African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4094

Full Length Research Paper

The application of FMEA in the oil industry in Iran: The case of four litre oil canning process of Sepahan Oil Company

Masoud Hekmatpanah1*, Arash Shahin2 and Natraj Ravichandran3
  1Department of Management, Islamic Azad University, Ardestan Brach, Isfahan, Iran. 2Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. 3Department of Management, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 February 2011
  •  Published: 04 April 2011



Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is an effective technique for preventing the potential problems and actions needed in eradicating the cause of error in oil industries. On the other hand, oil producing companies play a critical role in the oil industry in Iran as a developing country, out of which Sepahan Oil Company has a significant contribution. The aim of this research is to show how FMEA could be applied to improve the quality of products at Sepahan Oil Co. For this purpose, the four litre production line of the company has been selected for investigation.  The findings implied that the application of FMEA has reduced the scraps from 50000 to 5000 ppm and has resulted in a 0.92% decrease of the oil waste.


Key words: FMEA, Iran, Sepahan Oil Company, canning, waste, scrap.