The "MELSEC-QS Safety programmable controller" is designed for safety control, compliant to the international safety standards EN954-1 Category 4, ISO13849-1 PL e, and IEC61508 (JIS C 0508) SIL 3.*1 The QS can be connected to an emergency stop switch, a light curtain, etc., to shut off (safety output OFF) the power of hazard sources (robots etc.) according to user programs. Operation of machines (robots, conveyors, etc.) is controlled by standard programmable controllers. The major difference is that the QS is equipped with a safety function which can forcibly turn off the safety output by error diagnostics.