The Fluidic Muscle Press station presses work piece inserts into the housings. The rotary/linear actuator (transfer device) moves the housing with the insert placed on it under the press. The pneumatic muscle performs the pressing operation. The finished work piece is then transported to the transfer position using the rotary/linear actuator. An optical diffuse sensor is attached to the arm of the actuator for sensing the work piece. The pressing pressure is monitored and displayed using the analogue pressure sensor. The press-in speed and depth can be varied both manually via throttle and pressure regulator and electronically via the proportional pressure regulator.