the screws over the panel and give it a shake. The screws will settle into the holes, head up, making it easier to pick them up.

The screw presenter is an advance on this. With a hopper capable of holding roughly 200-300 screws, this tool sorts and feeds screws one at a time to a pickup location for the operator to grab. If the screws are ferrous a magnetic screwdriver bit will pick up each one as needed. Stainless or other non-magnetic screws can be picked up by adding a vacuum pickup attachment to one of our torque screwdrivers.




The Automatic Screw Feeder

Like the screw presenters, the screw feeding systems also feature a hopper and rail system that orients and delivers screws one at a time. This device then delivers each screw through a small feed tube directly to the screwdriver tip. Place it, drive it home, and lift up; the next screw is instantly ready to be inserted without the operator having to pick or place a screw. These systems work with either pneumatic or electric-powered screwdrivers, in both push and lever start types. They are also often integrated with a smart 3-axis table for an automated assembly solution.



Use Cases in Manufacturing

The screw shaker is useful in low-volume manufacturing and assembly work. It improves the ergonomics of the job but doesn’t give a big increase in screws driven per hour. Because it puts each screw in the same location, the screw presenter speeds up the assembly task and so raises productivity. Use this in a medium volume assembly operation.

The ultimate in screw automation is the feeder. Delivering each screw right to the screwdriver tip eliminates repeated moves between assembly task and pickup location, so improving assembly efficiency. This is the tool for high-volume assembly work.



Justifying the Investment

The primary gain is the number of screws that can be driven per hour, but there are other benefits too. Eliminating ergonomic problems improves the job and prevents absences due to wrist injuries. Third, less fatigue means fewer mistakes. As one screwdriving mistake can scrap a whole assembly this can be a big saving!

Our experts at Sumake North America can help you decide which screw feeding system is right for your application. Contact Us or call (603) 402-9952.






Sumake North America Launches New Approach to Torque Readout Screwdrivers

Michael DeChambeau
Sumake North America
(603) 403-2924

Sumake North America Launches New Approach to
Torque Readout Screwdrivers

Sumake North America continues its tradition of affordable innovation with a line of Torque Readout Screwdrivers.    The Sumake system captures vital screwdriver readings including torque range, fastener turns, fastening times and screw count at a fraction of the cost of competitors’ readout systems. Combined with Sumake’s premium brushless motor, torque, clutched screwdriver technology, the Smart Torque Readout Display provides instant torque readout values that can be recorded on a computer or captured on an integrated PLC system. The system’s screw counting functionality assures that the operator has inserted the correct number of screws without stripping or cross-threading any.

Michael DeChambeau, President of Sumake North America, says, “Sumake is aggressively developing solutions for quality-conscious assembly operations that bring common-sense engineering to the fore.  Our smart technology brings affordable alternatives to the market to address the challenges of our customers.”

Smake is a Taiwan manufacturer and exporter specializing in professional high quality pneumatic tools, power tools, electric screwdrivers and battery tools suited to a wide range of applications including electronic, industrial and automotive.  All processes conform to ISO 9001 standards which ensures delivery of tools of the highest quality, packaged well and delivered on time.

Sumake North America, founded in 2005, is located in Amherst, NH.  Sumake North America, the exclusive distributor of Sumake tools in the US, Canada and Mexico, is represented by leading industrial and electronic sales reps and distributors.

For more information or to find your local distributor, contact Brant Mullens at or (603) 402-9952

Sumake North America
10 Northern Blvd, Unit 13
Amherst, NH 03031
(603) 402-9952

Sumake tools are here!

Hello and welcome to Sumake North America! We’re extremely proud to be the new and sole authorized distributor of Sumake tools throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

If you’re looking for the best in professional grade pneumatic tools, compressors and accessories at a competitive price, you’ve come to the right place. And we’re not just saying that to get your attention. Sumake stands for innovation…for cutting-edge technology…for reliability. If that’s not enough, Sumake tools and accessories are CE certified and manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards.

Plus — and this is a big one — we stand behind every product we sell. We’re here to provide professional and knowledgeable service before and after the purchase of each and every Sumake product.

I mean…really…you just can’t get any better than that.

Now that you’ve learned a little about us, what’s in store for the future? We’ll be providing product and service updates, and along the way we’ll talk about trends in the industry. Of course, we also welcome your feedback about Sumake tools and how they are making your company a better place to work.

One more thing. We’re looking to establish relationships with distribution partners in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Interested? Come join our team.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mike DeChambeau