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Manufacturing is one of the main fields of application of software agent technology. In this respect, several current research projects focus on workflow management, with the aim of an integration and coordination among plant and business activities. In section I, the state of the art is presented, relevant to software agents and to the technologies currently adopted in the exploitation of agents in manufacturing information systems. In section II, the possibility of developing real-time agentsdoi:10.2498/cit.2002.04.05 fatcat:gvev4zbgizfnvecdvno6ramkiy