The BEUMER stretch hood A features an intuitive menu system accessible via a soft-touch panel, an optimized, ergonomically designed workplace for the operator and material-friendly transporting of the film in the machine thanks to a new film transport system. Maintenance work, such as changing the blades, or the sealing bars, are now handled at floor level. The operator opens a drawer for these activities, providing free access to blades and sealing bars. The machine is automatically brought to a standstill to protect the operator. This removes the need to move subassemblies to maintenance position. On its way to the crimping and stretching unit, the sealing seam on the film hood cools down so that it can be crimped without losing time. This removes the need for an energy-intensive cooling unit and time-consuming cooling. The pallets can be packed in a shorter cycle time thus reducing idle times, while at the same time ensuring improved packaging performance and less energy consumption.