VOB online

How this site is organized

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Here you will find important information about VOB online, such as the help and the contact sections of the online service. You can find standards by using the "Search" function. You can also access the restricted area of the online service by using the login and register functions in order to see the included documents.

  • House symbol: Use this to return to the home page.
  • About VOB: A short introduction to the VOB
  • Content: Use the drop-down menu to select VOB 2016, VOB 2012 or VOB Supplement 2015.
  • Shop: Other publications and services that may be of interest.

Enter your search term in the top navigation bar and click on "Search".

The wildcard (*) is a free variable parameter for following letters or signs.

It can stand for one or more characters. For instance, entering the search term "cold-roll*" will bring up results for "cold-rolled" as well as for "cold-rolling".


Inside the search field you can also enter operators to connect search keywords.

  • And-conncection: AND or space
    Both search terms have to exist in the bibliographical data.
  • Or-connection: OR or pipe sign (|)
    One of both search terms has to exist in the bibliographical data.

The results of your inquiry appear as a quick overview (standards number, title, page reference), listed by relevance (in %).

If you are a registered user, you will get to the full text mode by using the adjoined button. If you are not logged in/registered the system will tell you to do so.

To see a standard in full-text mode

Use the button (pdf) to open the standard you want.

The number of the standard and the page number will be shown at the top.

To optimize your inquiry, click on "Advanced search" in the horizontal navigation bar. The following fields are available during the optimization of your search:

  • Hits per page: Display of 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 articles per page.
  • Phrase-search: Enter an optional number of terms using the wildcard or space or enter a full phrase
  • Document number: If you know the document number, enter it here
  • Publication date: Enter publication date.

Existing matches to your inquiry will be displayed in the search result.



Registered users have the possibilities to bookmark interesting documents in order to compose your personal list of standards.

Set your bookmark by clicking on the Neuer Inhalt Symbol

You can access this list from your customer profile under "My bookmarks". You can delete bookmarks by clicking again on the bookmark symbol.

Create notes

Create notes

In addition to the bookmarking of documents you have the possibility to create personal notes relating to interesting articles. These notes can be edited, added or deleted as desired. The management of your notes also takes place in your customer profile.

Click on Neuer Inhalt to open the note field and enter text. Save your note by clicking on Neuer Inhalt, click Neuer Inhalt to discard the draft or to delete the existing note.

Manage your notes in your customer profile under "My notes". Here you can find all your notes and the respective documents.

Digital Rights Management (copy restrictions)

We have introduced a digital rights management (DRM) system to prevent illegal reproduction of the PDF documents provided by this online service. This means that you can only open the documents when you are logged-on to this service and have installed the Adobe plug-in "FileOpen".

For instructions on installing the FileOpen plug-in click here.