The Edit Tape Parameters dialog comes up when you click “Add” on the Tape Positions page or right click on an existing tape and select Edit from the menu:
The “ID” column is the name for this tape; you can use any name you want: the component values of the tape, the label or number (if you wrote any) or whatever. The important thing is to use a name that you can identify later.
“Orientation” tells the machine which direction the part count increases. Please this page for orientation illustrations.
“Part Rotation” tells which way the components are placed on the tape pockets. This rotation refers to a tape in +Y orientation: Rotation value 0 means that components from a tape placed on the table in +Y orientation will be placed to the PCB “as is”: If a part is at 90 degrees on the CAD data, it is rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise (positive direction) when placed. The part rotations resulting from different orientations are automatically added.
“Nozzle” is the default nozzle number for this part. This can be changed on the job dialog.
“Next part” is the number of the part used next. As defined, the tape parameters refer to part tapes with part numbers starting from 1. The tape can be partly used, so here you tell the software where to start picking.
“Tape Width” dropdown column has the standard tape width and component pitch selections. The first number is the tape width, the second number is component pitch. Selecting a standard width automatically updates the pitch and offset values correctly.
“Type” dropdown has three choices, Clear Plastic, Black Plastic and Paper(White), which are the three type of tapes commonly used. This determines the video processing used to locate the tape holes.
As noted, the “Part Pitch”, “Offset X” and “Offset Y” values are automatically filled with correct values for standard tapes. If you select “custom” from the “Tape Width” dropdown, you can set in non-standard values here. (For example, setting Pitch to 0 makes the software to pick up the part from the same location each time.)
“Tray ID” sets the Tray ID of the tape. On the main Tape positions page, you can save and load several tape definitions at the time. The idea is that you can use trays of tapes (most likely, on holders) mounted on a tray with location marks (so that they sit on the same location each time) and this way, replace several tapes together. “Reset” button removes the Tray ID.
“First X” and “First Y” set the location of the first hole (or part, see below). The “Get Current” button fills the boxes with the current machine location.
“Use coordinates directly” checkbox omits the hole recognition. Instead, the software uses the given locations directly. Checking the box enables the “Last X” and “Last Y” boxes, where you set the location of the last part on the tape. Please note, that it doesn’t actually need to be the last (at least until capacity info is added to the software), just a part somewhere further away is sufficient. When you use the coordinates directly, the rotation value on the upper row doesn’t apply anymore. Instead, you set the value in the “Rotation” box by the First X, First Y boxes. This value is “direct”. For example, if you set -90 here, the part will be rotated -90 degrees (clockwise) when placed, if the CAD data says 0.
The “Get current” button under the last X, last Y boxes takes the current position of the machine and places that to the boxes. Do note, that while this dialog stays topmost in the program, you can activate the main window under it, jog the machine to the right position and click the button.
The “Pickup Z” and “Placement Z” values are the Z values used for the respective operations. With the buttons, you can “Reset” the values, causing the machine to measure them when used. Again, the “Get” button takes the current machine position to the corresponding box.