Ever wish you had some way to hold your bag open for you, while you try to stuff it with whatever you need? That is just one of the many uses the Bag Rack has. Drew Schiller, the man behind the rack, is hoping to add travel to that list.
The all American-made BagRack – moulded by a manufacturer in Indiana and packaged in Kentucky – includes a universal adapter which it’s claimed allows consumers to hang grocery or trash bags “from the top, the side or from underneath any smooth non-porous surface: glass, metal, plastic (and) fibreglass.”
Assembly of the back rack is a breeze. The most critical element is – of course – finding a suitable surface from which to hang it or attach it. Some interior work surfaces can be temperamental and other factors like dirt, motion, or changes in temperature may affect adhesion of the suction cups.
The physical strength of the plastic bag also comes into play, open it too wide and the bag handles lose their inherent structural strength. “The whole concept of my design is to hold it (the bag) open in its strongest position. So it only holds it open four inches” said Schiller.
It has taken BagRack Systems just over two years to bring the product to market. “I definitely followed the route of trial and error” said Schiller, whose first prototype was manufactured out of Styrofoam, then a coat hanger, hardwood, and Stereolithography (SLA®) before arriving at the ultimate plastic moulded version. Although Schiller didn’t have the advantage of an engineering degree – he has a BSc in Business – he’s always been a self-starter. “I’ve always been a problem solver and a creative person,” he said. “I’d always be thinking about better ways to do things.”