Schlage to drop SecureKey product line

Access control products maker Schlage, a business unit of Ingersoll Rand, announced earlier this week that it will no longer manufacture or ship its SecureKey line of products after Dec. 31.

The SecureKey technology is used inside the cylinder of residential door locks to enable re-keying of the lock without removing if from the door. After Dec. 31, the company said that it will begin using pin and tumbler re-keying technology.

According to a statement, the decision to no longer make or ship the SecureKey line has also facilitated an "amicable resolution" to litigation between Schlage and its competitor Kwikset. Kwikset filed a lawsuit against Schlage in 2010 alleging that its SecureKey products infringed on patents held by the company. Details regarding the settlement will remain confidential.

"The SecureKey cylinder is only a mechanism to re-key a lock; the core Schlage product that consumers have come to prefer and trust for their security remains the same," John Evans, Ingersoll Rand president of residential security solutions said in the statement. "We remain confident in our SecureKey products and will continue to provide customer support and honor all valid product warranties."