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Louden Super Track Overhead Carrier

Louden's expertise with Hay Carriers led Louden to produce industrial overhead carriers.  Below is a restored example of a Louden Super Track Overhead Carrier, one of Louden's chief industrial products.

The Louden Super Track Overhead Carrier shown below was acquired from one of the buildings once occupied by the Louden Machinery Company.  The current owner cleaned and painted it, then installed it in his shop.    Scroll down to see how it works.

Louden Machinery Company is credited with the invention and production of the world's first industrial overhead carrier systems.  Originally used in hay and dairy operations, later versions such as this one were adapted to heavy industry.  These larger examples were utilized, for example, by Boeing in the production of large aircraft during World War II.  These units are widely used by many industries.

Here is a quote from a Acco-Louden reseller:
"Acco-Louden - Pioneers in overhead monorail conveying - Over a century ago, The Louden Machinery Company pioneered the development of overhead monorail conveying. Today, Acco-Louden© provides the ideas, engineering and equipment that marks us as a leader in the growth of material handling technology used in American industry."

The ivory-colored beam moves from left to right (in this photo) by riding under the brown-colored beams.
Louden Super Track Carrier

This is a close-up of the trolley that rolls back and forth on the brown-colored beams. Larger units would be moved back and forth by electric motors -- this one is moved by pulling on it.
Louden Super Track Carrier

The trolley has wheels which roll along the each side of the beam flanges.
Louden Super Track Carrier

In turn, the hoist can move back and forth on the ivory-colored beam. This way, objects can be picked up and moved all around the area covered by the Super Track unit.
Louden Super Track Carrier

At this point, only the middle bay of this shop has hoist service.
Louden Super Track Carrier

Hoists in high-capacity duty would be controlled by electric motors -- this one raises and lowers by pulling on the chains.
Louden Super Track Carrier

Another view.
Louden Super Track Carrier

A page from the Acco Louden Products Catalog.
Louden Super Track Carrier

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